Slippery when wet. Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.
The approach: Classics and modern drinks that go the distance without making you buy out the booze store. 

One day while absently thinking about cocktails, it struck me that almost all of the classic cocktails had only three ingredients. 

Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Negroni, Margarita, Tom Collins — I thought, perhaps, in the era of complex cocktails we now live in, it might be worthwhile to remind both drinkers and bartenders of this important fact. 

1 serving


Crushed ice, plus ice cubes

1 large or 2 small strawberries, plus a strawberry slice for garnish

21 g fresh lemon juice

4 g  honey

56 g  gin

1 heaping teaspoon plain Greek yogurt

Freshly ground black pepper, for garnish


Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.

Use a muddler to mash together the strawberries, lemon juice and honey in a cocktail shaker.

Add the gin and yogurt, then fill the shaker with ice cubes. 

Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then double-strain into the glass.

Sprinkle the black pepper on top and garnish with the strawberry slice.

Adapted by Shannon Tebay Sidle, from Maggie Hoffman's "The One-Bottle Cocktail"