Because there's no such thing as ringing in a birthday sans cocktails

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Updated December 03, 2020 05:25 PM
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What do you get the person who has everything? Custom birthday drinks, of course.

In honor of Justin Timberlake‘s 35th birthday on Jan. 31st, the singer-actor’s personal mixologist Eddy Buckingham created a dreamy cocktail. The drink, which Buckingham made using the star’s own tequila Sauza 901, is a sweet-and-tart concoction that can easily be recreated at home.

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“The Three Five is a sophisticated yet approachable drink – perfect for a celebration,” Buckingham tells PEOPLE, adding that he incorporated key ingredients typically fancied by Timberlake. “I serve it in a double rocks glass as that is how he usually enjoys his tequila.”

Despite being admittedly saccharine — it is a cocktail, after all — Buckingham stresses the complexity of the drink due to the addition of orange bitters and cognac.

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“The flamed orange zest garnish is a little bit of fun but also heightens the citrus nose on the cocktail,” he adds.

Inspired to try out the drink? Check out what you need to whip up The Three Five just in time for the “Mirrors” crooner’s big day.

The Three Five

2 oz. tequila

1 oz. cognac

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

Dash orange bitters

Dash agave syrup

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice in double rocks glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

—Grace Gavilanes