Food

Two Next-Level Mocktails

good drinks by Julia Bainbridge

Julia Bainbridge is a Brookyn-based food writerpodcast host, and most recently, the author of a new book of crazy delicious-looking recipes called Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking For Whatever Reason. Here, she tells us about its genesis…


In a recent interview about my new book, I was asked when I began reckoning with my relationship to alcohol. 2015? 2014? College? High school? When I took my first sip at 13 years old? I didn’t really know how to answer, and I still don’t.

What I know is that I fall somewhere on the gray area drinking spectrum — and it is a spectrum. The fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Manual of Mental Disorders described two distinct disorders: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. The fifth and most current edition integrates them into a single disorder called alcohol use disorder with mild, moderate and severe classifications. Anyone who meets any two of the 11 criteria during the same 12-month period would receive a diagnosis of alcohol use disorder, and its severity depends on the number of criteria met. Another way I like to put it: There’s a narrative to alcohol use disorder. Break down your substance use, and there are a cluster of symptoms that you can identify with or not. This narrative becomes an important way to track your relationship with alcohol.

Mine has been complicated, and I am not unique in that.

What I also know is that there’s never been a better time to be a non-drinker. When I removed alcohol from my life, serendipitously, alcohol-free cocktails started 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. Now, I can go out, order a drink, and feel like the adult that I am. (I’m 37! I don’t want a striped straw!) My book is a celebration of those innovators and their recipes, and I wanted to share two of them with you today.

There’s something else I know, and I want you to know it, too: Wherever you fall on the spectrum, I see you.

good drinks by Julia Bainbridge

Salted Rosemary Paloma (shown in top photo)
Recipe by Naren Young, Dante (New York)
Serves 1

1⁄2 ounce Salted Rosemary Syrup (recipe follows)
2–3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1⁄2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
3 ounces soda water
1 grapefruit slice, for garnish

Fill a collins glass with ice. Add the syrup and juice, then top with soda water and gently stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Salted Rosemary Syrup
Makes about 1/2 cup, enough for 8 drinks

3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
1 sprig of rosemary, cut crosswise into 3 pieces

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, rosemary, and 3 ounces water and warm over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, then fine-strain and discard the solids. Store the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Don’t Touch My Car Keys
Recipe by Shelby Allison, Lost Lake (Chicago)
Serves 1

1 1⁄2 ounces Coconut Syrup (recipe follows)
3⁄4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
3 ounces soda water
5 dashes or more of aromatic bitters, such as Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters or Angostura
1 sprig of mint, for garnish

Fill a Pearl Diver (shown in photo above) or collins highball glass with crushed ice. Add the syrup, lime juice and soda water. Using a single-spindle drink mixer, aerate the drink for 5 seconds. You can also use a swizzle stick, you’ll just need to work a little harder: Look for a frost to form on the glass, which should take around 20 seconds. (It all depends on how vigorously you swizzle.) Finish with the bitters and garnish with the mint sprig.

Coconut Syrup
Makes about 2 3/4 cups, enough for 14 drinks

1 13 1⁄2-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups turbinado sugar

In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk and sugar and set over medium-low heat. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. (It will separate; this is okay. Just shake well before using.)

Cheers Julia! Good Drinks will be out next week, and is available for pre-order from Bookshop.

P.S. “Why I decided to give up drinking” and a basic recipe for fruit shrubs.

  1. one of the best mocktails recipes. Just love it

  2. j9 says...

    These drinks look delicious. I am thinking that a lot of them might be less caloric than alcoholic drinks, too?

  3. Catherine says...

    Thank you! More articles like this please! I think more and more people are CHOOSING not to drink so I love articles that support that decision…

  4. Madeline says...

    Yes, yes! Represent!!

  5. BR says...

    This would be an amazing gift for a friend who has newly announced that she is pregnant!

  6. Fiona says...

    I love everything about this, it leans in so beautifully to the ceremony of preparing a special drink, lovely flavor profiles, gorgeous glassware and presentation. I also love that CoJ is linking through Bookshop.org now, so great. I can’t wait to buy this book!

