Looking for easy cocktails to make at home? Want to create your own cocktails without the complex ingredients and fuss? We've got you covered with our easy ideas that bring the bars to the comfort of your home, from Italian negronis to Brazilian caipirinhas and a Manhattan to make like a trendy New Yorker. Next, try our best cocktail recipes, best bitter cocktail recipes, best retro cocktail recipes and best American cocktails.


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Easy three-ingredient cocktails


Want to know how to make the best negroni? Check out our quick and easy recipe for this punchy Italian cocktail using only three ingredients – gin, Campari and vermouth.

Negroni drink recipe


Though effortless to make, the sidecar delivers on flavour. Zingy and citrussy, it’s perfect for those who like a sour cocktail.

A sidecar cocktail with lemon peel garnish beside a bronze cocktail shaker


A boulevardier is an autumnal twist on negroni, where using bourbon instead of gin adds a rich, rounded edge to the drink.

A dark red cocktail in a tumbler with a twist of orange peel on the rim

Amaretto sour

This Amaretto sour, topped with egg froth and a maraschino cherry, makes a simple but stylish cocktail to serve at your next drinks party.

An amaretto sour in a tumbler topped with a cherry, with a napkin on the side

White russian

Vodka, coffee liqueur and cream is all it takes to make this smooth, classic cocktail. Serve in an old fashioned glass, to be really authentic.

White Russian Recipe

Vesper martini

The key to this vesper martini is Lillet Blanc, a wine-based aperitif from France. It's shaken with gin and vodka and served with a twist of lemon to make an elegant cocktail.

Two martini glasses on a tile

IPA and Campari shandy

Make this sophisticated spin on a pub classic by swapping lemonade for Campari. Garnish with a wedge of orange for a lovely late summer/ early autumn aperitif that requires only three ingredients.

High glass filled with red liquid and wedge of orange on the rim

Pickle martini

A dirty martini is a must for savoury cocktail lovers – we like using the brine from a jar of gherkins or, for an aromatic twist, try brine from a jar of preserved lemons.

A martini glass filled with vermouth and gin and topped with a pickle


Live like a trendy New Yorker in your own home with our classic Manhattan recipe made with whisky, vermouth and Angostura bitters. It's best served in a coupe glass, with an illuminous cocktail cherry to garnish.

A Manhattan cocktail served in a coupe glass

Kir royale

This simple concoction of Champagne, blackcurrant liqueur and blackberries make an impressive cocktail fit for a festive gathering or special family treat.

Three kir royale cocktails with blackberries in the background

Pre-bottled dirty martini

This easy cocktail is a great one to make in a batch and keep chilled in the fridge for emergencies.

Dirty Gin Martini Cocktail Recipe

Bicicletta spritz

A sophisticated take on a classic cocktail, this recipe uses dry white wine (a light Italian variety) in place of the usual prosecco, along with Campari and soda water. Garnish with an orange for the best result.

Bicicletta spritz


Mojito fans in particular will love this light, zesty yet punchy cocktail from Brazil. Muddle lime wedges, caster sugar and cachaca together to bring your holiday to your home.

Caipirinha Recipe

Old fashioned

A seriously sophisticated cocktail, the original old fashioned calls for just three ingredients plus a twist of orange to garnish. It's a punchy, mature and super-classy option to sip on at home.

Easy Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Sake cider fizz

Spike sparkling cider with sake and yuzu juice for an elegant, easy-drinking cocktail to perk up your weekend.

Cider Cocktail Recipe with Sake

Rum negroni

Rum makes this drink a little gentler than a classic gin negroni. Combine with vermouth and Campari for an easy, 3-ingredient cocktail to cheer you up.

Two rum negronis in a short glass


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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