What’s full of showstopping flavor, is easy to make, and might not even necessitate a stop at the liquor store to procure its limited ingredient list? Why, these cocktails that clock in at a mere three ingredients (or fewer), of course! Keep reading for the simplest inspiration to streamline your cocktail hour, whether your tastes run toward that which is light and floral (the Hummingbird), robust and indulgent (a Guinness milkshake), or something in between. Cheers!
For day drinking, you can do no better than a grapefruit shandy, a low-octane concoction of grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and beer.
Cuddle up by the (real or imagined) fireplace with a sweet but not cloying tipple sourced from David Chang’s famed Momofuku Ko.
This Champagne cocktail is refreshing and pretty to look at, so try it with your next fancy brunch.
This Harry Potter-inspired drink is rich, warm, and flavorful — one might even call it magical.
James Bond’s preferred style of martini, the Vesper, includes Lillet as well as vodka and gin.
Sipping on this refreshing Southern cocktail will instantly inspire visions of the Kentucky Derby . . . or Disneyland.
Ruby-colored, undeniably festive, and not too sweet, this pomegranate take on the Kir Royale — a classic Champagne and Chambord concoction — is sure to turn heads.
Will a frothy Guinness milkshake get you tipsy? Probably not, but that’s hardly the point with a drink this luscious.
Can you imagine a better drink for Mad Men marathons than a martini?
This blood orange sparkler is oh-so-lovely.
For a light apéritif, try a cognac sparkler, which owes its golden hue to cognac and sparkling apple cider.
Gin and It is a simple yet complex-flavored concoction of gin and Italian vermouth (get it?). To cut through this sweet and strong cocktail, add a lemon wedge or twist as a garnish.
For a bittersweet spin on the classic mimosa, pair zesty freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with Champagne.
This Aperol spritz recipe is like orange soda all grown up.
The salted rim on this cousin of the Greyhound cocktail serves double-duty by providing visual interest and reining in grapefruit juice’s bitter flavor.
Combine two favorite drinks (coffee and vodka) into one drink, the coffee martini.
For an updated take on the lemon drop, swap meyer lemon juice for the standard eureka.
It only takes two ingredients to make this beautiful floral cocktail, but it’s sure to impress any guest!
Robust dark rum plays nicely with tangy lime juice and fiery ginger beer for a low-fuss, high-impact cocktail.
Throw away the sweet-and-sour mix and any notions you might have of cloyingly sweet, hangover-inducing margaritas, and instead shake up a pared-down and oh-so-refreshing version sourced from a much-lauded San Francisco tequila bar.
Add a tropical twist to your favorite brunch cocktail with this mango-grapefruit mimosa recipe.
Tart blood orange juice, piney rosemary, and vodka combine for an easy-to-drink concoction.
While this cranberry-studded stunner requires some (minor) advance planning in order to infuse the vermouth with cranberry flavor, it’s quite easy to construct, and is well worth the minimal foresight involved.
Delicate like the eponymous bird, the Hummingbird requires little but St. Germain, Champagne, and club soda (though a lemon twist can’t hurt).
Take a card out of Katy Perry’s book by sipping on some gin and juice . . . lime juice, that is! This classic green Gimlet is the perfect cocktail for any occasion.
This Negroni cocktail is made with a touch of a bittersweet aperitif that will grow on you with every sip.
Few drinks bring to mind the phrase “if it ain’t broke . . .” than the classic mimosa, which clocks in at a mere two ingredients. Although, if you don’t feel like taking advice from trite idioms, a splash of Grand Marnier in each glass certainly won’t hurt.
Sourced from a classic cocktail bible, The Savoy Cocktail Book, the Stinger is a two-ingredient stunner that’s most at home as a postmeal drink.
It doesn’t get much simpler or more satisfying than a concoction of Irish whiskey, ginger ale, and a lemon twist.
Floral St. Germain liqueur balances out bittersweet grapefruit juice in this bright and fruity Champagne cocktail.
The old-fashioned meets cranberry vodka in this classic cocktail-inspired drink, and it’s a glorious reunion indeed.
This red wine spritzer is an inexpensive Spanish version of sangria, so it’s a great option for party drinks.
If you’re looking for a drink that’s fruity, complex, and satisfying, this Lillet Rouge cocktail is the perfect pick.