Playing host or hostess to an upcoming soirée? One of the most important things any entertainer can have is a back pocket cocktail you can mix up whether the crowd is just two or 22.
The great thing about these three-ingredient cocktails is how simple and satisfying they are. Many of the ingredients (minus the fresh garnishes) are easy to keep on hand so you can bar tend at the drop of a hat—or at a long-planned party.
Simple cocktail recipes keep the people behind the bar sane and the people in front of the bar sipping. Don’t let fussy recipes with long ingredient lists keep you from pouring up plenty of bubbles and fizzes. Pick and choose a variety of offerings from these recipes, or decide on one and let it be your “house” recipe for everyone to enjoy.
Recipes are featured from left to right in the above photo. (Ice doesn’t count as an ingredient.)
1/2 lime, juiced
2 ounces vodka
3 ounces ginger beer
Lime wheel (optional, for garnish)
Add lime juice and vodka to copper mug. Add ice, and stir. Pour in ginger beer. Stir once again, and garnish with a lime wheel.
Note: It’s important to serve a Moscow Mule in a copper mug so you can experience the iconic “zip” when your lips meet the copper mug and ginger beer concoction.
2 ounces gin
1/2 lemon, juiced
Ginger ale, such as Buffalo Rock
Lemon wedge (optional, for garnish)
Add gin and lemon juice to a highball glass. Mix and top with ice. Pour ginger ale over ice cubes to fill half of glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and serve.
1/4 ounce Chambord (a raspberry liqueur)
Sparkling wine or Champagne (Semi-dry is best here.)
Raspberry (for garnish)
Pour Chambord into wine flute. Add raspberry, and fill flute with champagne.
Note: Do not fill to top. Leave two-fingers width at the top of flute.
Rosemary Gin Fizz
2 ounces gin
Sparkling blood orange water, such as Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa
Orange zest (optional, for garnish)
Place rosemary sprig in bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Muddle gently with a muddler, and add gin. Top with ice. Add sparkling water to fill half of glass, and gently stir. Garnish with orange curl.
White Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
1 1/2 ounce white cranberry juice
1/4 lime, juiced
Cranberries (optional, for garnish)
Add cranberry juice and lime juice to a champagne coupe. Add 2 to 3 cranberries to glass, and fill with champagne, leaving a width of one finger from top of glass.