A collection of more than 80 wonderfully creative, fresh, and delicious cocktails that only require a bottle of your favorite spirit, plus fresh ingredients you can easily find at the market.
In The One-Bottle Cocktail, Maggie Hoffman brings fancy drinking to the masses by making cocktails approachable enough for those with a tiny home bar. Conversational and authoritative, this book puts simple, delicious, and inventive drinks into your hands wherever you are, with ingredients you can easily source and no more than one spirit. Organized by spirit--vodka, gin, agave, rum, brandy, and whiskey--each chapter offers fresh, eye-opening cocktails like the Garden Gnome (vodka, green tomato, basil, and lime), Night of the Hunter (gin, figs, thyme, and grapefruit soda), and the Bluest Chai (rye whiskey, chai tea, and balsamic vinegar). These recipes won't break the bank, won't require an emergency run to the liquor store, and (best of all!) will delight cocktail lovers of all stripes.
Hoffman, originator of the Serious Eats: Drinks section of the Serious Eats website, offers 83 cocktail recipes that require no liqueurs, bitters, or vermouths. A trip to the local green market and a bottle of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, brandy, or whiskey are all that are required for concoctions such as the Phuket, a blend of honeydew, vodka, sugar, and lime garnished with mint leaves and cilantro. Hoffman calls on bartenders from across the country for their favorite concoctions. Kristina Magro of Chicago's Pub Royale stirs things up with the Gincident, which combines gin with blueberry syrup, lemon juice, basil, and rosemary, and New Orleans mixologist Laura Bellucci conjures a Sidecar Named Desire, a pairing of cognac and apricot jam. Chapters are organized by type of liquor, but each section ends with notes on acceptable substitutions should one, for example, prefer rum over tequila in the grilled margarita (which features the juice of grilled lemons). Hoffman includes a chart of drinks by season and occasion in which she suggests, for example, that the Sassy Flower (mescal, lemon juice, and hibiscus-rosemary syrup) is as appropriate for a Super Bowl party as it is for Valentine's Day. Cocktail photographer Kelly Puleio triggers the thirst center with close-ups of these bright and potent refreshments. The recipes might be time-consuming, but they are fun and imaginative, especially for home bartenders looking to up their game.