  7. Elizabeth says...

    I just made the Salted Rosemary Paloma, and it was exactly what I’d hoped it would be: well-balanced, sophisticated, and refreshing. Thank you for sharing, Julia. Can’t wait to get the book.

    • This makes me so happy! So glad you’re enjoying it, Elizabeth. <3

  8. Lynn says...

    Adding to the appreciation for this delicious post, it is WONDERFUL that Cup of Jo is linking books through independent booksellers (bookshop!) instead of the Bezos Empire. Thank you ?

  9. Patrice says...

    Thanks so much for this and for all the N/A suggestions in the comments. I haven’t had a drink in 7 months but I love the ritual of drinking. I gave it up one Sunday after I woke up hungover and regretful thinking about dinner out with friends the night before. It was something I had thought about off and on over the years so I just did it. I often feel (in a funny way) like I’m looking at myself in an out of body experience thinking, ‘huh. she’s still doing this’. I picture myself as jerry seinfeld would say it hahaha. I think I’m building a habit and experiencing inertia in a positive way! I admit I do feel better in many ways, but I think the pandemic has wiped out some of what would have otherwise been positive effects. I do highly recommend it!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Thanks for this info, Kim! Looks like my local grocery carries it, so I’ll pick up some this weekend.

    • Iris Rankin says...

      When the weather was warmest, I was also appreciating HopTea, sparkling tea with hops. It comes in a few different flavors and is really refreshing.

      https://hoptea.com

  10. Katelyn says...

    Thank you! I’m a year sober and I appreciate this post so much! Usually I just enjoy a ginger beer with lime or a good seltzer but it’s nice when I can order a fun mock tail (pre covid.) This book looks great!

    • L says...

      Congratulations on your year!!

  11. suki says...

    That rosemary syrup is cooling on the stovetop right now, ready for later this afternoon, and the entire house smells Wonderful! Win win!

  12. Lindsay says...

    Thank you, CoJ, for normalizing non-drinking as a rewarding and enjoyable lifestyle choice! While I never had a “serious drinking problem”, I reached a point where I knew it wasn’t doing me any favors either. The benefits I experienced by removing alcohol from my life have been amazing (better sleep, less anxiety, more in tune with my intuition, better sex, more true connection with people in my life). And of course, no hangovers!! I realized I do love the ritual of drinking and the ceremony of a fun beverage, so having so many NA options is a total game changer.

    • Whitney says...

      Same girl, same!

    • Isabelle says...

      I’ve personally never had any issues with alcohol but I’ve been drinking mocktails for years simply because they’re cheaper! I pretty much only drink when someone else is picking up the tab. There are so many reasons why someone might abstain and I’m glad there are more and more people sharing fun recipes so we can still have a special drink without alcohol!

  13. Sophie says...

    Bar person here!
    Please note for people who are trying to avoid ALL alcohol that bitters come in two styles: glycerin (non-alcoholic) and alcohol. The classic Angostura bitters are SUPER concentrated and alcohol-based, and are even used as the base spirit in cocktails like the Angostura Sour. Although it may be sold as a dasher to add a little color or flavor, it’s definitely not for people who are looking for true zero-proof drinks and may flare with allergies or medications.
    Enjoy responsibly!

    • Katherine says...

      In Australia, Lemon lime and bitters is a really, really common drink and essentially considered non alcoholic even when made at the bar with angostura bitters. I grew up drinking it at restaurants as a fancy kids option when pink lemonade started to feel a little kiddy.
      I was beyond surprised then, in the UK 20 years ago, when a bartender looked at me in horror when I ordered lemon lime and bitters. She totally recoiled at stocking an alcohol of such high concentration and looked at me like I was out of my mind. I still think of her every time I mix my own (small amounts of!!) bitters!

      My current totally alcohol free option is lime, elderflower, soda water and cucumber. So fresh.

    • Yes, this is an important point, Sophie! There’s a section in my book on this, but important to re-state alongside any recipes. Thanks for that!

