I remember the first time I wrote an article on non-alcoholic drinks. It was 10 or so years ago, and such was the dearth of options, my recommendations comprised a widely known brand of elderflower cordial and a collection of homemade concoctions. Since then, the market for products with a depth and nuance of flavour not found in mainstream soft drinks has grown so much that a number of the major retailers now display them under the banner of ‘adult’ soft drinks (somewhat misleadingly, as in my experience children like them, too). Three delicious and diverse favourites for summer sipping are below, but one of my favourite homemade thirst quenchers is the lemon- (non-traditional lime is just as good) and-mint combination served in the Middle Eastern restaurants near where I live in west London. Simply blitz together lemon juice, mint leaves, sugar syrup (homemade or a shop-bought gomme such as Monin) and water, adjusting proportions to your tastes. You’ll need a (non-plastic) straw to avoid filtering floating bits through your teeth.