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Insanely easy three-ingredient cocktails anyone can make

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You don't need to be a mixologist to whip up the easiest cocktails ever

I'm no mixologist, but I have been told I make a very mean cocktail. This could be due to a very brief stint as a bartender on a resort island or the fact that I simply love happy hour, but I enjoy mixing up new drinks. As much as I love 10-ingredient cocktails with speakeasy-inspired names, sometimes the simplest drinks made in less than five minutes seem to taste the best.

Not only do these simple cocktails take just a few minutes to make, but they require just three ingredients. That's right — just three ingredients, and you can have the perfect 5 o'clock libation. And even better, no bitters, copper mugs or expensive alcohol are required.

1. Mixed berry daiquiri recipe

Mixed berry daiquiri

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons lime or cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces white rum
  • Lemon or lime slices, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Place the frozen berries, juice and rum into a blender. Blend until fully pureed, and pour into 2 chilled margarita glasses. Garnish with fresh lemon or lime slices and extra berries.

2. Simple dirty martini recipe

Simple dirty martini recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients: 

  • 5 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce olive juice
  • Olives, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a shaker glass with ice, and pour in the gin, vermouth and olive juice. Shake the mixture, and then strain it into 2 chilled martini glasses. Toss in olives for garnish.

3. Lemon gin gimlet recipe

Lemon gin gimlet

Serves 2

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ounces gin
  • 3-1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges or slices

Directions:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixer filled halfway with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into 2 tumblers filled halfway with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges or slices.

4. Raspberry-and-vodka rickey recipe

Raspberry & vodka ricky

Serves 2

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ounces raspberry-pomegranate-flavored vodka
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. In a mixing glass filled halfway with ice, shake the vodka and lemonade.
  2. Add the raspberries to 2 glasses, and carefully muddle with the back of a spoon.
  3. Strain the vodka mixture into the 2 glasses, and add a few ice cubes.

More easy cocktail recipes

3 Rose wine cocktails
Refreshing white wine spritzers with fresh fruit ice cubes
Watermelon-jalapeño margaritas

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