  14. I’ve never been into alcohol – I don’t like the taste, the feeling of getting drunk and I don’t like drunk people.
    What shocks me on a regular basis is that someone who doesn’t drink alcohol ALWAYS has to explain himself. As if drinking would be the “normal”. I think alcohol is way too much socially acceptable. I mean, it’s a drug! Here in Germany for most people getting togehter and having fun is connected to drinking. I don’t get it, I can have fun without it. And I#m really scard about what alcohol may bring out in people.

    • Alcohol is the only drug we have to justify *not* taking. It’s silly! <3

  15. Kate says...

    Thank you for this!

  16. Rashmi says...

    Love the recipes but IN LOVE with that gorgeous glass!!!! Any chance of identifying that, please??

    • Hi, Rashmi! To which glass are you referring? (As in, which drink?) I think I can find the purchase info once I know that! xo

  17. Yay! What a fantastic post – thank you! Though, from the outside, no one would’ve considered my drinking a “problem” (I drank 2 glasses of wine with dinner – that’s it!), choosing to get sober has transformed just about every part of my life: way better sleep, way less anxiety and depression, way better energy, better skin, deeper yoga/meditative practices, more confidence, and stronger intuition to name a few things. Highly recommend giving it a go!

  18. Annie says...

    Perfect timing! My husband and I meet 2 of the criteria (experiencing cravings and building up a tolerance), so every season (fall, winter etc) we do a 2 week “cleanse” where we refrain totally from drinking. We find it’s more effective for us than weekends on/weekdays off. We try to notice when our cravings happen with mindfulness (that self-talk: just a little won’t hurt, this is silly…) and the stronger they are, the more that tells us that the cleanse is important – we remind ourselves to reject addiction. We have to do it together because if one of us is drinking it’s too hard! And we can encourage each other. It’s hard, but we notice the great benefits towards the end. We are about to start our fall one and I need a lot of good mocktail recipes on hand to get me through!

    • h says...

      I apologize for the unasked for suggestion but taking B complex vitamins really helps to balance alcohol intake. People with alcohol cravings tend to have less ability to process b vitamins and supplementation really helps – it supports the nervous system among other functions. A recovered alcoholic taught me this and I’ve taken B complex daily ever since. Food for thought.

  19. krista says...

    Thank you for this! I can’t drink alcohol for health-related reasons, so I really appreciate this.

  20. Chiara says...

    Chronic migraine squad, represent!

    I agree with the striped straw comments – in the Before Times, I always used to ask for a sparkling water with lots of ice and lime so people thought I was having a vodka soda. Probably very silly and unnecessary, but the aesthetic matters! It helps to feel festive, and it avoids the annoyance of having to explain yourself to people. Love these visually appealing alternatives!

    • Isabelle says...

      I get sparkling water with lemon a lot. Even if I’m having real cocktails I usually do a sparkling water between each one so I don’t get too dehydrated. And it still looks festive enough. I also love an iced ginger beer with lime!

  21. Cleo says...

    A bit off-topic, but now that you mention Julia Bainbridge… would you consider doing another podcast recommendation article? Listening to the Lonely Hour was such a wonderful, soothing, connective experience in these times of loneliness and isolation.

    • Cleo, I am so happy to hear that The Lonely Hour moves you! I’m currently in talks with some consultants on where to take it next, so expect more content soon (ish)!

  22. Amy says...

    My personal favorite mocktail: 1/2 bottle of a gingery kombucha, equal parts pear juice, stir, drink the glory.

  23. Gena says...

    I love this post and the recipe book sounds amazing. My husband and I are wanting to cut out alcohol and sugar, are there any recipes that use only fruit juice instead of adding sugar?

    • Rose says...

      pineapple juice, soda water, and a twist of lime!

    • Erin says...

      Half sour cherry juice, half lemon-flavored fizzy water!

    • Mims says...

      I’m borderline t2dm, so I avoid anything with simple syrup made with sugar. I have started making my own simple syrup and tonic water with organic cinchona bark and a monk fruit sugar made by lankanto. It’s delicious in mocktails.
      I also treated myself to seedlip brand non alcoholic beverages, and frankly, not worth the money. I love a really good white balsamic vinegar with some muddled pineapple and soda water, it’s like a pina colada.

