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published time By Lorraine Parakel published time 08 May, 2015 Share image 0 Shares

Keep it simple! When we speak about cocktails, we always think of 11 ingredients, two types of bitters and a homemade infusion. But, what's a home drink-mixer to do, if you do not have a hundred different spirits handy or as many minutes to concoct a cocktail? We tell you how to shake things up while keeping it easy and whip up some yummy drinks with just handful of ingredients.

Check out the 10 different cocktails you can prepare with just three ingredients. (No, ice and optional garnishes do not count as ingredients, but bitters definitely do)

1. Ghost of the City

Ghost of the City


  • 2 ounces of white whisky
  • 1 ounce of white wine
  • 1 dash lemon bitters

Garnish: cocktail cherry

In this cocktail, the unaged white whisky delivers crisp flavours with the help of white wine and lemon bitters.

2. Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler


  • 1 ounce of red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce of Ginger Liqueur
  • 2 to 4 ounces of Sparkling Wine

Grapefruit wedge to garnish

This cocktail is a bright and invigorating cocktail that is easy to whip up in no time. The sweetness of red grapefruit juice paired with the spicy notes of ginger creates an explosion of a refreshing bittersweet treat for your taste buds.

3. Great Gatsby


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce white wine
  • 2 1/2 ounces of fresh red grapefruit juice

Garnish: orange slice

Feel like Gatsby in his opulent party with this light, bright and easy cocktail, which is so rich on taste.

P.S. Do not forget to use a good vodka.

4. Moscow Mule


  • 1/2 a lime
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 to 6 ounces chilled ginger beer

Crisp and refreshing, and cooling on a warm summer evening, the Moscow Mule is a vodka drink that can appeal to vodkaphiles, and one of the few classic cocktails that can satisfy vodka drinkers who will touch nothing but.

5. Orange Spritz


  • 2 ounces of sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce soda
  • 2 ounces orange bitters
  • ice

Garnish: 1 large green olive or 3 small olives

This cocktail is served with a green olive, which is surprisingly a delicious partner for the tangy, slightly bitter cocktail. You must consider serving it with a pre-dinner spread that includes cheese, chips, olives and pickles.

6. Cuba Libre


  • 2 ounce of black rum
  • 1 lime
  • Soft Drink

You must be familiar with Rum and Soft drink as a sticky-sweet party drink, the lime-infused version will definitely surprise you. The lime marries well with the rum, of course, but also delightfully complements the flavours of Coke.

7. The Revolver


  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Coffee liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: A wide strip of orange zest

If you are one of the Bourbon drinkers, The Revolver is one cocktail worth getting to know. This cocktail puts the bold bite of the whisky up front, rounding out the flavour with coffee and the brightness of orange peel.

8. Etre en Verve


  • 2 ounces french wine
  • 2 dashes red grapefruit bitters
  • Sparkling wine

Garnish: lemon curl

This is a delicious way to enjoy wine: topped with sparkling wine and a few dashes of red grapefruit bitters. On a hot day, there's very little that is this refreshing.

9. Dark & Stormy


  • 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice, from 1 to 2 limes
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces black rum

In this cocktail the lime juice cuts the sweetness of ginger beer and black rum while heightening the ginger's sharp bite.

10. Old Fashioned


  • 2 ounces Bourbon or Rye Whisky
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 dashes of bitters

The Old Fashioned cocktail is strong, but not too much, and sweet, but not too much—most importantly, it is dead simple to prepare and absolutely delicious.

Do you have favorite cocktails, classics or new creations that are terrific even though they're simple? What magic have you whipped up when your bar stash was running low?      

Share your signature cocktails with us.

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