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Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Cocktails

April 06, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Cocktails

April 06, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

From lesser-known modern classics to unlikely crowd-pleasers, here are the triptych cocktails to try right now.

Easy to make and easy to remember, the three-ingredient cocktail formula has stood the test of time for a reason. From the Daiquiri to the Negroni, the canon of classics is riddled with triptych cocktails that inspire obsession, while leaving plenty of room for innovation. Case in point: Joaquín Simó’s Midnight Marauder, which swaps each of the Negroni’s three ingredients to make a smokier, gentian-bitter drink that’s true to the equal-parts build of the original; or Tommy Klus’ French Connection, which trades the Boulevardier’s typical Campari for the softer Avèze. Indeed, each piece of the three-ingredient puzzle is an opportunity to apply the Mr. Potato Head approach of drink creation, substituting different ingredients into a timeless template to land on something entirely new. From lesser-known modern classics to unlikely crowd-pleasers, here are some of our favorites of the three-ingredient format.

Alberto Martini Cocktail Recipe
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Alberto

A Martini-adjacent classic awaiting its comeback.

midnight marauder
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Midnight Marauder

An unexpected spin on the Negroni featuring mezcal, Bonal and Cynar.

Yellow Parrot Absinthe Cocktail Recipe
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Yellow Parrot

An unlikely, equal-parts combination of absinthe, yellow Chartreuse and apricot liqueur.

Little Italy Cocktail Recipe
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Little Italy

Audrey Sanders' modern classic take on the Manhattan.

Gold Rush Cocktail Recipe
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Gold Rush

Honey syrup shines in this Whiskey Sour update.

Three Ingredient Sherry Cocktail Recipe
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Remember the Alimony

One of the few sherry-based modern classics.

Genepy Whiskey Highball
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High Altitude Highball

Herbal génépy adds alpine flavor to this riff on the whisky highball.

Bitter Handshake
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Bitter Handshake

An after-dinner Fernet Old-Fashioned brightened with a blood orange reduction.

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Alaska

This rendition dates to 1914 and calls on a base of Old Tom gin.

French Connection Cocktail
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Tommy Klus’ French Connection

A smoky, gentian-inflected take on the Boulevardier.

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Chrysanthemum #2

An improved Chrysanthemum with less absinthe and more citrus.

The Slope Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
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The Slope

The house Manhattan at Brooklyn's Clover Club displays a signature apricot note.

Blinker Cocktail Recipe
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Blinker

A full ounce of grenadine complements grapefruit juice and a rye base.

Cafe Royal Matador Recipe
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Café Royal’s Matador

The forgotten tequila classic.

Armagnac Cocktail Recipe
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Et Moi Je Te Dis Maud

A trio of armagnac, Chartreuse and maraschino yields a rich, enveloping result.

gin blossom cocktail recipe
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Gin Blossom

Julie Reiner's aromatic play on the Martini with apricot eau de vie, bianco vermouth and gin.

Kingston Negroni
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Kingston Negroni

Joaquín Simó's funky spin on the Negroni.

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Old Pal

Harry MacElhone credited his “old pal” and barfly William “Sparrow” Robertson with the inspiration for this drink.

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