Cocktails don’t need to be complicated. A drizzle of this, a dash of that and garnished with a dehydrated whatchamacallit. For example, the Martini is probably the most famous cocktail in the world and is just vodka or gin with vermouth.
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Below we’ve collated a list of 9 of the best cocktails with just 3 ingredients for you to try. Let us know what you think in the comments below and let us know what your favourite 3 ingredient cocktail is!
While the drink’s origins are unknown, the most widely reported account is that it was invented in Florence in 1919, at Caffè Casoni, now called Caffè Cavalli. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the usual soda water.
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled rocks glass and stir. Garnish with orange peel.
Said to have been created by Jennings Cox, an engineer with the Spanish-American Iron Company, near the town of Daiquiri in Cuba. The drink of choice of many historic characters including Hemmingway and JFK, it achieved its iconic status in the Prohibition years when Americans visited Cuba on holiday.
Chill a martini glass with ice and water. Add all ingredients into a Boston shaker with ice. Fine strain into the chilled glass.
The White Russian
The Black Russian was first noted in 1949. With milk added, it became a White Russian, with neither having a Russian origin but instead bearing more than a nod to the base spirit.
Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a sprinkling of cocoa powder.
A sharp and refreshing Kentucky classic from the 1800’s.
- 50ml Maker's Mark Bourbon
- 1 bsp sugar
- 6 peppermint leaves
Add all ingredients to the glass (Rocks or Julep tin) and half fill with crushed ice. Cover the top of the vessel with a napkin in your hand to stop leaking and stir vigorously for 5 seconds. Add more crushed ice to almost fill the vessel and repeat stirring process. Finally top the drink with a mound of ice and a sprig of mint to finish.
The origins of the most famous tequila cocktail, the Margarita, are unclear, but many think it dates back to post prohibition and a Mexican border town Tijuana. Today there are many variations of the Margarita, this is one of our favourites.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. Serve without a salt rim.
The original was first created by Hugo R. Ensslin in1916. It included Crème de Violette, which gave a vibrant violet-blue colour, hence its unusual name. The Crème de Violette is optional so we’re not really cheating!
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
A true classic, reportedly first created at a party held in Manhattan by Winston Churchill’s mother.
Fill Boston glass with ice, pour in the whiskey and sweet vermouth. Add a dash of bitters and gently stir for 30 seconds. Add more ice if needed and stir for a further 30 seconds. Fine strain into a martini glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
A classic cocktail, dating back to the mid-19th century. The original Gin Fix was made with Genever although today it’s commonly made with London Dry gin.
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a cocktail cherry.
The best-known origins are from Sao Paulo in 1918, suggesting it was originally based on a medicine for Spanish flu involving garlic and honey. For the creation of the caipirinha, these elements were removed and sugar added to reduce the sharpness of the lime.
- 50ml Cachaça
- 1 tbsp (2 for sweeter tastes) sugar
- 8 wedges fresh lime
Muddle the lime and sugar in the base of a robust rocks glass until the sugar is almost dissolved. Half fill the glass with crushed ice and add 1 measure of cachaça and stir. Repeat this process and finish with a mound of crushed ice on top.
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