  24. Hattie says...

    When my husband, an academic, turned 70, we celebrated with a private dinner at an upscale restaurant with ten friends and family. My daughter and I worked with the bartender to come up with a signature mocktail for the drinks hour. We called it “The Little Professor” and it consisted of peach, cinnamon, orange juice, ginger ale and lime. Although we offered two kinds of wine with dinner, the guests raved about this memorable autumn drink.

    • Amy says...

      I would love the full recipe for this!

    • Lorena says...

      This sounds wonderful! Would you please consider sharing the full recipe?

    • Hattie says...

      I wish I had thought to ask for the recipe. Sorry. The restaurant was Benedetto in Cambridge, MA.

  25. Connie says...

    Oh good. My husband and I decided a few weeks into pandemic that we were strolling to our bar cart waaaaaay too often. So, we made the command decision to only permit ourselves to partake on Fridays and Saturdays (and for VERY special celebratory occasions, like a midweek anniversary, etc.). So mocktails are a lovely way to supplement those days when we want to enjoy the auspiciousness of a little libation but still adhere to our mutual agreement. But we’re not “sweet drink” people, so the recipes we’ve found tend to be disappointing, so we end up relying a lot on Kombucha with a garnish (and that gets boring). These sound really good-will definitely check this book out!

  26. Lauren says...

    I recently discovered and am now quite fond of Nixie sparking water. Their flavors include watermelon mint and ginger lime and would be great in a cockatil glass with accompanying herbs or citrus. A quick and easy non-alcoholic delight!

    https://drinknixie.com/

  27. Emily says...

    getting sick with COVID took away any ability to tolerate alcohol. This is the perfect post for long haulers like myself!

    • Christina says...

      I’m a long-hauler toooooo! I haven’t been that interested in alcohol for a while, now, but since getting sick I REALLY don’t want it. Plus, I wouldn’t be able to taste it. Blarg.
      Hope you feel better soon, Emily!

    • Rachel says...

      Emily and Christina-I’m thinking of you both and hoping you’ll be feeling better soon. My elderly uncle is a long hauler and is struggling to eat any food at all. Seeing him decline so rapidly is so painful.

    • Claire says...

      Sending hugs to you both ♥️

  28. Hilary says...

    As a pregnant person, I am so appreciative of this! Missing feeling fancy and part of things right now. It’s also making me realize that my monthly wine club always stocks La Croix from our one non-drinking member* but we should really do better for her. Going to mix up a batch of “Don’t touch my car keys” for our next gathering for sure.

    *yes, we have a non-drinker in our wine club, which always makes people laugh but we love her and like many longstanding friend traditions and gatherings, it’s about so much more than just the wine!

    • Blythe says...

      When I was pregnant and dining out (in 2019/pre COVID) I always asked for the fanciest glass! Something about having a fun glass to drink out of made me not feel left out.

  29. Bethany says...

    I love a good cocktail but my husband doesn’t drink because of his religious convictions. For our anniversary this year, I bought him Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit. We’ve been enjoying mocktails together with it as a main ingredient and it’s honestly delish.

    • Emily says...

      I love Seedlip! Another good one is Lyre’s Rosso. It’s essentially a non-alcoholic vermouth and it’s so good with club soda and a hit of citrus.

  30. Elle says...

    I wish I actually liked alcohol as much as the people in my life, but I never have. I suppose that’s not a bad problem to have, but I actually wish I enjoyed the drinks. Sure, I like the way alcohol makes me feel, but I find much of it not palatable, honestly. And, truth be told, it gives me more anxiety than it’s worth the older I get. I’m basically a child at heart, and get a lot of energy when drinking and sometimes go a bit overboard with my chattiness and energy. I’ve gotten much better the older I get with reigning in my energy and whatnot but my wild streak of my past haunts me (even though it afforded me much fun in my younger days) and technology does too. I’m always afraid, even sober, that I’m butt dialing people. Anyway, it probably sounds like I have/had some problems with drinking but even when I was younger I rarely imbibed. Plus, I find people boring much of the time, so what’s the point of drinking if I don’t like the taste or the company? :) Whew! Did that even make sense?!!

