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The 12 Best 3-Ingredient Cocktails to Try at Home

August 30, 2022 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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We absolutely love 3-ingredient cocktails! These lovely drinks sit in that delightful sweet spot between being easy enough to make and impressive enough to serve on any occasion. They also happen to be some of the best cocktails for beginners because they don’t have an imposing list of ingredients.  

So, if you’ve been on the lookout for a handy list of easy 3-ingredient cocktails to try at home, here’s a roundup of our all-time favourites:  

1. Moscow Mule cocktail

Virgin Moscow Mule

No list of easy cocktails to make would be complete without the Moscow Mule recipe. The three ingredients that make up this cocktail are vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Lime wedges and mint leaves are often used as garnishes to make the drink even more refreshing and aromatic, and the copper mug for serving is completely optional, although it does look amazing 

Copper mugs also allow the drink to stay nice and frosty for longer, so if you end up loving this cocktail, it might be a nice cocktail-making staple to put on your wish list.   

2. White Russian cocktail

Close up of double cream being poured into a White Russian cocktail

Arguably one of the best 3 ingredient cocktails to drink after dinner, the White Russian cocktail recipe is a true-blue classic. You can make this classic cocktail with just three ingredients in four easy steps, within five minutes flat!  

All you need is SKYY Vodka, coffee liqueur and a glug of heavy cream. This is the perfect nightcap to share, so we suggest you enjoy this cocktail with good friends after an indulgent dinner. 

3. Tequila Sunrise cocktail

Long Italian Sunrise Cocktail garnised with pineapple and orange

These delicious 3 ingredient summer cocktails are as pretty as a picture and delicious to boot. Combining orange juice, grenadine, and tequila, the Tequila Sunrise layers beautifully in the glass, looking just like a sunrise (hence the name, of course).  

It has a bright, citrusy taste – the sweetness of grenadine combines with the tang of the orange juice for a serve that’s fresh and fruity. 

4. Vesper Martini cocktail

Close-up of Vesper Martini, garnished with a lemon twist

Unlike other popular martini recipes, the recipe for a Vesper Martini calls for both gin and vodka — and for a good reason. The vodka helps mellow out the taste of juniper berries from the gin and makes it a drier drink. If you want to be a purist, reach for a top-shelf gin like Bulldog, and pair it with a smooth vodka like SKYY, before rounding it all off with a dash of vermouth. 

5. Negroni cocktail

bright red negroni cocktail with orange twist

The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail, featuring one part gin, one part vermouth Rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel and built over ice in an old-fashioned or rocks glass. It’s one of those iconic drinks you’ve got to try in your lifetime and is mostly served as an aperitivo. 

6. Bellini cocktail

Peach Bellini from above with half a peach and mint

A Bellini contains peach puree, prosecco and bitters. It is sweet and fruity with a beautifully delicate flavour that makes it the perfect welcome drink or summer cocktail. In fact, it’s a very popular choice for warm-season wedding arrival drinks because it’s nice and light, and pairs well with canapes. If you love entertaining in the daytime, 3 ingredient champagne cocktails like these are likely to become a staple in your repertoire. 

Fun fact – the Bellini cocktail recipe is named for Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini, whose use of antique pink colours inspired Venetian bar owner Guiseppe Cipriani to create a drinkable palette in his honour. 

7. Ranch Water cocktail

Three Ranch Water cocktails with lime and fresh mint garnish

The Ranch Water cocktail is ideal for hot summer days when you really want to long, ice-cold drink to cool you off. This Texas-style highball drink features lime, tequila and Topo Chico. The latter is a type of Mexican mineral water that is said to have a very distinctive taste, but you are of course free to use any type of sparkling mineral water your heart desires. 

8. Hanky Panky cocktail

Hanky Panky cocktail garnished with an orange peel twist

If you are looking for a 3-ingredient cocktail that will pack a bit of punch, the Hanky Panky recipe is likely to appeal. Featuring Bulldog Gin, Cinzano Rosso, and Fernet-Branca, it is best shaken, not stirred.  

While the orange peel is technically a garnish, the twist of citrus oil it imparts to the drink is unmissable, so take some time to rub the peel along the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink. 

9. French Martini cocktail

French Martini

The French Martini was given its name as a nod to one of its original ingredients, a black raspberry liqueur from the French Loire Valley which gives the cocktail its distinctive pink colour.  

Add pineapple juice and vodka, and the French Martini recipe is definitely for those with a sweet tooth. The French Martini is traditionally considered a pre-dinner drink, but this sweet, easy-to-drink cocktail pairs well with whatever you’re celebrating. 

10. Dark & Stormy cocktail

Dark & Stormy Cocktail

The classic Dark & Stormy cocktail is a highball drink made with dark rum, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime. We love using Appleton Estate Signature Single Estate Jamaica Rum which has a gorgeous amber colour with remarkable clarity and brilliance.  

11. Cuba Libre cocktail

Cuba Libre Cocktail

The Cuba Libre is also a highball drink and a variation upon the same theme as the Dark & Stormy. It just swops out the ginger beer for Coca-Cola and uses a light rum instead of a dark. This is when we like to reach for Wray & Nephew light rum that has a fruity aroma with overtones of molasses.   

12. Americano cocktail

Americano Cocktail

The refreshing Americano is one of the IBA’s official cocktails, featuring Campari, Cinzano Vermouth Rosso, and soda water as ingredients, prettily garnished with a slice of lemon. 

There you have it – our list of amazing 3 ingredient cocktails to try at home. Keen to go simpler still? We see you and we’ve got you sorted with 2 ingredient cocktails and 2 ingredient champagne cocktails… Take a gander and get ready to impress your guests without breaking a sweat. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Most cocktails, including three ingredient cocktails, have three basic components. Components differ from ingredients, in that certain ingredients can be categorised as the same type of component, especially modifiers. The three basic components of a cocktail include: The Base. This is the main alcoholic drink on which the cocktail is layered. For instance, in the case of an Old Fashioned cocktail, the base is bourbon. Modifier/s. Modifiers are the rest of the ingredients paired with the base to modify its flavour and allow it to shine. For instance, in the case of a Tequila Sunrise, the modifiers are orange juice and grenadine syrup. Garnish. These are the extra bits you add to a given cocktail before serving. In many cases, these are dealer's choice, but in certain instances there are very particular norms. For instance, a Martini with an onion is known as a Gibson.

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