Well, it’s officially summer. School’s out, the temperature is pushing 95 degrees, and the pools are packed. If you’re like me and prefer sunbathing to splashing in the water, the next best way to beat the heat is with an ice cold cocktail. There’s nothing better than sitting in my backyard at the end of the day with my husband and an aperitif!

There are literally thousands of cocktail recipes around, but I have one rule of thumb for my warm-weather drinks of choice: the simpler, the better. I’m talking three ingredients or less. Especially in the summer, I’d rather spend my time sipping a cocktail than making it.

This summer, my go-to drink is Ranch Water (tequila, Topo Chico, and a lime wedge), but I know tequila can be hit or miss for some. With that in mind, I’ve rounded up the yummmiest three ingredient cocktails I could find. Keep these cocktail recipes in your back pocket and spend less time crafting your cocktails and more time enjoying them!

Watermelon Margarita, from Minimalist Baker

Classic Martini, from The Spruce Eats

Cherry Amaretto Limeade, from Take Two Tapas

Classic Daiquiri, from The Spruce Eats

Elderflower Rosé, from Lark & Linen

Moscow Mule, from Gimme Some Oven

Cranberry Orange Mimosa, from Crazy for Crust

La Pera, from Elle Decor


Classic Negroni, from A Beautiful Mess

Lemonade Prosecco Punch, from Crazy for Crust

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