I’ve known Jeffrey Morgenthaler for quite some time now, and the way both of us drink has changed over the years. (Namely, we drink a lot less, if at all.) These days, Jeffrey’s post-shift reward is a nonalcoholic Radler, typically a mixture of beer and something citrusy such as lemonade. As for the beer: “I have tried them all, and I can say the greatest nonalcoholic beer in America is Busch NA.” —Julia Bainbridge
to 5 ounces nonalcoholic lager-style beer, such as Busch NA
lemon wedge, for garnish
Combine the juices, simple syrup, and soda water in a pint glass and fill with ice, then top with beer. Dump the mixture into either one half of a cocktail shaker or a fresh pint glass. Pour back into the first pint glass. Garnish with the lemon wedge.
Julia Bainbridge is an editor who has worked at Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Yahoo Food, and Atlanta Magazine and a James Beard Award-nominated writer whose stories have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among others. Her book, Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever Reason, was named one of the best cookbooks of 2020 by the Los Angeles Times and Wired and Esquire magazines. Julia is the recipient of the Research Society on Alcoholism's 2021 Media Award and she is one of Food & Wine magazine's 25 first-annual "Game Changers" for being "a pivotal voice in normalizing not drinking alcohol."