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13 Easy 2 Ingredient Cocktails

Starting with a twist on simplicity, 2 ingredient cocktails offer an uncomplicated path to refreshing drinks. They fuse minimalism with taste, blending two straightforward components into something special. From a tangy Gin and Tonic to a rich Rum and Coke, these drinks cover all taste preferences. They excel in both ease and flavor, making them perfect for quick fixes or relaxed sipping. My personal go-to is the classic Gin and Tonic for its crisp, clean taste. It’s hard to beat the convenience and versatility of these mixes. For those eager to explore simple yet satisfying drink options, this roundup is a must-see.

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cape codder cocktail vodka cranberry

Cape Codder 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.
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greyhound cocktail


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.
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vodka with club soda in a glass with a lime garnish

Vodka Soda

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.
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vodka OJ screwdriver cocktail


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.
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mimosa made with champagne and orange juice


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.
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Black Russian Cocktail with Vodka and Coffee Liquor

Black Russian

A Black Russian is one of the more bitter two-ingredient cocktails, including coffee liqueur and vodka. This recipe suggests adding ice, which I highly recommend to make it more refreshing and light.
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gin and tonic water drink

Gin & Tonic

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.
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dry martini cocktail with bottles of ingredients at the background


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.
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a glass of rusty nail

Rusty Nail

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.
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cuba libre rum and coke

Rum and Coke

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.
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jameson & ginger ale cocktail with lime

Jameson & Ginger Ale

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.
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crown royal and coke

Whiskey and Coke

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.
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dark n stormy cocktail with goslings rum, ginger beer, and lime in background

Dark ‘n Stormy

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.
PS: If you want to make this extra cocktail special, use Gosling's Black Seal Rum, which is the rum that's traditionally used in Dark' n Stormys.
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A minimalistic 2 ingredient cocktail, served in a simple yet elegant glass on a clean, modern bar counter. The cocktail is characterized by its clarity and simplicity, featuring just two layers of different colors, representing the two ingredients used. One layer is a deep, rich color, and the other is a contrasting light hue, creating a visually striking effect. The background is a minimalist bar setting with a focus on clean lines and understated elegance, with blurred, subtle bar accessories in the background, emphasizing the simplicity and purity of the cocktail.

13 Easy 2 Ingredient Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 2 ingredient cocktails, two ingredient cocktails, two ingredient drinks
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

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