  31. SLW says...

    I appreciate this. My husband is an alcoholic. It can be very awkward to be in social situations where drinks are involved. Non-alcoholic options could ease the awkwardness.

    • Kendall says...

      My husband is an alcoholic too – if he likes beer there are some really impressive non-alcoholic ones out there. We especially like WellBeing Brewing Company. The Hellraiser is my favorite, and I genuinely enjoy it even though I drink alcohol!

  32. A says...

    Question – my good friend has been in recovery for 2 years. Do you think this book would be a good birthday gift? Or would it just remind her that she isn’t drinking booze? Maybe this is better left to people to buy for themselves?

    • SLW says...

      I would say that if you’re questioning it, the answer is no. This is coming from a wife of an alcoholic in recovery.

    • Rachel says...

      You seem like a considerate friend so I hope my response is not hurtful! My dad has been sober for 15 years now and I know that he would not appreciate this book.

    • Amanda says...

      I would say if your friend is the kind of person who you’ve noticed enjoys a fun seltzer and/or coming up with her own mocktails already, or if you’ve heard her mention that she’s missing the creativity/lightness that can come from making cocktails, then it is a wonderful gift. As someone who is also sober, it is never not something that I’m thinking about :) It is very sweet of you to be concerned about making her recovery more difficult, but this specific book seems to me more personality driven than anything!

    • Katelyn says...

      I’m in recovery as well and I would enjoy this book so I think it just depends on the person and their own recovery. I’ve found that some NA IPAs are triggering for me but mocktails aren’t so you never know.

    • E says...

      It can be so variable! In my experience with my husband, who has been in recovery for 4 years, he would love this book, enjoys a good mocktail and non-alcoholic beer because it adds to the variety of non-alcoholic drinks he can have. I certainly wouldn’t say its easy for him, but having more options keeps him from missing the alcohol quite as much. Certainly not the case for everyone. Just like everyone’s path to sobriety is different! Maybe it’s something you buy for yourself so you can have a fun drink together sometime?

    • L says...

      Asking them would let them know you’re open and interested in their recovery, and even if the answer is no you’ve given them space to share.

    • Everyone here is right. While it’s such an individual thing–I have a substance use disorder and am fine with these drinks; plenty of my friends in recovery are fine with these drinks; others are not, and don’t even drink kombucha or use a few dashes of bitters in a Collins glass full of soda water (rendering the overall mixture well beneath 0.5% ABV)–I would say, when in doubt, leave it out. Meaning, if you think it might be triggering for her, then don’t give her my book! xo

  33. Katy says...

    Use an online converter.

  34. AE says...

    I’m a certified mocktail lover. I’ve never had an issue with alcohol abuse but I do have a chronic illness that is completely set off and painful if I’m not careful with what/ how I drink. So I tend to order mocktails- they’re cheaper, they’re delicious, and I don’t feel terrible after (neither hang over or chronic illness-wise).

    • Kitty says...

      The thing is (at least where I live) they’re not cheaper! I don’t really drink anymore or go out because of covid but I have a hard time shelling out $12-15 for a mocktail. Seems bananas as the thing that’s supposed to make drinks expensive is the booze. Plus, so many calories (again with no booze!) So sparkling water and lemon for me!

  35. What a great post. I’ve recently given up drinking for the past 3 months. just to see how I would feel. I was/am a casual few drinks a week drinker but was surprised at how easy it was to just stop cold turkey. I sleep so well now, it’s amazing. My good friend made a Mocktail using Morris kitchen grapefruit honey mixer (so good), club soda, and lemon or lime – add a little mint if you have it. I realized what I missed was just holding a glass and having a special drink so this does the trick and tastes amazing.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds really delicious!

  36. Fia says...

    Love this :). Just wish the measurments were in European metrics as well (shout out to smittenkitchen.com for converting everything on her side!).

