Crack open most modern craft cocktail books and you’ll find a beautiful collection of drinks—all of which require upwards of 10 ingredients apiece, including special homemade syrups and obscure liqueurs. These types of recipes are great for professional bartenders but can prove disastrous for amateurs, which is why spirit and cocktail writer Kara Newman’s latest book is such a relief.
Published in September by Chronicle Books, Shake.Stir.Sip.: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts is a collection of cocktails that are at once beautiful, sophisticated and easy. The book ranges from absurdly simple two-ingredient drinks like the 50/50 Martini to effortless five-ingredient drinks like The Morning Star, an author original (recipe below), and it includes many other classic recipes and originals from bartenders across the country.