The One-Bottle Cocktail


No bitters, no vermouth, no liqueur?

No problem!

Maggie Hoffman’s The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit is here to help! This collection of creative, vibrant, and delicious cocktail 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.

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.

Gathered from some of the best bartenders around the country (and beyond), these all-new drinks call on common ingredients (herbs, vegetables, spices, vinegars, honey, and more) to build complex and unexpected flavor profiles. 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.

Maggie Hoffman writes about cocktails, wine, and beer for the James Beard Award-winning website Serious Eats, where she founded the drinks section in 2011 and served as managing editor.  Hoffman has written for Wine Enthusiast, the San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Magazine, as well as the websites of Saveur, Food & Wine, and others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and more than a few bottles of booze.