Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Cocktails

05/13/2011 03:48 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

Who says a good cocktail needs a dozen obscure ingredients? Some of the most enduring and popular recipes are actually some of the shortest and easiest to make.

While there are very simple drinks that are just alcohol and a mixer--the Rum & Coke and the Gin & Tonic come to mind--when you add just one more thing, you can often get greater complexity and depth.

Here are five of the best three-ingredient cocktails, whose recipes we suggest you commit to memory.

Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Cocktails