Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktail Recipes You Can Master

Now that many people are about a week into self-quarantine, a little bit of cabin fever may be setting it. Know how to cure that? With cocktails. (But also games, conversations with friends, et cetera.) If you didn’t go to the store, though, to stock up on cocktail ingredients, you may find yourself lacking. Never fear. Below, check out these easy cocktails that take just a few ingredients and a few seconds to make.

The Vesper

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  • 2 oz gin
  • .5 oz vodka
  • .25 oz Lillet Blonde
  • Garnish: Lemon peel

How to make The Vesper: Shake over ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Check out our list of the best gin cocktails for more options.

White Russian

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  • 1.75 oz vodka
  • .75 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz cream or whole milk

How to make a White Russian: Fill an old fashioned glass with ice and add coffee liqueur and vodka. Float cream on top and stir.

Check out our list of the best vodka cocktails for more options.

Aperol Spritz

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  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Garnish: Orange wedge

How to make an Aperol SpritzBuild in a glass over ice, topping with soda water. Garnish with orange wedge.

Dark and Stormy

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  • Garnish: Lime wedge

How to make a Dark and Stormy: In a highball glass filled with ice, add rum and ginger beer. Add a few dashes of bitters and garnish with a lime wedge.

Check out our list of the best rum cocktails for more options.


negroni cocktail orange
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet red vermouth

How to make a Negroni: Stir into a glass over ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

Old Fashioned

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  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Garnish: Orange slice
  • Garnish: Cocktail cherry

How to make an Old Fashioned: Place sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass and soak with bitters. Muddle until dissolved, adding a few drops of water if necessary. Add a large cube of ice and bourbon. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Check out our list of the best whiskey cocktails for more options.


manhattan cocktail
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  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • .75 oz sweet red vermouth
  • Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry

How to make a Manhattan: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with cherry.

Moscow Mule

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  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • Garnish: Lime wedge

How to make a Moscow Mule: Add vodka and ginger beer to copper mug filled with ice. Pour on lime juice, stir, and garnish with lime wedge.

Tequila Sunrise

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  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • .5 oz grenadine
  • Garnish: Orange wedge
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry

How to make a Tequila Sunrise: Pour tequila and orange juice into a glass filled with ice. Add grenadine, but do not stir. Garnish with orange wedge and cherry.

Check out our list of the best tequila cocktails for more options.

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