Good Drinks Good Drinks by Julia Bainbridge


Eric Nelson doesn’t take cocktails—or life, really—too seriously. Seriously! His drinks are well crafted, but they also have a sense of humor, and I love the way he doctors everyday Coca-Cola with savory soy sauce in this recipe. The drink is a killer pairing for a burger.

COMMITMENT LEVEL · (of · · · ·)


  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3/4 ounce maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 3 ounces Coca-Cola

  • Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish

Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup, and soy sauce in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, seal the shaker, and shake just to combine, about 3 seconds. Add the Coca-Cola, then double-strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice. To serve, grate cinnamon over the top.

Reprinted with permission from Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason by Julia Bainbridge, copyright © 2020. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Photography copyright: Alex Lau © 2020