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7 Cocktails with 3 Ingredients or Less

Aperol Spritz

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What it is: A mild pink drink that Italians sip whenever, wherever.

How to make it: 2 shots Prosecco + 1 shot Aperol + splash of sparkling water. Pour into an ice-filled glass. Stir.

Ambitious garnish: Drop in an orange wedge if you’re feeling festive.

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Dirty Martini

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What it is: the strong, salty drink enjoyed by women and Bond enthusiasts everywhere

How to make it: 2 1/2 shots gin or vodka + 1/2 shot olive juice (from a jar of olives) + splash of vermouth. Shake with ice, strain into chilled glass.

Ambitious garnish: olives on a toothpick

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Negroni

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What it is: a boozy classic that’s perfect for making in big batches for a party. Or better yet, frozen and served slushy-style.

How to make it: 1 shot gin + 1 shot sweet red vermouth + 1 shot Campari. Pour into an ice-filled glass. Stir.

Ambitious garnish: orange twist

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Cuba Libre

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What it is: otherwise known as our favorite college drink: rum and Coke.

How to make it: 2 shots white rum + lime juice + Coca-Cola (not diet). Squeeze some lime juice into a glass, add ice cubes, add rum, add Coke. Stir.

Ambitious garnish: lime wedge

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Great Gatsby

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What it is: a sip of sweet sophistication made popular by this fine Southern spot

How to make it: 1 shot vodka + 1 shot Lillet Blanc + 1 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice. Pour into an ice-filled glass. Stir.

Ambitious garnish: orange twist

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Southern

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What it is: the only acceptable way to mix bourbon with soda

How to make it: 1 shot bourbon + good ginger ale + lime wedge. Pour bourbon and ginger ale over ice, stir. Finish with a light squeeze of lime juice.

Ambitious garnish: lime wedge

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Moscow Mule

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What it is: the height of 1950s sophistication

How to make it: 2 shots vodka + 4 ounces good ginger beer + ½ lime. Squeeze lime into glass, drop wedge in bottom, add ice cubes, vodka and ginger beer. Stir.

Ambitious garnish: mint leaves

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