    • ML says...

      Unrelated to these tasty recipes, I am appreciating the Bookshop links to purchase from my local indie bookstore almost as easily as from the big A!

  37. agnes says...

    I’ve never been into alcohol (except champagne for special occasions), and I had to develop strategies in my 20ies and 30ies because I always enjoyed partying and was always the last one to leave a party. People would be pushy with the drinking so I had to pretend I was drinking: mineral water with ice and a slice of lemon and every body would think it was vodka or gin tonic! I am glad non-drinking is becoming socially acceptable, it was definitely not a few years ago.

    • Tracey says...

      When people are pushy I say “it seems like my not drinking is a problem for you?” in a really curious tone, like TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALCOHOL *sweet smile* . It’s the truth. And it shuts them up big time.

    • Tracy says...

      Same! Why do some people get uptight about other people not drinking alcohol (I’m not hurting you; calm down)? I do the same thing as you do: mineral water with lime and I may try Tracey’s recommendation for a come back! Great post – these recipes and the recipes in the comments look so good. Thank you all!

  38. Emily L says...

    Thank you thank you thank you! My husband quit drinking 4 years ago and while he doesn’t want an alcoholic drink it can be awkward being the only one at an event drinking water, or if someone invites you out to a bar. Love that there are slowly more options showing up places! Similarly, it’s nice to have something fancy if you’re *temporarily* alcohol free ;)

  39. AG says...

    This is great! I’m currently pregnant. While I don’t feel like I miss alcohol that much, it’s neat to have some ideas for fun drinks while distance visiting Friends and family or on virtual happy hours. My feeble attempts to mix La Croix and grenadine were total flops.

    • Megan says...

      My last “drink” was 24 yrs ago. It was the during mid 90’s, when cosmopolitan was a magazine, and not a cocktail. Today, I love to spend time with my friends, many of whom can safely drink alcohol. Personally, I pass on the mock tail. Too close to home. Now, when I want to celebrate, it is with real cream and sugar, and the occasional extra slice of cake. Life is good!

    • h says...

      The quick trick is delicious craft bitters and seltzer – sooo good! Add a twist or slice of anything and you’re celebrating!

  40. liz says...

    The name “don’t touch my car keys” made me chuckle! Love this. No reason why non-drinkers can’t also enjoy a fancy drink when they want one

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I loved that too!

  41. Iris says...

    I hugely appreciate this post. My complicated use/relationship is much more intertwined with food than alcohol, but I found at the end of 2018 that despite loving a nice dry rosé or an herbal, bitter gin from time to time, my body just didn’t ever feel very good afterward, even with just one drink. So I just…stopped. Sometimes I get asked why, and sometimes I’ll give the longer answer about my father and alcoholism and his health deteriorating into dementia, and not wanting that for my life. It’s not untrue, and I say it because it’s more satisfying for most to receive (especially if they have a complicated relationship with drinking themselves). But sometimes I’ll give the shorter version, the one that’s closer to my truth, which is that I simply didn’t feel like drinking anymore, and so I didn’t. The benefits didn’t outweigh the downsides anymore, for me.

    BUT being a non-drinker in a drinker’s world can be quite isolating! The go to first date is drinks, for instance, and while I love a coffee date or a hiking date, it absolutely changes the intonation, makes it more friendly and less sexy. I’m really looking forward to sophisticated (and not horribly sweet) mocktails becoming more and more normalized. Can’t wait to try these!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Wanted to +1 you on not really feeling like drinking any more. I’m the exact same way! Realized a few years ago that I never felt good after, even just with one drink. I’ll split a beer with my husband maybe once a month but even that… eh. I just don’t feel like it any more.

      And you’re spot on, it’s very revealing to see who has an issue with my (lack of) consumption. I find myself explaining it away when I don’t feel like dealing with the awkwardness, but more and more lately I just say “I don’t really like it” and leave it at that. It’s the truth!

    • Anon says...

      “The benefits didn’t outweigh the downsides anymore, for me.”

