You don\u2019t need trendy hopped grapefruit bitters, Chartreuse or amaro to make great cocktails. In The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit (Ten Speed Press, 2018), none of the recipes included require so much as vermouth. Instead, popular spirits like gin, Tequila or rye are brightened with grocery store staples. Discover how overlooked ingredients like Greek yogurt, arugula and dates can change your drinking life.\r\nArugula\r\nA hint of pepper, plus a flash of spice. Sure, there are artisanal bitters you can use, but how about a handful of arugula leaves shaken vigorously with lime, fennel and herbal gin? The pungent greens can help tamp down a cocktail\u2019s sweetness, too.\r\nRecipe: Gin Rocket\r\nCourtesy Kate Bolton\r\n\r\n \t\u00bc cup thin-sliced fennel\r\n \t1 pinch fennel fronds\r\n \t\u00bc cup packed arugula leaves\r\n \t\u00be ounce lime juice\r\n \t\u00be ounce simple syrup\r\n \t2 ounces gin\r\n\r\nIn cocktail shaker, muddle thin-sliced fennel, pinch fennel fronds, arugula leaves, ounce lime juice and ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water). Add gin, and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Double-strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with lime wheel, arugula leaf or nasturtium.\r\n\r\n\r\nGreek Yogurt\u00a0\r\nA single teaspoon won\u2019t turn your cocktail into a smoothie. Greek yogurt provides a subtle tang that\u2019s more delicate than lemon or lime.\r\nRecipe: Slippery When Wet\u00a0\r\nCourtesy Shannon Tebay Sidle\r\n\r\n \t1 large or 2 small strawberries\r\n \t\u00be ounce lemon juice\r\n \t\u00bd ounce honey\r\n \t2 ounces gin\r\n \t1 heaping teaspoon Greek yogurt\r\n\r\nIn cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, lemon juice and honey. Add gin and a heaping teaspoon Greek yogurt. Fill with ice, and shake until well chilled. Fill rocks glass with crushed ice, then double-strain cocktail into it. Grind black pepper on top. Add strawberry slice for garnish.\r\nDates\r\nGranulated sugar can balance a drink\u2019s tartness, but other ingredients, like pitted dates, offer more complex taste. A brief muddle will release even more caramel and malty flavors.\r\nRecipe: Last Night In Peru\r\nCourtesy Alex Fletcher\r\n\r\n \t4 dried pitted dates into quarters\r\n \t\u00be ounce lime juice\r\n \t2 ounces pisco\r\n \t\u00be ounce simple syrup\r\n \t1 egg white\r\n\r\nSlice 4 dried pitted dates into quarters. Muddle with lime juice in cocktail shaker. Add pisco, simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) and egg white. Shake until emulsified, about 20 seconds. Add ice, and shake vigorously until very well chilled. Don\u2019t quit early! Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Squeeze orange twist gently over glass to express oils, and use as garnish.