16 Cheap Drinks To Try At Home

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This list of 16 easy, cheap drinks to make at home is full 2-3 ingredient cocktail recipes. All you need are a few simple ingredients to make delicious, bar favorite cocktails on a budget.

Glass of red drink, green drink, orange drink and clear drink.


Believe it or not, you don’t need to be a mixologist or have a fully stocked bar to make delicious cheap cocktails that won’t bust your budget. It’s easy to make tasty, cheap alcoholic drinks at home with just a few ingredients.

The Best Cheap Drinks To Make At Home

Malibu Sunset

This is a popular, three ingredient drink that is so easy to make. Full of fruity flavor with pineapple juice, maraschino juice and coconut rum, this drink really gives you a fun tropical feeling.

Coconut rum, like Malibu, is a great cheap alcohol to have stocked in your bar. It can be used for a wide variety of drinks and tastes great.

Malibu Sunset in a glass with bottle
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Malibu Sunset

A delicious, fruity Malibu rum drink.
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Vodka Cranberry

The vodka cranberry, or Cape Codder, is one of the easiest, cheap cocktails to make. A tart, tasty drink that’s a good blend of juice to alcohol.

Cranberry vodka cocktail in glass

Vodka Cranberry

This vodka cranberry is a classic cocktail.
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Midori Sour

The Midori sour has the iconic electric green color that comes from melon flavored Midori. This drink has a citrus melon flavor and is topped with a few bubbles from lemon-lime soda. A fun drink to serve at the holidays.

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Midori Sour

Midori Sour cocktail.
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Lemon Drop

Sweet and tart, these lemon drop shots can be made into a shot or even a full cocktail. Fresh lemon juice is combined with vodka and a little sugar for a super delicious drink that is sure to become a favorite.

Glass with vodka and lemon.
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Lemon Drops Shot

Easy to make lemon drop shot recipe.
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Ranch Water

This drink has been around in bars for awhile but has recently become a popular summer sipper. Low in calories, this drink is made with carbonated water, tequila and fresh lime juice.

Clear drink in a glass with lime wedge.
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Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe

Ranch water is a cool and refreshing drink, perfect for the summer. Just three ingredients are needed for this easy cocktail recipe.
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Vodka Soda

This two ingredient drink, three if you count the lemon juice, that might be in the running for one of the cheapest drinks to make. Vodka and club soda are mixed together for a very clean tasting, refreshing drink.

Glass with water and lemon slice.

Vodka Soda

Simple vodka soda recipe.
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Malibu Bay Breeze

Another drink made with coconut rum, this drink also includes cranberry and pineapple juice for another fruit flavored beverage. If you are in the mood for sea breeze, simply substitute cranberry juice with grapefruit juice.

Glass with Malibu and lime slice.
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Mailbu Bay Breeze

Delicious Malibu Bay Breeze, 3 ingredients
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Mimosa’s are an easy drink filled with bubbly champagne and typically orange juice. This two ingredient cocktail can be made with several variations like adding grenadine or even pineapple juice.

Glass with mimosas and cherries.
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Blushing Mimosas

A dash of pineapple juice and grenadine, adds a lovely twist to this brunch time classic.
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This tropical drink is always a hit in the summer months. A classic daiquiri is made with just three ingredients, including rum, lime juice and a simple syrup. **Scroll to the bottom for a simple syrup recipe. Try making this into a frozen drink for an extra special cheap cocktail.

Classic Daiquiri

This classic daiquiri is made with just three ingredients. Light and refreshing drink made with lime juice, rum and simply syrup.
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Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonic is a favorite when it comes to cheap drinks. Even though it’s only two ingredients there are a few tips for getting the perfect balance for a perfect gin and tonic.

Glass with gin and lime slices.

Gin and Tonic

Great recipe for the perfect gin and tonic. A cost friendly, three ingredient cocktail.
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Moscow Mule

A Moscow mule is made with spicy ginger beer, vodka and lime juice. There are many variations on this drink like this cranberry or Irish mule. This drink is great to serve on a hot day and easy enough to make for a quick beverage for any occasion.

Copper cup filled with drink and lime.

Moscow Mule

A cold, cheap drink, classic Moscow mule is made with just three ingredients. Vodka, ginger beer and lime give this drink a sweet and tangy flavor with bubbles.
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Dark and Stormy

Ginger beer makes another appearance in this dark and stormy. Just add some dark rum and you have one delicious drink. Some people also add simply syrup for a touch of added sweetness.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

This spicy, two ingredient cocktail is super easy to make and really delicious. Another drink made with ginger beer, this cheap drink is always a hit.
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Old Fashioned

Probably one of the most famous cocktails that has been around since the 1800’s. An old fashioned is made with bourbon, bitters and sugar. This can get to be an expensive drink depending on the type of bourbon you use.

Old Fashioned

Classic old fashioned recipe is made with bourbon, simple syrup, bitters and a little orange peel.
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Salty Dog

Talk about cool and refreshing, the salty dog is a citrus drink made with grapefruit juice and gin. People often salt the rim for a little something extra.

Pink drink in a tall glass.

Salty Dog

A salty dog is a refreshing, three ingredient drink. So simple to make with grapefruit juice and gin. Add a salted glass room for extra a fun bar drink at home.
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Mango Vodka

This fruity cocktail uses premade mango punch to add sweetness and flavor to this easy to make drink. Try adding a splash of grenadine for extra color.

Glasses of juice with diced mango.
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Mango Vodka Cocktail

Easy, three ingredient mango vodka cocktail.
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Rum and Coke

Rum and coke or Cuba Libre, originated in Cuba and quickly became a popular drink. Leave it as a rum and Coke or add lime juice to make it a Cuba Libre.

Bottles of Coke with glass and Coke.

Rum and Coke or Cuba Libre

Doesn’t get much cheaper than a rum and coke or Cuba Libre. A three ingredient, Cuban cocktail, with Coke, rum, and lime juice.
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Tips For The Best Cheap Cocktail

Cheap drinks don’t have to taste cheap. You can still have a delicious drink, even using cheap liquor. Here are a few ideas to elevate your cocktails with just a few easy, inexpensive ingredients.

Juice: Try adding a splash of juice for an extra layer of flavor. Some of our favorites are grenadine, pineapple juice, lime juice, even lemonade.

Garnish: There is something about a fun garnish that really adds to a cocktail. Try adding maraschino cherries, lime or lemon twist, fresh mint, fresh rosemary, or orange slice.

Liquor: If you are looking for some cheap liquor to keep stocked in your bar my three recommendations are vodka, rum, and tequila. You can make most of the drinks on the list with just these three spirits.

Easy simple syrup

Several of these recipes call for simple syrup and it’s actually very cheap and easy to make. You just need some sugar and water to make this ingredient.

  1. Place 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water into a saucepan.
  2. Whisk over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool. Add to your favorite drink recipe.

More easy cocktail recipes

Did you make any of these delicious cocktails? Do you have any to add the the list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Cheap Drink Recipes

By Heather
A collection of cheap drink recipes plus this easy limoncello spritz.
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 oz limoncello
  • 1 oz vodk
  • 1/2 oz club soda


  • Place limoncello and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
  • Pour over glass of ice and top with club soda.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
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