      THIS. After feeling like COVID times were a little out of control, I stopped drinking entirely. I did Annie Grace’s 30 Day Experiment which helped reconcile some of the cognitive dissonance I had around drinking, and quite frankly I’m amazed at how little I miss it.

      If you are alarmed at how normalized heavy drinking has become for women (hello, “wine mom” memes), I highly recommend Annie Grace and “Quit Like a Woman” by Holly Whitaker. Joanna – maybe a topic for a future post?

    • Caitlin says...

      Been feeling this way myself lately and have significantly cut back on drinking. I just never, ever feel good after even one drink. And the benefits of not drinking are so much better than the feeling of getting tipsy (omg, the sleep!). My parents also have complicated relationships with alcohol and I worry about how it will impact their health down the road. Plus I’m trying to get pregnant in my mid/ late thirties blah blah blah, this book looks great! :)

  42. Kat says...

    I recently tried one of the various non-alcoholic “spirits” that seem to be everywhere right now and was pleasantly surprised! Like a g&t (it was served with tonic) but even tastier and super refreshing (it was the Pentire brand fwiw). As an ex-bartender and ex-strong drinker, now irregular drinker and complete lightweight, it’s great to see interesting developments in this area.

    • Susan says...

      Pentire looks right up my alley – I love the botanical flavors of gin. Do you know where it can be purchased in the US?

    • h says...

      This is the elixer I’ve been looking for – thank you : )

    • Erin says...

      Thank you for this post! Pretty much stopped drinking about 4 years ago and feel like a million dollars. Sleep well, mood better, no regrets or hazy Sundays. I think alcohol is so normalized in our culture and so are some of the things that come with it-headache, hangover, mild blues. I also have heard that there is a connection for women between breast cancer and alcohol use. Has anyone heard this ?

  43. Kelly says...

    Wonderful! Ordering for me and for some other folks in my life. So needed right now!

  44. M says...

    Would also like to add that a lot more people than you might think have a complicated relationship with alcohol not necessarily due to their own drinking but because of a loved one’s. As one of those people, thank you for posting these kinds of articles, the more that choosing to not drink is normalized, the easier it is to live in this world <3

  45. Joy says...

    Love this! I was just thinking about how I was pretty sure it was on here that I saw something about drinking vinegars with soda water for weeknights? Was it here?!

    That salted rosemary paloma is right up my alley, though.

  46. Diana K says...

    I’ve found myself becoming incredibly sensitive to alcohol lately: feeling SO sleepy after one drink, sometimes headachey right away. I’ve mostly cut it out of my weekly routine but sometimes I still reach for my bar on some nights to fulfill the ritual or maybe because I’ve grown to enjoy the taste. My solution is drinking low ABV spritzers with these proportions:

    One or two teaspoons amaro, or a fruity liquer (depending if you like bitter or sweet), generous squeeze of fresh citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), top with seltzer.

    • Jessica says...

      I’m the exact same – sleepy & headachey – so I’ve cut back a lot. Thanks for the spritzer recipe, I am definitely going to try it!

  47. Jane says...

    So pleased to see this! I have been exploring the amazing world of “sober” living (such a shame such a drab name is blanketed over the whole world of alcohol-free). Thanks to some amazing quit-lit I’ve discovered that there is such a vibrant life waiting for those ready to ditch the booze. It now doesn’t feel like a lifelong limitation but a creative opportunity.

    If anyone needs inspiration try:
    The Sober Lush
    The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober
    Sober Diaries

    And there are heaps of sober instagrammers singing all of this from the rooftops.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I also really loved Blackout by Sarah Hepola about her struggles with alcohol. It’s a really compelling read. xo

    • Faith says...

      I’ve been sober since January and highly, highly recommend the subreddit called r/stopdrinking (a support group in your pocket!) and a book called “This Naked Mind” by Annie Grace. Finishing that book made me decide excitedly (which I never thought possible) to quit drinking forever.

  48. Annie says...

    Wow! Much needed after last night’s debate x red wine pairing. That and relying on happy hour at home a little too often in quarantine, I woke up wanting to make a change. Perfect timing, thank you!!