Some of the best cocktails are the easiest to make, and author Kara Newman figured out the secret—using equal parts of the main ingredients and adding a dash of bitters or a splash of seltzer to gild the lily. Take the Cucumber Gimlet: Combine one part each vodka, lime juice, and lemonade; 2 cucumber slices; then garnish with a basil leaf! And beverages like this are a breeze to size up for parties—just double, triple, or quadruple the proportions. This book contains 40 simple recipes, from two-ingredient sips like the Bamboo Cocktail to timeless classics like the ever-popular Negroni, proving that great, artisanal cocktails don't have to come from a bar.
Kara Newman is the spirits editor at Wine Enthusiast magazine. She also contributes to publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Pursuits and Liquor.com, among others. She's the author of Cocktails for a Crowd, also from Chronicle Books.
John Lee is a photographer based in San Francisco.
Pages: 128 pp;
Publication: September 2016