This recipe is excerpted from Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Drinks for When You're Not Drinking for Any Reason by Julia Bainbridge. "Brine and soda is a funkier, saltier, but equally simple alternative to syrup and soda," says Bainbridge. "With this recipe, Minetta Gould kicks brine and soda up a notch, adding citrus juice to the mix and using brine from jarred Sweety Drops, Peppadews, or sweet cherry peppers. Bread-and-butter pickles could work, too, but I recommend reducing or omitting the simple syrup if you go the latter route."
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Nectar of the Gods
Alex Lau
Yields 1 Servings Total Time 10 mins
AuthorMinetta Gould, of Lady Jane, Denver, Colorado

This recipe is excerpted from Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Drinks for When You’re Not Drinking for Any Reason by Julia Bainbridge. “Brine and soda is a funkier, saltier, but equally simple alternative to syrup and soda,” says Bainbridge. “With this recipe, Minetta Gould kicks brine and soda up a notch, adding citrus juice to the mix and using brine from jarred Sweety Drops, Peppadews, or sweet cherry peppers. Bread-and-butter pickles could work, too, but I recommend reducing or omitting the simple syrup if you go the latter route.”

How to Make It

1

Combine the juices, brine, and simple syrup in a Collins glass and stir to combine. Add ice and top with soda water, gently stirring once more. Garnish with the grapefruit slice or pickle.

2

Batch for 6: Combine 1 1⁄2 cups grapefruit juice, 1⁄2 cup plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 oz. brine, and 3 oz. simple syrup in a pitcher and stir to combine. Add ice and top with 3 3⁄4 cups soda water, gently stirring once more. Divide among 6 Collins glasses, adding more soda water if you wish. Garnish each with a grapefruit slice or pickle.

3

Note: You could keep a batch of the base (the juices, syrup, and brine) in the fridge for a couple weeks without losing much integrity. Just top with soda water to serve.

Ingredients

 2 fl oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
 ¾ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
 ½ fl oz brine
 ½ oz simple syrup
 5–6 oz soda water
 1 grapefruit slice or pickle, for garnish

Directions

1

Combine the juices, brine, and simple syrup in a Collins glass and stir to combine. Add ice and top with soda water, gently stirring once more. Garnish with the grapefruit slice or pickle.

2

Batch for 6: Combine 1 1⁄2 cups grapefruit juice, 1⁄2 cup plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 oz. brine, and 3 oz. simple syrup in a pitcher and stir to combine. Add ice and top with 3 3⁄4 cups soda water, gently stirring once more. Divide among 6 Collins glasses, adding more soda water if you wish. Garnish each with a grapefruit slice or pickle.

3

Note: You could keep a batch of the base (the juices, syrup, and brine) in the fridge for a couple weeks without losing much integrity. Just top with soda water to serve.

Nectar of the Gods