If you're always the designated driver, or just looking to cut back, finding a lower-alcohol alternative that isn't too sweet and still feels 'grown-up' can be a challenge.
We asked our expert wine-tasting panel for tips on choosing the best low- and no-alcohol alternatives for easy summertime drinking as part of our summer series of expert taste tests.
Read on to find out their suggestions, plus some handy hints and tips for serving and storing drinks in hot weather.
If you're gearing up for an afternoon of festivities, a jug of sangria is the perfect crowd-pleaser to keep everyone happy. Traditional recipes call for the addition of brandy, but you'll find it much fresher (and lower alcohol) without.
All you need to do is select a fruity wine (usually red, but rosé would also do) and mix it with your soft drink of choice - lemonade or flavoured sparkling water should do the trick nicely.
A generous amount of ice and a few handfuls of fresh fruit will add to the festive feel. Lemons and oranges are the most common choice, but you can add any of your favourites.
A good starting point is equal parts wine and soft drink, then you can adjust according to your personal taste.
A spritz is defined as any wine-based cocktail, and is a good way to reduce the amount of alcohol in your drinks without losing the classic flavour notes.
As a rule of thumb, it's best to use one-third white or rosé wine and two-thirds soda water. This will lighten the taste of the wine and add an element of carbonation to keep things interesting.
If you fancy giving it an extra refreshing twist, try adding something sharp-flavoured, such as ginger or lime. Make sure your chosen glass is large enough to fit plenty of ice too.
If you're looking to avoid alcohol altogether, or alternate with soft drinks, a plain or flavoured tonic is an excellent alternative with a refreshing bitter edge.
There's a vast array of options available now, so you shouldn't struggle to find one to your liking, whether you prefer something a little fruitier or a drink with a sharp or even herby edge.
Tonic is fresh, not too sickly and full of flavour - it'll do a decent job of keeping you hydrated in the summer heat too.
A slightly more off-piste suggestion from our experts was that of kombucha - a fermented fizzy drink made from yeast, sugar and black tea that's become more widely available and popular in recent years.
It has a similar texture and body to alcoholic drinks thanks to the fermentation process, although it contains less than 0.5% ABV in most cases (the same as most alcohol-free beers).
Kombucha can be an acquired taste - think fizzy and slightly sour - but like tonic, there are plenty of flavour options around, so it's worth experimenting to find a fit for you.
Regardless of whether you're drinking alcohol, summer drinks should be refreshing, not lukewarm. Cooling your drinks correctly helps to enhance the fruit and brings flavours into balance.
Our wine-tasting experts gave us their tips for keeping your drinks cool come summer: