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20 Easy Under-5 Ingredient Cocktails For Every Kind Of Alcohol!

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - July 22, 2021 11 min read

They say, two is better than one. And you know what? I agree profoundly! It's the same thing with your favourite alcohol. One might be able to take you to your happy place but two or more with different fruit juices or even coffee will take you to places you've never been before. And it's going to be a yummy ride. For instance, Vodka alone will hit the right spot, sure! But it gets better and even more exciting when I add some orange juice and clementine into it. Now it's a concoction called Screwdriver and as the name suggests we're going to get super hammered. 


That's the thumb rule on which the world function. We don't stop at just okay... we work hard to make the "okay" better. Well, that's what we're going to do here. Make our dearest spirit taste awesome with these super-easy cocktail recipes only with 5 ingredients or less. 



Easy Rum Cocktails


1. Rum Sour 

A refreshing take, especially for rum lovers on the classic Whiskey Sour, a Rum Sour can be whipped up in a jiffy with some shaking and a few ingredients, and despite lack of expertise. A couple of attempts, and some patience later you'll be ready to create your perfect rum sour, with a sharp balance of spirit, acidity, sweetness and aroma. 



  • Dark Rum
  • Orange Juice 
  • Lime Juice
  • Egg White 


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2. Pina Colada Mimosas

Is it really a celebration, if there's no bottomless mimosa on the cards? This ideal poolside drink carries a bubbly, fresh and fruity flavour that makes it just right for those who prefer milder flavours over bitter alcoholic beverages. Adding the right garnish can go a mile in making your drink look more appealing but the taste will make you guzzle it down nonetheless. 



  • Pineapple Juice & Wedges
  • Coconut Rum 
  • White Wine
  • Cherries


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3. Dark 'n' Stormy 

A high-ball cocktail with just three ingredients, a Dark 'n' Stormy tastes even better than how it sounds. Gosling's Black Seal Rum is the specific liquor that's prescribed in all traditional recipes, but really, any dark and delightfully spicy rum will do the trick just as well. FYI, the cool name came from this cocktail's origin story that can be traced back to the Caribbean sea and its bustling population of sailors. 



  • Dark Rum
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime For Garnish (Optional)


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Easy Gin Cocktails


4. Gin and Tonic

Not everybody is a fan of gin as liquor, and that's okay. Because those who do, swear by it on all occasions. Gin and tonic might seem like a fancy drink, but its surprisingly easy to make at home, without any help from a professional bartender. Considering the very short list of ingredients, the key to making a good gin and tonic cocktail is carefully picking a great gin, as well as the right tonic water. 



  • Gin
  • Tonic Water 
  • Lemon for Garnishing (Optional)


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5. Martini 

Martini is one of the most well-known cocktails around the world, thanks to 007. Well, regardless of whether you like yours shaken or stirred, you no longer need to visit a fancy bar to grab a sip of one.  While some prefer vodka in theirs, the classic martini calls for a high-quality gin. Your vermouth should be well-preserved, which is to say, stored carefully in a refrigerator after opening, and not left out in the open for long enough for it to turn into vinegar. 



  • Gin
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Olives for Garnish

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6. Southside

A super simple and refreshing cocktail that also goes by the name; Gin Mojito is a minty treat with our favourite booze inside. Now, Southside is a fresh and very tropical take on our good ol' gin. And for the lovers of gin and brunches alike, this cocktail is a godsend. It's super easy to whip up in the kitchen with very basic ingredients, and that's not the only thing I like about this gin cocktail. 



  • Gin
  • Sugar Syrup
  • Lime
  • Mint Leaves

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Easy Vodka Cocktails


7. Moscow Mule 

This delightfully fizzy drink is the ideal blend of spicy, sweet and strong. It makes for a refreshing glass to sip on during summers, but the strong ginger flavour of the beer also makes it cold weather worthy. Pick an affordable, but high-quality vodka, and a beer with a pronounced, but not overwhelming, ginger flavour. 



  • Vodka 
  • Ginger Beer
  • Fresh Lime


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8. Screwdriver

Screwdriver is the most common and straightforward vodka cocktail best suited for people who detest the taste of alcohol and still wish to fancy themselves with a shot or two. The recipe is incredibly simple and usually clinked festively over eggs benedict or pancakes. It's also one such cocktail that provides immense scope for experimentation and improvement. However, my heart still belongs to the classic one with orange juice and clementine. 



  • Vodka
  • Orange juice
  • Clementine
  • Angostura bitter

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9. White Russian

Made famous by the beloved "Dude" character in the Big Lebowski movie, White Russian isn't just the most delicious vodka cocktail, it's one of a kind. And it's easy to make too. This cocktail is a yummy concoction of everything good in the world. Vodka, coffee and cream! The cocktail is just a quick stir away from a delightful drink you'd make on every occasion.



  • Vodka
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Single cream

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10. Woo Woo

Two best things about this delicious vodka cocktail - first, you get to say "woo woo" every time you order it or in this case, serve it. Secondly, it hardly takes 5-min to transform into a fruity indulgence which is pretty hard to resist. Usually served in a highball glass or devoured as shots, the cocktail follows a super easy recipe with readily available ingredients. 



