Last year, on my 25th birthday, I got to visit my family in Lithuania. I got to see my grandfather for the first time since I was 16, and he gave me some simple advice that helped him enjoy his rich, long life:
"Find some kind of work that you can do everyday, and always end your day with a good drink."
With all of the extra time, social distancing has given almost everyone an opportunity to explore some new hobbies. From baking bread and growing gardens on their patio, to finally finishing those 10,000 piece puzzles you couldn't remember why you got in the first place.
For me, I've always wanted to make great, simple cocktails at home that wouldn't cost me 10-12 bucks to have each time. So I did some extensive research (I say "research" but it was more like a few Youtube searches), and I found some great, classic and easy-to-make drinks that you could make for any occasion. Odds are, you might have some of these ingredients stocked already.
So without further ado.. adeu... adieu? I don't know how to spell it. Here are five classic, 3-ingredient cocktails you could probably make right now.
2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Reposado Tequila
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Lime juice
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Dry Curaçao
Shake and strain into salt rimmed glass
2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Rum
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. simple syrup
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. lime
Juice, shake and strain
1 part London Dry Gin
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1 Part Campari
Stir and serve as you like
Manhattan (Personal Favorite)
2 oz. -or- 30 ml. Rye
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
Stir over ice and strain
1.5 oz. -or- 45 ml. Cognac
.75 oz. -or- 22 ml.
Dry Curaçao .75 oz. -or- 22 ml.
Shake and strain into sugar rimmed glass
Here's a video to show you the process if you're a visual learner like me. Cheers!