You can muddle, you can zest, you can light booze on fire. There’s a lot that goes into making the perfectly crafted cocktail. The thing is: Sometimes you just want a drink without all the bells and whistles, yet vodka on the rocks simply won’t suffice.
When moments like these strike, we suggest referencing the list below. No taking shots like a frat boy, but no spending more time making a drink than enjoying it. These three-ingredient cocktails are the happy medium you’ve been looking for.
The Vesper: With vodka, gin, and Lillet, The Vesper is the fancier sibling of the martini. Need more convincing? We’ve got two words for you: James Bond. When to serve: While wearing a custom-made suit. See recipe
Moscow Mule: Invented in the 1950s during the heyday of vodka, the Moscow Mule is legendary in its own right. The cocktail combines its base liquor with ginger beer and lime juice for a tangy concoction that’s easy to drink at any time of day. When to serve: Literally any time of day. See recipe
Blood Orange Rosemary Screwdriver: Perhaps one of the most well-known and simple to make cocktails, the screwdriver is nothing more than OJ and vodka. Take the classic recipe up a notch by swapping in blood orange juice and adding a touch of rosemary. When to serve: During weekend brunch at home. See recipe
For more easy-to-make libations, we recommend picking up the newly released Cocktails for Drinkers: Not-Even-Remotely-Artisanal, Three-Ingredient-or-Less Recipes That Get to the Point by Jennifer Palmer.