If you’re looking for simple cocktails that are quick and easy to make at home, then 2 ingredient cocktails are perfect for you. These drinks only require two main ingredients to mix together for a refreshing beverage. Whether you want something to enjoy after work or a fun drink to serve at your next get together, these minimalist recipes take just a couple of minutes to whip up.
Whether you go sweet or stick to the classics, you’re sure to find a new favorite among the variety of flavor combinations possible with only two components. The best part is that with so few ingredients, it’s hard to mess these up. Just combine, stir or shake, and relax with your easy yet delicious homemade cocktail.
Cape Cod includes cranberry juice and vodka. It tastes tart and slightly sweet with strong cranberry flavors. This particular recipe calls for cranberry juice, vodka, and ice and goes into the history of this popular, often misnamed beverage. This simple cocktail is an excellent choice for brunches, lunches, and dinners alike.
A Greyhound requires grapefruit juice but allows you to choose between vodka and gin. With either liquor choice, it tastes citrusy, tangy, and slightly bitter from the grapefruit flavor. This recipe includes grapefruit juice, vodka (or gin), ice, and an optional lime for a delicate garnish.
Vodka sodas are arguably the most popular 2-ingredient drinks, perhaps because they're straightforward and low-calorie. This recipe calls for vodka and club soda, with a lime wedge as an optional garnish. You can add a few drops of lime or lemon juice or leave it as is for a more citrusy flavor.
A screwdriver is a well-loved option that's easy to prepare for group gatherings and Sunday brunches. It consists of orange juice and vodka, creating a tangy yet sweet and refreshing beverage. You can add a bit of grenadine for sweetness and color, but this recipe keeps things quick and simple.
Mimosa is another brunch-time favorite due to its bubbly, almost celebratory nature and its simple yet refreshing taste. All you have to do is mix equal parts orange juice and champagne and enjoy. You can also garnish each champagne flute (the best way to serve them) with an orange slice or cherry for extra flair.
A gin and tonic is a classic, well-respected cocktail that has been around for ages. It's perfect for summer barbecues, picnics, and afternoons spent lounging in the sun. The key ingredients are gin and tonic water, making for a slightly sweet, bitter, and refreshing drink.
A martini is composed of gin and vermouth, making for a strong, dry cocktail. You can add ice and then garnish with an olive or lemon twist, both of which are traditional and add a nice, appealing finishing touch.
A Rusty Nail requires both scotch whisky and Drambuie, a sweetened whisky liqueur. This recipe suggests including twice the amount of scotch as Drambuie, which I recommend to avoid making it too sweet. You can also garnish with a lemon twist for some extra zest.
Rum and Coke is a popular choice, as it's sweet, bubbly, and easy to drink. The coke gives it a slightly bitter and sour taste, while the rum adds a lovely hint of sweetness and acidity. Rum and Cokes are fantastic for pre-games, as the caffeine in Coke helps pump people up while the rum, of course, is responsible for the buzzing effect.
Jameson and Ginger Ale is a whiskey ginger that calls specifically for Jameson, perhaps due to Jameson's sweeter taste as compared to other brands of whiskey. Ginger ale is used in order to add more sweetness, spice, and effervescence. This recipe also suggests adding lime for extra zest and ice for that special ice-cold refreshing taste.
Whiskey and Cokes taste similar to Rum and Cokes because of the syrupy quality of Coke. However, whiskey gives the drink a smokier taste while also toning down the sweetness of Coke. Whiskey Cokes are similarly ideal for pre-games, parties, and events, not only because they energize people but also because they're so simple to make. This recipe mentions that you can use any whiskey you like, but I highly recommend Jameson or Jack Daniels.
A Dark 'n Stormy is a refreshing cocktail that's perfect year-round. It's made with dark rum and ginger beer, and it's garnished with lime. The optional lime juice gives the drink a tart and acidic flavor, while the ginger beer adds hints of sweetness and spice. The dark rum gives the cocktail a smoky flavor, making it the perfect choice for winter evenings spent by the fireplace.