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9 Drinks So Easy to Make, You Don’t Have to Put Down Your Phone

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Just because your smart phone is permanently glued to your hand doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself a decent drink to sip while you swipe. These easiest of easy cocktails can be made with one hand tied behind your back. They don’t require shaking, squeezing citrus, popping bottles of bubbly, making complex syrups, or otherwise lifting a finger from your best friend—er, smartphone. Heck, you can even live stream the whole process if you want to show off these super simple, one-handed cocktails.

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If you’ve internalized your preferred Martini order until its part of your very soul, whipping it up one-handed should be a breeze. You’ll probably have to skip the twist and skewered olives, but the basic combo of gin and vermouth is pretty easy to measure no matter how distracted you are by the supercomputer in your hand.

The Essentials

Gin
Dry Vermouth
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Long before pink rosé inspired countless blush copycats in every spirit category, Brits were mixing their London Dry with bitters to tint the junipery gin a lovely pink (and add some spicy excitement to the classic botanicals). We prefer to rinse the glass with bitters rather than add them directly to the gin, which makes for a subtler combination. This easy, essentially single-ingredient drink relies on the quality of the gin you use, so pick wisely. Or just buy a bottle of premade pink gin and cut out the mixing process entirely.

The Essentials

Gin
Angostura
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Unless you’ve mastered some secret one-handed bottle opening technique, you’ll need to use a can for this classic mix of lager and cider. The best part is that a glass of Snakebite is a simple 50/50 split, so you’ll have exactly half a can of each ingredient leftover for round two.

The Essentials

Lager or Stout
Cider
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A Manhattan is so iconic, so easy, so utterly dependable that (after a little practice and with the proper speed pourers attached) you could likely make one with your eyes closed in addition to the aforementioned one-handed restriction. And unlike that Instagram story you worked forever on that got zero views, the Manhattan is timeless and nearly universally beloved.

The Essentials

Whiskey
Sweet Vermouth
bitters
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Two-ingredient Highballs are straightforward and unfussy, but they can also be pretty boring. Here, Campari adds a lot of intrigue for minimal effort, transforming standby orange soda into a new bittersweet experience.

The Essentials

Campari
Orange Soda
Ice
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Not only can you make this coffee-spiked drink with one hand, but you can do it from the comfort of your bed, a key advantage when a wicked hangover has you quarantined to your mattress. A sip of this breakfast cocktail will make you leap from the covers—the combo of Java Monster energy drink, coffee and vodka could wake the dead. The Java Monster’s robust, sweet coffee taste is smoothed and complemented by Kahlúa, which makes the drink something like a super-caffeinated Black Russian.

The Essentials

vodka
Coffee
Java Monster Mean Bean
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Unless you’re making it wrong (i.e., by shaking it), a Negroni is an uber-simple, equal parts concoction. You can eyeball equal measures of the three ingredients, give ‘em a quick stir, and have a bright Instagrammable cocktail in a matter of seconds.

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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It takes a lot of work to understand the complicated process behind sherry production. It takes nearly zero effort to use it in a cocktail, especially when you’re stirring it with just two other ingredients. The low alcohol content in this light aperitif will even ensure that you don’t go on another Facebook rant after the third round.

The Essentials

Sherry
Peach Brandy
Triple sec
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Whisky and soda sounds like a stupidly simple mix, or worse yet, a waste of good whisky. But Japanese bartenders long ago realized that a Highball made with Japanese whisky is so much more than the sum of its parts. The trick to perfecting the angelic cocktail is a complex series of stirring steps, all of which you can accomplish with the delicate flick of one wrist.

The Essentials

Japanese Whiskey
Soda Water

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