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 three-ingredient 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

Method: Shake over ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

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

White Russian

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

Method: 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 cocktail recipes for more options.

Aperol Spritz

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

Method: Build in a glass over ice, topping with soda water. Garnish with orange wedge.

Dark and Stormy

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  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 3.25 oz ginger beer
  • Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Lime wedge

Method: 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 cocktail recipes for more options.


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

Method: 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

Method: 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 cocktail recipes for more options.


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

Method: 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

Method: 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

Method: 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 cocktail recipes for more options.

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