  • Vodka
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lime juice

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Easy Tequila Cocktails


11. Watermelon Margarita 

This one is an instant crowd-pleaser. This summery, fruity cocktail is surprisingly easy to make, and easier to guzzle down. You can opt for watermelon juice instead of blended watermelon, but the fresh pulp makes a lot of difference to how yum the cocktail tastes, both in terms of flavour and texture. 



  • Tequila
  • Lime Juice
  • Blended Watermelon


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12. Tequila Sunrise

Ease in whipping together at a moment's notice, and refreshing citric flavours that remind you of summer, together make this colourful fruity drink a smooth sipper for a house party! And as we all probably already know, tequila always comes with assurances of a great time! The key to a great tequila sunrise is letting the liquids settle for the desired cocktail colours, instead of stirring it. 



  • Tequila
  • Orange Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Orange Slices (For Garnish)


Image Courtesy - A Couple Cooks




Easy Wine Cocktails


13. Bishop 

A classic cocktail that combines two of the most widely adored beverages, the Bishop's history can be traced back to the 1935 print of a renowned bartending guide. The refreshing, fruity wine drink caters to all kinds of flavour preferences and comes with a pleasant fruity Sangria-esque taste. There are several variations of the Bishop that you can tinker with, but most recipes will have these 4 foundation ingredients. 



  • Light Rum
  • Red Wine
  • Lime Juice
  • Simple Sugar Syrup (For Taste) 


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14. Wine Spritzer

Wine Spritzer is a classic cocktail normally paired with drool-worthy brunch dishes or late night movie dates. It's a bubbly drink with a high dose of refreshment and flavours. But what's even better is that it's also extremely customizable. You wish to make it sweeter just use rose wine as the base and for the contrary... go for white. Garnish it with strawberries and orange slices, and drink wine-ever you're ready for it. 



  • Rose/White wine
  • Club Soda
  • Fruits (To garnish)

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15. Kalimotxo

Two things that never bond makes a relationship worth vouching for. Kalimotxo is a weird yet extremely tasty combination of red wine and cola we don't usually go for. But what you don't realise is, it creates a unique flavour especially useful to mask cheap wines. I'd like to think of it as a poor man's cocktail that is super simple to make. Be it a solo date with your favourite movie or end of the month house party, this wine cocktail will do the trick.



  • Red wine
  • Cola
  • Lemon slice (To garnish)

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Easy Whiskey Cocktails


16. Whiskey Sour

The whiskey sour is a timeless recipe that never gets old. It's the base point from where all the sour recipes emerge and I think I speak for every whiskey enthusiast when I say, any whiskey drink is too good to pass up. Now, as the name suggests, it's a sour cocktail mostly balanced and complemented by the sweetness of whiskey and syrup. This whiskey cocktail is a very popular drink around the world. Exhibit A: It has a day of its own - National Whiskey Sour Day... celebrated on 25th August every year. 



  • Whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup

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17. Irish Coffee

Give your good ol' coffee a much-needed spike on a chilly winter night. How? Just take the best Irish whiskey available, add black coffee and whipped cream to it and the what... sip and enjoy the evening! Irish coffee is an iconic whiskey cocktail known around the globe but what most people might not know is, it's quite simple to make at home. Go on, give it a try!



  • Irish whiskey
  • Black coffee
  • Whipped cream

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18. Whiskey Cobbler

Whiskey Cobbler is a great way to dress up your beloved whiskey on the rocks. More of a fancy drink, this whiskey cocktail is one of the well-known variations of cobbler recipes, the most famous being Sherry Cobber. It's an old-time favourite among the whiskey lover and to recreate in your own kitchen is fairly easy. Adorn this one with seasonal fruits of your choice and cheers!



  • Whiskey
  • Simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Seasonal fruits

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Easy Beer Cocktails


19. Boilermaker

An old-school beer cocktail that surely knows how to get the job done. This beer-tale dates back to the early 1900s when workers who used to come home all weary needed a strong drink to end their day. Today, it's a well-known beer cocktail usually enjoyed with a glass-in-a-glass combination of light lager and bourbon or rye whiskey. The lager goes into a pint while bourbon fills a little shot glass. Boilermaker is one of the super easiest cocktails on the list which genuinely knows how to get the party started. 



  • Bourbon/rye whiskey
  • Beer

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20. Beggar's Banquet

Over the years, beer has become one of the sophisticated and perfect bases for the perfect cocktail. Beggar's Banquet is another cherished addition to the list by Michael Przybyl, the Beverage Manager at Hilton Orlando. It's a sweet-bitter concoction of flavours and a good time. And the best part is, it's an easy DIY recipe that takes around 5 minutes to show you a great time. 



  • Lager
  • Bourbon
  • Maple syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Orange wheel (To garnish)

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If you wish to get sloshed, I say do it in style. Try these easy DIY cocktail recipes at home and think of us when you share them with your best people!



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