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A serious and stylish look at sophisticated nonalcoholic beverages by a former Bon App tit editor and James Beard Award nominee.

"Julia Bainbridge resets our expectations for what a 'drink' can mean from now on."--Jim Meehan, author of Meehan's Bartender Manual and The PDT co*cktail Book

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Bon App tit - Los Angeles Times - Wired - Esquire - Garden & Gun

Blackberry-infused cold brew with almond milk and coconut cream. Smoky tea paired with tart cherry juice. A bittersweet, herbal take on the Pimm's Cup. Writer Julia Bainbridge spent a summer driving across the U.S. going to bars, restaurants, and everything in between in pursuit of the question: Can you make an outstanding nonalcoholic drink? The answer came back emphatically: "Yes."

With an extensive pantry section, tips for sourcing ingredients, and recipes curated from stellar bartenders around the country--including Verjus Spritz, Chicha Morada Agua Fresca, Salted Rosemary Paloma, and Tarragon Cider--Good Drinks shows that decadent brunch co*cktails, afternoon refreshers, and evening digestifs can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

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ISBN-13: 9781984856340

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed

Publication Date: 10-06-2020

Pages: 176

Product Dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julia Bainbridge is an editor who has worked at Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Yahoo Food, and Atlanta magazine, and a James Beard Award-nominated writer whose stories have been published in Food & Wine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Playboy, among others. Her profile of chef Iliana Regan was named one of Longreads Best of 2019: Food Writing, and Saveur magazine named an essay of hers one of the ten best food stories of 2016. She judged both the 2019 and 2020 Art of Eating Prize, serves on the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards Advisory Committee, and was the first-ever writer in residence at industry leader Food52. After building a career around why and how people gather, Bainbridge pivoted into why people don't, launching The Lonely Hour podcast to explore social disconnection and other forms of loneliness. In the three years since, the show has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, Women's Health, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the BBC, NPR, and more.

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Of Me

I spent the summer of 2018 crisscrossing the country in my (somewhat) dependable 2006 Subaru Impreza. After a decade of writing about food and drinks in New York City and two years doing the same in Atlanta, I got a book deal—for this very book!—and I decided that the best way to do research was to put my foot on the gas and go.

I was in search of alcohol-free mixed drinks at a time when, serendipitously, they were starting to be taken more seriously. Bartenders were (and still are) pushing against the boundaries that had previously limited “mocktails” to syrup-laden juices or glorified Shirley Temples, and consumers—sober or not—were getting curious. I knew I wouldn’t be writing the first book on nonalcoholic drinks, but I also knew that my work could capitalize on this newfound acceptance and energy. And because I was finding the things I really wanted to drink in bars, restaurants, and cafes as opposed to in other books, I could tap the people whose job it is to make good, balanced beverages—no matter the alcohol content.

You could say I did a lot of drinking and driving that summer. In between interviews and states, my car’s (painfully outdated) sound system stayed silent as I mulled over pieces of this book. How odd, my friend Tunde commented, that I could drive for hours with no music. But I needed the quiet to think, as I moved along: “Which of these beverages are still on my mind days after tasting them? Which recipes feel fresh? Which drinks warrant the effort they take to make? How much of this book is about the drinks and how much of it is about me?”

Somewhere in New Mexico, I decided that all you really need to know about my relationship to alcohol is that I’m trying not to drink it—at least not for a good while. More important: I like to eat delicious things, I like to drink delicious things, and I like to do both with the people I love. There are many others like me, and the reasons they don’t drink booze vary: religion, health issues, substance use disorders, pregnancy, mindful living. Maybe alcohol simply doesn’t fit into their lives anymore. Maybe they’re just not drinking this week. Or this night. Or this hour. (I know plenty of people who switch back and forth between alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks throughout the course of a Saturday night out.) Some statistics show that Americans are consuming less alcohol than they used to, and I hope that what I discovered on the road will get them into the kitchen. (Because it’s not about the bar; at home, good nonalcoholic drinks are made in the kitchen. More on that later.)

In Denver, Death & Co’s bartenders showed me how kefir whey gives body to nonalcoholic drinks (see page 92), which can be lacking in that area. Jermaine Whitehead handed me his recipe for the Rockefeller (page 166) from across the bar at Deep Dive in Seattle, and upon reading it, I realized I was going to have to dig through my spice cabinet, break out my 4-quart saucepan, and turn on the stove. (It ended up being worth it.) I sat in Gabriella Mlynarczyk’s living room in Los Angeles while she pressed watermelon juice with mint, rose water, and pickled plum vinegar. (Find a similar recipe of Gaby’s on page 66.) The next day, I drove back east thinking about that sweet, tart, saline drink, my tongue watering. And yes, that trip was quiet, too.

