After a long day’s work or when the kids are asleep, the last thing you want to do is gather a dozen ingredients to make a single cocktail—that’s not relaxing at all. Luckily, some of the best libations on the planet only need a few essentials to create. If you’re a dedicated whiskey drinker, all these three-ingredient classics require are a couple of extra bottles and a minute of your time. Whether you’re mixing one up for yourself or batching drinks for a party, it doesn’t get easier than these five delicious whiskey cocktails.
These 3-Ingredient Whiskey Cocktails Are Easy and Delicious
This modern classic created by former Milk & Honey bartender Enzo Errico is a sweet marriage of two other whiskey classics: the Brooklyn and the Manhattan. Italian vermouth Punt e Mes and maraschino liqueur perfectly complement rye’s spiciness, making the Red Hook a perfect cocktail for both before and after dinner.
Punt e Mes
Warning: This cocktail is not for the faint of heart. Made with all overproof spirits, the Diamondback Cocktail is bound to put some hair on your chest and a pep in your step. But despite its strength, the Diamondback’s combination of spirits gives it a bright, herbaceous flavor that gets more addictive with every sip.
Here comes old faithful. The Old Fashioned is undoubtedly the most well-known cocktail on this list, and for good reason—its simple mix of whiskey, Angostura bitters and sugar has stood the test of time as a model of simplicity and sophistication. Three ingredients have never tasted so impressive.
A simple switch from gin to whiskey and voila!—the classic Negroni is transformed into a Boulevardier. Some say this cocktail is more rounded than its clear-spirit cousin, but we’ll leave you to judge. Make it with rye if you’re a fan of spice, or stick to bourbon if you appreciate a sweeter libation.
When Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh resurrected this classic in his 2009 book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, he decided to use raspberry syrup instead of grenadine, as originally specified. Though we like the switch, our homemade hibiscus grenadine makes for a knockout substitution, if we do say so ourselves. All at once spicy, tangy and sweet, the Blinker is a true crowd-pleaser.
This boozy Manhattan variation subs out sweet vermouth for malty Averna Amaro and adds a measure of dry sherry in place of Angostura bitters. It’s the kind of stiff cocktail that’s perfect for staving off the chill of a winter’s day.
Pedro Ximénez sherry
As one of the most refreshing whiskey drinks out there, the Bourbon Rickey is a perfect cocktail to make, whether it’s the dead of summer or you just need a citrusy, bubbly pick-me-up. Simply pour two ounces of bourbon and the juice of half a lime into a Collins glass, fill with ice, top with club soda, and drink.
This stiff riff on the Daiquiri is all class. Born at the Vendome Club on the Sunset Strip, which was a celebrity hotspot in the 1930s, the tangy cocktail is made with bourbon, grapefruit juice and sweet, satisfying honey syrup.