Simple Cocktails

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Mixing cocktails can be a complicated business, but it doesn’t need to be. Some of the simplest cocktails are also some of the most enduring (the Negroni, Manhattan, Martini—and on and on). Thirsty to get back to the basics? Check out this expansive list of simple cocktails, each mixed with four ingredients or less.

Brandy-Based Cocktails
Brandy Crusta
Carpenter’s Hand
Chicago Cocktail
Cognac Stinger
Compass Rose
East Indian Swizzle
Honeymoon
Japanese Cocktail
Newark
Prescription Julep
Sidecar
The Jack Rose
The Original New York Cocktail

Gin-Based Cocktails
Aviation
Bees Knees
Clover Club
Fallen Angel
French 75
Gibson
Gimlet
Gin Fizz
Gin Rickey
Hanky Panky
Hummingbird
Jasmine
Jewel (aka Bijou) Cocktail
Last Word
Martini
Negroni
Pegu Club
Poet’s Dream
Reverse Martini
Royal Hawaiian
Starkle Starkle
The Great Ziegfeld
Tom Collins
Tuxedo
Vesper
White Lady

Rum-Based Cocktails
Airmail
Anvil Daiquiri
Bob Roy
Brooklynite
Caipirinha
Cuba Libre
Daiquiri
Daiquiri Rebelde
Hemingway Daiquiri
Mojito
Painkiller
Pina Colada
Planter’s Punch
Spanish Coffee

Tequila- and Mezcal-Based Cocktails
Bee Sting
Big Spender
El Diablo
Margarita
Maximillian Affair
Oaxacan Mule
Paloma
Sea of Cortez
Smokey Negroni
Tabbard Cocktail
Tequila Rickey
Tequila Sunrise

Vodka-Based Cocktails
Gypsy Cocktail
Kangaroo
Moscow Mule
Serrano Cocktail
Sweetwood

Whiskey-Based Cocktails
Algonquin
Attorney Privilege
Blinker
Blood and Sand
Bobby Burns
Boulevardier
Frisco
Hot Rye Bijou
Hot Toddy
Irish Coffee
Lindsey’s Lament
Lonsdale Lemonade
Mamie Taylor
Maple Sangaree
Mean Streets
Manhattan
Mint Julep
Old Fashioned
On the Boulevard
Pendergast
Presbyterian Toddy
Red Hook
Rob Roy
Rusty Nail
Sazerac
Scofflaw
The Bull & The Bear
Tipperary
Toronto
Ward Eight
Whiskey Sour
Winter Julep

Amaro-, Aperitif- and Wine-Based Cocktails
Amaretto Sour
Americano
Aprile
Champagne Cocktail
Champagne Pear
Chrysanthemum
Graduate
Milano Torino
Mimosa
Pimm’s Cup
The Diplomat
The Southern Cola