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Nectar of the Gods

Sweet, salty, fruity - this one does it all.

One of the first alcohol-free cocktail books I received was Good Drinks by Julia Bainbridge. I am a self-proclaimed fan girl of hers, and she was ahead of her time in covering the emerging zero-proof cocktail scene. She wrote the book while driving across the US going to bars and restaurants to answer one question: Can you make an outstanding nonalcoholic drink? Of course we all know the answer is hell yeah!

This book was gifted to me by my brother-in-law in a moment of self-loathing, when I was going to scrap Soberish Mom and forget I ever thought about starting a blog. To him and Julia, I thank you for keeping me going.

Good Drinks Recipe Book by Julia Bainbridge
Good Drinks Recipe Book by Julia Bainbridge

Brine-and-soda is a fairly common mocktail when you're starting a sober(ish) journey because you almost always have the ingredients for it on-hand. You can use whatever leftover pickle jar juice you have in the fridge, a squeeze of citrus, soda, and you've got a pretty tasty and interesting beverage.

Nectar of the Gods Recipe
Nectar of the Gods Recipe

Nectar of the Gods is a kicked up version of this that includes some fresh-squeezed juices, and I sampled five different pickle variations to come up with my favorite combination for a perfectly satisfying mocktail. My winner was Famous Dave's Sweet & Spicy pickles. Second place was your basic bread-and-butter pickles or jarred Peruvian peppers.

Famous Dave's Sweet & Spicy Pickles
Famous Dave's Sweet & Spicy Pickles have delicious brine!

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts. Cheers!

  • 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 oz sweet & spicy pickle bring

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (you may need to adjust based on the sweetness of the brine you use)

  • 5 oz soda water

  • Lemon slice or pickle for garnish

  1. Combine the juices, brine, and simple syrup in a collins glass and stir to combine.

  2. Add ice and top with soda water.

  3. Garnish and enjoy!

Watch me make this drink on my Instagram. Cheers!


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