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5 Delicious 3-Ingredient Cocktails if You're Tired of Martinis and Manhattans


Call it blasphemy, but there is such a thing as too many Martinis and Manhattans. As great as these two classic cocktails may be, a month straight of ordering either over and over again does eventually get boring. So instead of burning yourself out on these two drinks, mix it up with a replacement that is more than capable of providing the same satisfaction, with a twist. Here are a few three-ingredient cocktails that have everything you love about the Manhattan and the Martini without any of the monotony.

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The Boulevardier is a Negroni for whiskey lovers—or anyone looking for something beyond the typical Manhattan. Slightly less bitter than its gin-based cousin, this up-cocktail has all the herbal aromatics of a Martini or Manhattan, but is lighter and more citrus-forward with the addition of Campari.

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Sweet Vermouth
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Boozy and herbaceous, the Diamondback Cocktail is an unusual drink that deserves more attention than it gets. With a velvety weight and spirit-dominant flavor profile, this stirred gem has more layers (thanks to the green Chartreuse and apple brandy) than most Manhattan variations. The Diamondback is sure to satisfy all your Manhattan cravings and more, particularly when the days are shorter and you're looking for inner warmth.

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Rye Whiskey
Apple Brandy
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The Dubonnet Cocktail is a stirred-and-strong take on the Perfect Martini, only with orange bitters added and Dubonnet instead of sweet vermouth. If you’ve already consumed your weekly limit of Martinis and are in need of a little something out of the norm, look no further than this beloved French classic.

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Dubonnet Rouge
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This ur-tiki classic is straight from the seminal cocktail tome of bartending legend Jerry Thomas. With Cognac at its base, floral orgeat, and Angostura bitters, the Japanese Cocktail has the depth and booziness to satisfy any Manhattan lover looking to change it up in favor of something a little lighter and more refreshing.

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Angostura Bitters
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This low-ABV sipper is the perfect replacement order for both Manhattan and Martini lovers alike. With just dry vermouth, Bénédictine and a smidge of absinthe, the Chrysanthemum has all the components and bitter aromatics of either classic without any of the heaviness or booziness. There’s no better way to start a meal than this one of a kind aperitief.

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dry vermouth

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