“I think I understand the driving-in-silence thing,” Tunde told me, once the trip was over. “Been walking in silence recently. It’s amazing.”

Now, though, it’s time to make noise. These drinks deserve a party.

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Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever ReasonHardcover (2024)


What is the most popular drink without alcohol? ›

What's the most popular non-alcoholic co*cktail? The most popular non-alcoholic co*cktail to order at a bar is a non-alcoholic Shirley Temple, made with bright-red grenadine syrup and lemon-lime soda. You could even request whipped cream with a cherry garnish.

What is a healthy non-alcoholic drink? ›

There are many nonalcoholic zero-proof beverages you can drink instead of alcohol. Some ideas include sparkling water and fresh lime, muddled berries in iced sparkling water, Kombucha, and virgin bloody marys.

What should I get to drink non-alcoholic? ›

38 Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Drinks Everyone Can Enjoy
  • 01 of 38. Blackberry-Lime Porch Punch. ...
  • 02 of 38. Rosemary-and-Ginger Mule. ...
  • 03 of 38. Peach Lemonade. ...
  • 04 of 38. Non-Alcoholic Margarita Mocktail. ...
  • 05 of 38. Strawberry Spritzers. ...
  • 06 of 38. Shirley Temple Drink. ...
  • 07 of 38. Ginger-Orange Mocktails. ...
  • 08 of 38. Sparkling Plum Punch.
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What is America's #1 drink? ›

Based on search results, water stands out as the most prevalent beverage in the American diet, constituting 50% of overall consumption, encompassing both bottled and tap water.

What is the number 1 drink? ›

Water. Water is the world's most consumed drink, however, 97% of water on Earth is non-drinkable salt water.

What can give you a buzz like alcohol? ›

Decreasing alcohol has positive effects on health.
  • CBD Drinks as an Alcohol Alternative. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants. ...
  • THC Drinks. ...
  • Kava – A Plant Based Alcohol Alternative. ...
  • Adaptogen Drinks. ...
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks as an Alternative to Alcohol.

What are 3 alternatives to drinking alcohol? ›

Alternatives to drinking alcohol include nonalcoholic beer or wine, mocktails, and kombucha. Experts associate alcohol with a range of health consequences. These include injuries and alcohol poisoning in the short term and liver issues, heart disease, cancer, and mental health issues in the long term.

What is the most unhealthy non-alcoholic drink? ›

Sweetened soft drinks and energy drinks are among the most unhealthy non-alcoholic drinks. Sweetened carbonated drinks are hyper-caloric due to the very high content of carbohydrates and, at the same time, they also contain many synthetic additives.

What non-alcoholic drink tastes most like beer? ›

Beck's 0.0

Beck's non-alcoholic beer has a similar flavor profile to Beck's beer. So if you like Beck's beer, then you'll probably enjoy this one. I found it to have a very distinct Beck's flavor. Mouth-feel is also very much like a regular beer (not overly watery or weak tasting).

What is a euphoric drink? ›

Euphoric beverages are designed with a unique blend of ingredients that interact with our bodies in fascinating ways. For instance, many euphorics contain green tea extracts which can increase concentration due to their caffeine content but also promote relaxation thanks to an amino acid called L-theanine.

What is a relaxing alternative to wine? ›

Not only can tea help you unwind, but it's also a cosy beverage. Tea is likely to be the most relaxing alcohol alternative. But if you don't like it, flavoured sparkling water is another good choice. Bubbly and fizzy, it can feel just like a sip of alcohol!

What is the most famous mocktail? ›

Top 15 best mocktails to order at a bar
  • Shirley Temple. Let's start at our roots with a good ol' Shirley Temple! ...
  • Virgin Mojito. Mojitos are a delicious, refreshing option if you're a co*cktail lounge that has mint leaves behind the bar. ...
  • Arnold Palmer. ...
  • Virgin mule. ...
  • Roy Rogers. ...
  • No tequila sunrise. ...
  • Soda, cran, lime. ...
  • N/A beers.

What is a drink that everyone likes? ›

  • Margarita. Getty Images. Cloyingly sweet margarita mixes have given this drink a bad name. ...
  • Cosmopolitan. Getty Images. ...
  • Negroni. Getty Images. ...
  • Moscow Mule. Getty Images. ...
  • Martini. Getty Images. ...
  • Mojito. Getty Images. ...
  • Whiskey Sour. Getty Images. ...
  • French 75. Getty Images.
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