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“When I think mixing, I usually think music, not drinks. Natasha David’s Drink Lightly made me think twice. This set of recipes for non-alcoholic and low-alcoholic cocktails does the perfect thing, which is to show us how to make our lives a little better, and it does it over and over again.”—Questlove
Explore the lighter side of serious cocktails with 100 recipes for creative low and no-alcohol drinks from the craft cocktail veteran behind New York City’s beloved Nitecap bar.
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Drink Lightly presents a relaxed style of drinking that goes down easy but is soundly rooted in the technical precision of craft cocktails. Award-winning bartender Natasha David’s approach to low-alcohol, aperitif-style drinks goes far beyond the formulaic—bitter liqueur plus soda—and takes full advantage of an incredible and vast array of low-proof spirits, liqueurs, and wines, along with flavorful fruit and herbal infusions. The result is a collection of creative, genre-pushing drinks that surprise and delight.
Offerings are effervescent and light in effect, but complex in flavor, ranging from savory and herbal to floral and aromatic, depending on your mood. Inspired by the joyful rhythms of life and gathering, recipes include delights such as the Lillet Rouge-spiked Kitty Cat Chronicles and the Wiggle Room, a vermouth and soda on a tropical vacation. The drinks are organized by refreshing Gulpabale Thirst Quenchers that invigorate the soul, Party Starters for a crowd, Decadent Treats for some frothy indulgence, end-of-the-night Slow Sippers, and non-alcoholic pick-me-ups.
Served up with whimsy and a wink, Drink Lightly will delight novices and professionals alike with its joyful spirit and lighthearted offerings.
About the Author
Natasha David is an award-winning bartender who has spent time at Maison Premiere, Donna, and Mayahuel. With the founders of Death & Co, she went on to open and co-own the popular New York City cocktail bar Nitecap. Her recipes have been featured in various publications, including the New York Times, Nylon, Vogue, GQ, and Food & Wine. Her awards include Zagat’s 30 Under 30, Imbibe’s Bartender of the Year, and a StarChefs Rising Stars Award.
“Expert mixologist Natasha David’s Drink Lightly is absolutely genius for anyone who loves the balance, elegance, and flavors of classic cocktails yet is looking for a low-ABV version. I'm grateful this book exists to help me navigate my home bar in a new way, and especially because it comes with a garnish of disco!”—Dana Cowin, founder of Speaking Broadly
“David has never met a classic cocktail spec that can't be elevated by promoting sherry, white port, or aromatized wine from demure modifier to shining star. Her confidence, grace, ever-present whimsy, and hard-earned wisdom are the keys to unlocking the secrets of good taste, and a good time.”—Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters, Amaro, and Last Call
“How to channel the spirit of a party is an art. But there’s no better than Drink Lightly to teach you the best way to embrace this—a collection of low- and no-alcohol cocktails that demonstrate how wonderful these drinks can be, but also a reflection on why these drinks suit the best moments of catching up over great drinks. Natasha has channeled all her experience in these areas to make it practical, easy and fun for you to bring these ideas into your home!”—Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan, owner, Lyaness, Silver Lyan, and Super Lyan
“This book gives you all the essentials to setting up the perfect bar and encourages you to show off your new cocktail skills to friends and family. Natasha takes you on a personal journey for the love of spirits and what it takes to throw a party.”—JJ Johnson, Chef and Founder, FIELDTRIP NYC
“Natasha’s response to the call for gorgeous NA bevs is not only a delicious dive into universally accessible options, but opens the door to a new level of hospitality and delight. I’ve long said that establishments that offer thoughtful alcohol-free cocktails are playing an elevated hospitality game and this book is like the cheat codes for folks entertaining both in and out of the business.”—Lani Halliday
“It’s not every day that a bartender creates a drink aesthetic so wholly unique that you know it when you see it. Natasha David has not just created an aesthetic, but an entire world. Her influence helped make the apéritif a part of modern American drinking culture, but on new terms (more whimsy, more glitter). Drink Lightly manages to be both an imaginative, Technicolor portal into her world and an essential manual for building a better low-ABV cocktail.”—Talia Baiocchi, editor in chief, Punch