Have you ever wanted to make the perfect cocktail with minimal ingredients?
If so, you’re in luck with our list of the best 3-ingredient cocktails you can make with a minimally stocked bar.
From classic margaritas to refreshing mojitos, these drinks are easy to create and don’t require a lot of time or effort.
Don’t let the simplicity fool you, these drinks are crowd-pleasers!
I love this cocktail for cooling off in the heat of summer. All you need is vodka, ginger beer, and squeezed lime juice. It's super simple to mix since you put the ingredients in a copper mug. The citrus flavors from the lime complement the ginger beer’s touch of spice.
To make gin sour, you'll need London Dry Gin, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. I love how the lemon and syrup give a mix of sweet and sour. Plus, you can make this super simple cocktail in minutes by shaking the ingredients together, making it ideal for capping off a long day.
The Woo-Woo is a fruity concoction with a little tanginess. Mix equal parts vodka and Peach Schnapps, then top it off with some pomegranate juice and mix it up. I appreciate how the pomegranate juice helps temper the two alcohols.
This cocktail is great if you like sweet yet tart flavors of cranberry and grapefruit juices. Its alcohol comes from vodka. It’s so quick and easy to mix the ingredients into an attractive drink. Plus, you can garnish it with a grapefruit wedge to add even more color.
Dark and Stormy Cocktail
This cocktail makes me feel like I'm on the beach in the Caribbean thanks to the rum. The other ingredients are ginger beer, which adds a spicy flavor, and lime, for some citrus. Fill a glass with ice then add the beer and rum.
Madras reminds me of a mimosa, so I'd serve this drink with brunch. But instead of champagne, it uses vodka. You'll then mix orange juice and cranberry juice to create a sweet yet tart flavor to pair with your breakfast. Enhance the tartness by adding a bit of lime juice.
Mix spiced rum, vodka, and orange juice to get this tropical-inspired drink. I like how the orange juice adds a fruity flavor, and the rum tastes like you're on the beach. All you have to do is mix the ingredients, so this cocktail is super quick and easy.
There are few drinks more classic than a Manhattan. You'll need bourbon or rye as well as sweet vermouth, and bitters to make it simple. Some variations use two types of bitters, but it’s all about personal preference. I like how this tastes somewhat herbal due to the sweet vermouth, and the orange adds fruitiness.
Lemon Drop Martini
Pucker up a bit with this lemony creation featuring vodka, Cointreau, and lemon juice. This cocktail is a special adults-only lemonade. If you’re up for adding a fourth ingredient to the mix, toss in a little simple syrup to sweeten the deal.
Orange Gin and Tonic
This recipe shares all of the ingredients in the title. A gin and tonic already tastes a bit zesty, and the orange helps bring those flavors out. If you're having brunch or breakfast for dinner, this drink is a great addition to the table.
Mix London Dry Gin with Triple Sec, lemon juice, and an egg white. You can then add ice and mix everything again. It has a bit of a sour taste, but you can sweeten it with some simple syrup.
Making a French Martini is super quick and easy but results in an elegant drink. All you need is vodka, your choice of raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice. I love how the juice makes this drink taste sweet, and pineapple and raspberry is such an underrated fruit combination.
Make this classic drink with some vodka or gin, dry vermouth and olive juice. You don’t have to love the taste of olives to appreciate this slightly salty cocktail. The alcohol tempers them olive nicely.
Mix vodka with coffee liqueur and heavy cream. Though this drink tastes a bit like coffee, it’s the ideal nightcap. You'll stir the two liquids before adding the cream to create your next treat. Lactose-intolerant folks or people seeking a lighter drink can substitute the heavy cream for a dairy-free alternative.
Choose from three types of cocktails to make a Negroni. The Americano, Boulevardier, and Old Pal each use different ingredients. I would drink this cocktail before dinner, and it's also great on hot days when you need to cool down.
I love how this cocktail is low in alcohol content, so it's great if you can't tolerate many drinks. The drink uses Aperol along with prosecco and club soda. I love how it has a citrus flavor from the orange liquor, so it's a good choice for sunny days.
With the right three-ingredient cocktails you can keep a minimally stocked bar and still enjoy delicious cocktails. Whether you’re tired after work or want to serve it up at a party, these hassle-free drinks are satisfying.
For those seeking a sweet, refreshing, or creamy experience, 3-ingredient cocktails provide something for everyone. So why not give them a try? You won’t be disappointed.
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3 Ingredient Cocktail Recipe Ideas
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