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7 Ridiculously Easy Cocktails That Barely Require Measurements

Image: Tim Nusog

You may not realize it, but you’re probably already familiar with “equal parts” drinks—cocktails with ingredients measured out in precisely equal amounts. Bartenders have been making these drinks for years, knowing that they can pour in a flash. Now it’s your turn to try your hand, with drinks you already know and love or will want to get to know better. (For more equal-parters, you can find more in my book, Shake.Stir.Sip.)

1. Negroni

Negroni / Tim Nusog

This ruby-hued classic marries equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, often served over the rocks with splash of soda water. But we won’t judge if you prefer yours “up.”

2. 50/50 Martini

50-50 martini / Tim Nusog

This is an old-school drink, newly repopularized as the Fitty-Fitty. Stir together equal parts gin and dry vermouth, and strain into a chilled Martini glass. A word of advice: This skews a bit sweeter than the standard, so go for a twist instead of an olive to garnish.

3. Last Word

last word / Tim Nusog

Detroit claims this drink originated more than a century ago at the Detroit Athletic Club; Seattle claims this drink was reborn at the Zig Zig Café, thanks to barkeep Murray Stenson. We’re just glad this bracing mix of equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, lime juice and maraschino liqueur is back on cocktail menus across the globe.

4. Paper Plane

Paper Plane / Tim Nusog

Created by Sam Ross, now a partner at New York’s Attaboy, this colorful riff on the classic Last Word combines equal parts bourbon, Aperol, lemon juice and Amaro Nonino Quintessentia. It’s ideal for those who enjoy whiskey but prefer not to sip it straight.

5. Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No 2 / Tim Nusog

This enduring pre-Prohibition classic is a saucy mix of equal parts gin, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc and Cointreau, plus absinthe to rinse the glass. Yes, there’s also a Corpse Reviver No. 1, but this bracing mix is far superior.

6. Corpse Reviver No. Blue

Corpse Reviver No. Blue / Tim Nusog

Bacardí brand ambassador Jacob Briars created this drink as a joke, but it has become a popular order, so he gets the last laugh. To make this, simply swap the Cointreau for blue curaçao, another type of orange liqueur. Sum total: equal parts gin, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, blue curaçao, plus the absinthe rinse.

7. Adonis

Adonis / Tim Nusog

Give this easy-drinking, low-alcohol sipper a spin. Made with equal parts sherry and vermouth, it pairs beautifully with tapas and other savory bites.