5 Cocktails You Can Make With Few Ingredients

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5 Cocktails You Can Make With Few Ingredients

Life is getting more and more simple; let’s face it, our time is valuable. Who has time anymore to muddle mint leaves, or gently strain blackberry juice through a sieve? These easy cocktail recipes are designed for quick, delicious cocktails that skimp on ingredients, but not on flavor. Read on for your new favorite cocktail made with ingredients you probably already have!

  1. Pick of the Bunch

A unique cocktail designed to give dry gin a fruity kick, Pick of the Bunch will have you asking for seconds—and thirds. The surprising use of pineapple-flavored sherry gives this strong drink exactly the sweet and savory balance you’re craving, and the best part is you only need three ingredients. In a chilled, tall glass, combine 30 ml of Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin, 30 ml of Pineapple-infused Dry Sherry, and 20 ml of Oleo Saccharum syrup. Top with soda and ice, and garnish with a rosemary sprig for a classy cocktail made with top-notch ingredients.

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

  1. Margarita on the Rocks

A true margarita isn’t the slushy, frozen concoction you see in giant dispensers at beaches and resorts—and once you get a taste of the real thing, you won’t be going back to that sweet, slushy imposter. A classic margarita is served on the rocks and tastes bitter, not sweet. You’ll find tons of different margarita recipes, but keep it simple. In fact, all you really need are three easy ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic lime cocktail. To make, simply pour 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of triple sec, and 1 ounce of lime juice into a shaker. Shake vigorously, then pour into shallow margarita glasses; if you’re feeling ambitious, you can rim the glasses in salt and stick a lime wedge on the rim.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

  1. Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

If you’ve got an upcoming brunch or ladies’ lunch, skip boring old mimosas and opt instead for the Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler. This fruity and bubbly cocktail is perfect for brunches, lunches, and munches with your pals. The grapefruit juice is a lot lighter than orange juice, and even has been shown to promote weight loss—so really, you’re doing yourself a favor come beach season. To prepare, pour 1 ounce grapefruit juice and 1 ounce ginger liqueur into a Champagne glass; pour chilled Prosecco slowly over top until full. Any other sparkling wine will do, but the dryness of Prosecco tends to balance out the sweetness of the juice.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

  1. French 75

This classy beverage is so simple, but so perfect. The sweetness of the Champagne is balanced out by the dry gin and tart lemon juice for a cocktail with a kick. Grab your trusty shaker and combine ½ ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce gin, and a dash or two of simple syrup (skip if you prefer the tartness to a sweeter taste). Shake what your momma gave you (and the shaker as well), and strain into a Champagne glass. Pour Champagne slowly over top and stir gently. Délicieux!

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

  1.  Sangria

Sangria is an incredibly versatile cocktail that works for any occasion. While originally intended to be made with red wine (from the Latin sangre, meaning blood), it can be altered to suit taste buds far and wide with white wine, sparkling wine, and even cider and beer. Sangria can be as complicated or as simple to make as you want it to be: a great, easy recipe involves simply combining 2 cups of orange juice and a bottle of dry, red wine into a pitcher. You can deepen the flavor with 1/3 cup of brandy, and top the pitcher off with chopped fruit for your chewing pleasure.

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 4-6 glasses

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