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A serious and stylish look at sophisticated nonalcoholic beverages by a former Bon Appétit 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 Cocktail Book
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Bon Appétit • 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 cocktails, afternoon refreshers, and evening digestifs can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.
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.
“In Good Drinks, the endlessly cool Julia Bainbridge has created a book that will not only change the way you think about booze-free drinks, but get you psyched about making them. With a well-curated team of bartenders, Bainbridge’s smart writing, lush photography, and recipes that pull from a diverse flavor profile, Good Drinks will tempt any world-curious person to start giving more thought to what they’re drinking.”—Andy Baraghani, senior editor at Bon Appétit
“With Good Drinks, the wonderful Bainbridge strips away the tired tropes surrounding ‘mocktails’ and shows us just how exciting the world of non-alcoholic drinking can be. Crucially, the book gives practical insight to a new set of tools, rules, and applications to ensure these drinks hit as consistently—and with as much brilliance—as their boozy counterparts.”—Ryan Chetiyawardana, a.k.a. Mr Lyan