13 Easy Cocktail Recipes

1 of 14

Some bartenders call them “equinox drinks”—cocktails made in perfectly equal proportions, derived from the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, when hours of daylight and darkness are evenly divided.

Or, just call them fabulous. These straightforward, versatile cocktails couldn’t be easier to prepare.

The classic cocktail canon includes a wide range of drinks made with equally proportioned ingredients, from the aptly named Fifty-Fifty Martini (equal parts gin and vermouth) to the four-part box step of the Blood & Sand (Scotch, orange juice, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering). Bartenders continue to create new drinks fitting the “equal parts” template.

“They’re just so easy,” says Florentina Duran, bar supervisor of the LB Tavern in Baltimore.

Not that they’re easy recipes to create, mind you. Duran needed several tries to find the perfect balance for her La Ciudad (recipe below). But they’re easy to make once the recipe is solid—a necessity for Duran, who works at a high-volume bar in the lobby of a hotel.

She’s developed a range of unfussy drinks that can be put together quickly. The strategy works particularly well for parties or ­other gatherings, she says.
Here are a few drinks to try—all with ­ingredients mixed in equal proportions, although a squeeze of citrus here and a splash of bubbles there keep things interesting. >>>

Kara Newman
Photos by Todd Huffman
Illustration by Brian Clark

Styling by Erin Merhar

1 of 14
Edit Module
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags

See Other Slideshows

5 Twists on The Classic Bloody Mary

Bartenders are rethinking the hair-of-the-dog brunch classic, and their new, mouthwatering creations will have you asking: What took so long?

5 Mardi Gras Cocktails to Try

Bring a taste of the Big Easy home this Mardi Gras with these festive drinks.

12 Top Carmenéres of Chile

Idiosyncratic Carmenère has found a comfortable home in Chile’s warm valleys.

Argentina's Top 5 Wine Varieties

The country sports a vast assortment of habitats suitable for growing a wide variety of grapes.

13 Easy Cocktail Recipes

1 of 14
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit Module

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

Edit Module
Edit Module

Shop

Edit Module
>
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit Module

Related Web Articles