In 2021 more and more people are making a choice not to drink alcohol, or to take regular breaks from booze, as a personal choice to fit in with a healthier lifestyle. Dry January and Sober October have become part of the social calendar. And of course, most occasions require at least one person to be the designated driver. Drinking alcohol has traditionally been a key element of having a good time, and is often central to planning a dinner or party. For the non-drinking guest, asking for an alcohol free alternative can feel like a dampener on the occasion. Often the alternative to an alcoholic beverage is not very sophisticated or appetising – water, coke, orange juice, or something overly sweet and full of calories that doesn’t pair well with food. For the host, the offer of the alternative needs to be combined with an apology. ‘I’m really sorry but all I have is sparkling water, not very exciting …’ At Saporista we are determined that enjoying good food and good times should not need to involve an alcoholic beverage, in the same way that it does not need to involve meat for vegetarians. Our friends at NINE ELMS have inspired us to come up with no less than NINE ways to ensure that a non-alcoholic event does not turn into a non-event!
So, nine ways to host a brilliant alcohol-free dinner party, or at least to ensure your non-drinking guests don’t miss out on any aspect of the occasion! Now all you need to do is order your Saporista selection to ensure you’ve got all the tasty nibbles covered!