It's 2:1:1 (two parts liquor, such as gin, one part tart, such as lemon juice, and one part sweet, such as honey) -- that's how you make the delicious Bee's Knees, by the way.
With all the home-grown artisanal herbal bitters and one-of-a-kind booze infusions saturating the nightlife scene these days, it's understandable if you (and your wallet) get overwhelmed.
Journalist Jennifer McCartney wrote a humorous starter book, Cocktails for Drinkers: Not-Even-Remote
While some entries are obviously kidding (do you really need a recipe for a Jack and Coke?) others are foundational.
Here they are, with her instructions on how to make them using only three ingredients or fewer.
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