who you’re coping with when Robert Simonson, the writer of “3-Ingredient Cocktails” and a New York Instances contributor, suggests drinks made with mezcal and tequila. Simplicity reigns. Of the greater than 60 cocktail recipes in his new guide, “Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails,” most depend on mezcal, a very good factor as a result of although a number of tequila drinks are standard-issue, utilizing mezcal is much less frequent. Mr. Simonson begins with a timeline, remarking that at the moment, mezcal’s standing on this planet of spirits is what single-malts loved within the Nineties. He describes how the agave spirits are made, then rolls out the recipes. Some, just like the Mezcalexander and the Mezcal Bitter are riffs on fashionable cocktails. Others, together with the Elegante, combining mezcal and ginger liqueur, are pretty innovations. You don’t have to concoct vats of arcane substances; what you want is in liquor shops and on grocery cabinets.

“Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails: Blended Drinks for the Golden Age of Agave” by Robert Simonson (Ten Pace Press, $18.99).

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