Can’t go to the bar? No problem.

Now that both restaurants and bars have completely closed for dine-in customers, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been cooking up a storm at home.

And that’s great really, but are you keeping up with your cocktails, too?

To help you out, we’ve compiled 10 ultra-easy classic cocktails that you can make at home. The best part? You only need three ingredients. It’s even simpler than trying to get a slot on your online grocery delivery system.

We’re sure by now, you already have the basic items you need to create your home bar. Otherwise, you can purchase them online. As for the spirits and bitters you need? These alcohol delivery services will sort you out in no time, and on the same day too.

So take it easy, order some takeout from your favourite upscale restaurants, and shake up some easy 3-ingredient cocktails for happy hour tonight – or even during lunchtime. We don’t judge and we won’t tell your bosses – just don’t put it on your timesheet.

A quick note on measuring “parts” in a cocktail recipe…

“Parts” here refers to any equal amounts used in your cocktail. For example, if you were to take a full jigger as one part, then three parts would be that amount, multiplied by three. It’s that simple.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.


What you need: Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

How to make it: Combine equal parts of all three ingredients in an ice-filled glass and stir. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Old Fashioned

What you need: Sugar cube, bourbon, and bitters.

How to make it: Place a sugar cube (or equivalent) into a glass and saturate with two dashes of bitters and a dash of water. We like Angostura bitters, but feel free to use whatever you have. Muddle until the sugar is dissolved, then fill the glass with ice and top off with 44ml of bourbon. Stir to combine, and garnish with an orange or lemon peel.

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What you need: Rye whiskey, bitters, and sweet vermouth.

How to make it: Combine two parts rye whiskey, 3/4 parts sweet vermouth, and two dashes of bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well, and then strain into a chilled glass.

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White Russian

What you need: Vodka, Kahlua (or any coffee liqueur), and cream.

How to make it: Pour 5 parts vodka and 2 parts Kahlua into an ice-filled glass. Top off with 3 parts fresh cream and stir to combine.

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What you need: Bourbon, coffee liqueur, and bitters.

How to make it: In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine two parts bourbon, half parts coffee liqueur, and two dashes of bitters. Stir until the concoction is cold, and then strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Mint Julep

What you need: Bourbon, mint, sugar.

How to make it: Using a tall glass (preferably a highball glass), muddle four mint leaves, one teaspoon sugar, and two teaspoons of water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add two parts bourbon, and stir well.

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Dirty Martini

What you need: Gin or vodka, dry vermouth, and olive juice.

How to make it: Combine half parts of dry vermouth, 3 parts of gin or vodka, and a splash of olive juice (to taste) in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well, and then strain into a chilled glass.



What you need: Campari, club soda, and sweet vermouth.

How to make it: Pour one part Campari and one part sweet vermouth into an ice-filled glass. Stir to combine, and then top off with club soda to taste. Garnish with an orange slice.

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Moscow Mule

What you need: Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

How to make it: In an ice-filled glass, pour in four parts ginger beer, 1.5 parts vodka, and 5ml of lime juice. Gently stir and garnish with a lime slice.

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What you need: White rum, lime juice, and syrup.

How to make it: Combine all ingredients (1.5 parts rum, half parts syrup, and 1 part lime juice) into an ice-filled shaker. Shake well, and then strain into a chilled glass.

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