We’re not going to sugarcoat it: social distancing isn’t usually how we roll. We miss heading to our favorite bars, discovering new ones, hanging with industry friends, and talking to bartenders all across the country about the awesome drinks they divine every day. But collectively we know we all need to stay home right now so that the corona crisis ends as quickly as possible.
Luckily, while we wait, there are liquor stores still open and taking orders. To make your at-home mixology efforts as easy as possible, here are 7 cocktail recipes made from 4 ingredients or less—which means they are ideal to make at home in moderation.
Some people can’t rally without caffeine. We are those people, so the thought of a cocktail based on espresso definitely drives up our adrenaline. The fact that it’s simple to make is also pretty compelling! Just combine three ingredients: 1 oz Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur; 1 oz vodka; and 1 oz espresso. Then shake hard, strain into a coupe glass (or something similar in your cupboard), and garnish with a coffee bean or cacao nib.
Yes, ok, nobody is going anywhere fast at the moment—but that doesn’t mean we can’t make plans for the future. Cruising straight to our fave local spots will be one of the first things on our agenda post-corona. In the meantime, for this recipe from the New York Distilling Company, all of the required ingredients include 2 oz Ragtime Rye Bottled in Bond; .5 oz Aperol; .5 oz Fernet; and a dash Angostura bitters.
Miller’s Maker’s & Cola
Many rum lovers love the simplicity of a Cuba Libre (rum, coke, and lime), and bourbon enthusiasts can opt for a cocktail of equal ease with this recipe from Chef Newman Miller. It only requires 2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon, 1 part cola (Mexican cola preferred, but any will work!), and 1 part cold coffee/cold brew. Serve it in a rocks glass over ice, stir, then top with a slice of lemon for garnish.
Oaxacan Old Fashioned
Speaking of bourbon lovers, the old fashioned is a beloved cocktail—for obvious reasons. So we bet tequila devotees will be psyched to try their hand at re-creating bartender Evan Hawkins’ Old Fashioned, Oaxacan-style, right in the comfort of their own home. Building in a rocks glass over ice, start by combining 2 parts Tres Agaves Organic Añeja Tequila, ¼ part agave nectar, and 3 dashes of mole bitters. Then stir all ingredients and garnish with orange peel.
In Greek mythology, ambrosia is renowned for granting longevity or immortality to those who consume it as either food or drink. We’re hoping this cocktail will do the same. Created by Raquel Fowler and Corey Holland, it includes 1.5 oz Don Ciccio Ambrosia Aperitivo; .05 oz Averna; 1 oz Prosecco; and a splash of soda water. After combining and stirring all ingredients, serve in a wine glass with ice and then garnish with an orange slice.
The name Elyx is derived from the Swedish word for luxury. That’s something we could all use a little bit of at this point. Gareth Evans designed this two-ingredient recipe that’s an everyday indulgence in rich flavor. After you combine 5 parts Absolut Elyx and 1 part Lillet Blanc into a mixing glass, stir over cubed ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Then add the finishing touch of lemon zest as garnish.
Good things come in small packages, including cocktails, and this Mini Gibson is one great example. Created by beverage director Marshall Minaya, it features only two ingredients: 1¼ oz. New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker Gin and ¼ oz. house dry vermouth. Just combine both into a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir, strain, and pour into a 3 oz martini glass. Then garnish with a pickled pearl onion (something we hope you can procure!).
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