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! This book contains 50 simple recipes, from two-ingredient sips like the Bamboo Cocktail to timeless classics like the ever-popular Negroni, proving that you don't need to go to a bar to have great drinks.
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.
John Lee is a photographer based in San Francisco.