Reaching for alcohol-free beverages

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Sean Umstead of Kingfisher in Durham, North Carolina uses miso in his Apple & Miso drink, which is composed like a dish and meant to be sipped slowly. Photo by Alex Lau

If there were ever an excuse to reach for the bottle, it’s 2020. Americans are drinking more than ever, which is not always a good thing, unless you’re a liquor company. Before COVID-19 was part of the daily lexicon, many started their year with a Dry January, and even more continued to cut out or cut back on alcohol for whatever reason. Julia Bainbridge spent a fair amount of time in her car in 2018, traversing the country in search of spirit-free cocktails aka “Good Drinks,” which is the name of her new book.

Julia Bainbridge traveled the country for alcohol-free drinks while researching her book “Good Drinks.” Photo courtesy of Ten Speed Press




Evan Kleiman