PRAISE FOR THE ONE-BOTTLE COCKTAIL
“These recipes bring two of my favorite food trends into the world of drinking: simplicity and seasonality. If I want a drink that requires twelve obscure spirits, I’ll order it at a bar. This book is coming with me to the farmers’ market.”–Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered
“Maggie proves that delicious cocktails don’t have to be complicated. These are professional-grade tricks that can help even the most entry-level home bartender put a culinary cocktail in everyone’s hand.” –Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book
“When I first picked up this book, I thought it was a clever premise but wouldn’t yield drinks much more flavorful than a standard gin and tonic or vodka-lemonade. I was so wrong. It’s a worthy buy for home bartenders just starting out as well as those who consider themselves operating at a 201 level. I can’t wait to shake and stir my way through the rest of the pages.” –Kate Bernot, The Takeout
“Maggie Hoffman’s new book offers 80 recipes from some of the best bartenders in the industry that celebrate the simple joy of cocktails made with a single spirit, like the vibrant Gin Rocket or the brunchy Slippery When Wet. Fresh ingredients, easy substitutions and gorgeous photos will inspire you to start working through your own bar, one bottle at a time.”–Penelope Bass, Imbibe
“When it comes to my home bar, I keep things simple. I’ve got my basic spirits, along with just enough bottles to make me and my wife’s favorite drinks. This makes many modern cocktail recipes troublesome. The One-Bottle Cocktail solves my problem with a simple premise: every single delicious cocktail in the book, from the frothy Je Ne Sai Quoi (which gets its anise aroma from tarragon) to the bitter spice of the California Chrome (five-spice powder, grapefruit, and rye whiskey), is made with just a single spirit and a few ingredients from the market. It’s a book that will simplify your entertaining while simultaneously making it so much more rewarding.” –J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab
“Longtime drinks writer Maggie Hoffman’s new book is the antidote to complicated-recipe fatigue. Hoffman’s approach to drink-making is at once culinary and refreshingly simple. Both accessible and smart, it appeals to a wide range of enthusiasts, from those just building out their home bars to those who have an extensive collection but are unsure what to do with it.”–Punch
Maybe you’ve fallen in love with the drinks at your best local bar, then been disappointed to find out how complicated—and expensive—they are to make at home. Or maybe you’re renting a beach house with friends and you want to drink well (but pack light.) If you love cocktails but don’t have an extra room in your apartment for a ton of esoteric bottles, this book is for you.
Every drink in The One-Bottle Cocktail contains a single spirit: vodka, gin, tequila, mezcal, rum, pisco, cognac, bourbon, rye, or Scotch. There are no bitters, no absinthe, no amari. There’s no vermouth, no orgeat. Just one bottle of booze and ingredients you can get at your favorite grocery store. Gathered from some of the best bartenders around the country (and beyond), these all-new drinks call on herbs and fruit, vegetables, spices, vinegars, honey, maple, soda, and other common ingredients to build complex and unexpected flavor profiles.