Your Happy Hour: Six 3-Ingredient Cocktails to Serve Up This Summer

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The best cocktails don’t have to be complicated — they just have to taste good and get the job done. When manning the bar, some party hosts feel compelled to serve up the most impressive sounding drinks to their guests, but what they don’t realize is that many of the best adult beverages are those that are the simplest. At your next party, instead of spending the majority of your time busy pouring drinks, consider shaking it up and instead serving one of these 3-ingredient cocktails that are currently swirling around the Interwebs. They’ll satisfy you and your guests’ appetite for a good beverage and a good buzz, and they won’t require a lot, if any preparation time.

1Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

First up is a drink perfect for the summer season: the Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler. Now you can eat your grapefruit and drink it, too. This citrus drink recipe comes from Serious Eatsand keeping with the trend set for this list, it only requires three ingredients: grapefruit juice, ginger liqueur, and sparkling wine. There’s no time like the present to trick your guests into thinking you’re fancier than you really are, and they’ll have no idea this sweet and summery cocktail comes together so simply.


  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 3 to 4 ounces Prosecco or other sparkling wine

Directions: Pour the grapefruit juice and Domain de Canton in a champagne glass. Gently pour the Prosecco over top until glass is nearly full. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

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