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.
This easy-drinking, old-school elixir is nothing more than a jigger of Scotch, bourbon or rye on the rocks, plus ginger ale and club soda. The mixture has a subtle spice and sweetness, along with plenty of bubbles.View recipe: Presbyterian
All kinds of neon-colored, slushy abominations are called Daiquiris. Don't be fooled. The real recipe for this delicious concoction is a paragon of simplicity: good aged rum, brightened with fresh lime juice and sweetened with simple syrup.View recipe: Daiquiri
These days, cognac is usually sipped neat in oversized snifters, but it actually mixes beautifully in cocktails. And there's no finer example of the French spirit's versatility than this citrusy and elegant classic.View recipe: Sidecar
The bartender favorite (what more recommendation could you need?) combines gin, the bitter Italian Campari and sweet vermouth. It’s a refreshing apertif but actually tastes good any time.View recipe: Negroni
No one is exactly sure who created this rich combination of vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream. (One thing we do know: It wasn't Jeff Bridges.) Leave out the dairy and you've got the Cold-War-era Black Russian.View recipe: White Russian
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