The famous five cocktails (using four ingredients or less!)

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Know nothing about cocktail-making? Forget the theatrics (we’re looking at you Tom Cruise circa 1985) and keep things simple with these bar-fly favourites – none starring more than four ingredients


In a tumbler, muddle 1 t caster sugar or 1 sugar cube with 2–3 dashes bitters until almost dissolved. Add 60 ml whisky and stir to combine. Add a big block of ice if you like, then garnish with a twist of orange peel – and a cherry if you’re feeling frivolous.


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 75 ml gin and 15 ml dry vermouth. Shake for about 30 seconds, then strain into a martini glass. Add a dash or two of orange bitters if you fancy, then garnish with green olives.


Combine 35 ml tequila, 20 ml Cointreau and 35 ml freshly squeezed lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, then shake for about 20 seconds. Strain into a salt-rimmed glass, then garnish with a slice of lime


Combine 30 ml dry gin, 30 ml Campari and 30 ml sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well to combine, then strain into a tumbler. Twist a piece of orange peel over the glass, then use to garnish the drink if you like.


Combine 30 ml each cognac and orange liqueur, 15 ml each freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds to combine, then strain into a glass.

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