13 Easy Cocktail Recipes
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.
—Photos by Todd Huffman, Illustration by Brian Clark, Styling by Erin Merhar