If you’re trying to abstain from alcohol this month, we feel your pain. Dry January was either invented by the devil himself as some sort of preparatory template for purgatory, or concocted by drinks companies safe in the knowledge that everyone consumes three times as much alcohol in February to make up for it. Whatever the genesis of this pernicious health trend, it need not be a slog.
If you’re determined to cut your consumption this month, there are ways of doing it without locking yourself in a dark room or resorting to lurid soft drinks or, God forbid, “mocktails”. Here are a few sophisticated (very) low-alcohol options for the man who knows how to treat himself while being virtuous.