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Here are the top cheap drinks to make at home! These 2 and 3 ingredient cocktails are legit mixed drinks that don’t break the bank.

Cheap drinks

Looking for budget friendly cocktails? Don’t worry: you don’t have to break the bank to drink classy! Turns out, some of the best classic cocktails are 2 and 3 ingredient drinks that are deliciously simple to mix up in the comfort of your own home. And guess what? You don’t even have to tip your bartender!

Here are the best cheap drinks to make on a budget! Classics from the Old Fashioned to the daiquiri and gimlet are all simple and inexpensive to make. Keep in mind: we haven’t set an exact price for each drink because liquor price varies greatly based on quality. Buy what you can afford and let the drink do the rest! Let’s get mixing.

And now…the best cheap drinks to make on a budget!

Money saving tips for cocktail equipment!

Don’t have all the tools for making cocktails? No problem. You don’t need to buy anything to make cheap drinks at home! Yes, it’s a little easier with the right tools. But here’s what you can use that you probably already have on hand:

  • No cocktail shaker? Use a covered jar. All you need is a mason jar with a cover. Throw in the ice and shake! Then strain out the drink using a fine mesh strainer (or poke a hole in the cover — just make sure to cover it when you shake!).
  • No cocktail muddler? Use a wooden spoon. Most of the cheap drinks above don’t require muddling. But if you need to muddle citrus or herbs: use a wooden spoon instead! No need for a professional muddler.

Budget friendly simple syrup: make your own

Want the cheapest way to get ahold of simple syrup? Make your own! Yes, it’s so simple (ha!) to make simple syrup for ultra cheap drinks: it only takes 5 minutes and a bit of sugar. Go to How to Make Simple Syrup or follow these steps:

  • Place equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. Usually we use ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water.
  • Heat over medium and whisk until the sugar dissolves, about 1 to 2 minutes. Resist the urge to simmer! All you want is to dissolve the sugar.
  • Cool to room temperature. That’s it: you’re done!
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Cuba libre

Best Cheap Drinks: Cuba Libre & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here are the top cheap drinks to make at home! These 2 and 3 ingredient cocktails are legit mixed drinks that don’t break the bank.


  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) aged rum
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cola
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)


  1. Add the lime wedges to a highball glass and gently muddle them with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon to release their juices.
  2. Add the rum and ice and stir to combine. Top with the cola.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Cheap drinks

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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