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Simple, Delicious & Easy-to-Make Cocktails

July 25, 2019DMT.NEWS

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15 Delicious (and Stupid Simple) Two-Ingredient Cocktails

Expertly crafted, elaborate cocktails that smoke, or get lit on fire, or are served in a quirky vessel are great. You know the ones – the amateur bartender’s Instagram-worthy thirst trap, the ones that usually cost more than a bottle of booze to order, and take you more than an hour to put together at home. We love a craft cocktail as much as the next person, but sometimes a super simple cocktail is what the doctor ordered. Whether you’re hosting a party and want to keep it quick and easy, or you simply want to ensure you always have a few ingredients to create a tasty drink for impromptu date nights or guys’ nights, having an arsenal two-ingredient cocktails come in handy quite often.

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Here, a handful of delicious – and insanely easy to make – cocktails that you can put together in a hurry, whether you have a stocked bar cart and a fridge full of add-ons or you’re down to your last few ounces of booze and soda.

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First up is Bootlegger, from award-winning craft distillery Tattersall Distilling. Bootlegger is a classic Midwestern summer drink. This version is vodka-based, distilled with lemon, lime, and mint. All you have to do is mix 1.5 ounces (one shot glass) of Tattersall into a can of flavored La Croix for a simple (and tasty) drink to go.

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Want to mix up your evening apero? A wine mule will do the trick. Simply mix one part red wine (we like a dry red like 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon) with two parts spicy ginger beer and top the rest off with ice for a refreshing take one on the Moscow Mule – though this will be a great hit for sangria fans as well.

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The flavors in Campari are already bold and delicious without muddling it up with more Vermouth or other bitters; simply add 3 ounces (two shots) of Campari with about half a glass of soda or Perrier for an easy-drinking pre-dinner sipper.

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This Basque staple is mixed with equal parts dry red wine (the aforementioned 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon works) and Coca-Cola on ice. It’s a great alternative to sangria and much simpler to put together on the fly. You may have to try this one to believe it – but it’s super tasty.

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You probably remember sipping on an Arnold Palmer as a kid, but this version is all grown up (and just as refreshing). Named after the American golfer, this classic drink is usually made with equal parts iced tea and lemonade. The adult version? Simply put some ice in a highball and add lemonade and Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.

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If you’ve stumbled upon a particularly delicious bourbon, don’t bother muddling it up with mint leaves. Pour yourself a bourbon on the rocks and add a simple syrup of your choice for a slightly sweet, but still powerful Southern sipper.

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A brunch hour classic, the mimosa is one of the most simple (and tasty) cocktails out there. Simply pour equal parts fresh pressed orange juice and sparkling wine or Champagne into a Champagne flute and enjoy. We also recommend changing it up with a bellini. Similar to the mimosa, the bellini is a combination of one part peach puree and one part sparkling wine.

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Another breakfast time classic – try making a basic Irish coffee by simply adding three ounces of Irish Whiskey (we’re partial to Powers) to your cup of coffee. If you’re hosting guests, consider batch making the cocktail by adding a generous pour to your French press.

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The Paloma is best served poolside, in place of a chilled white wine. The simple cocktail has a ton of kick – just pour grapefruit soda on ice and add three ounces of your choice of tequila. To take things up a notch, try a modified Paloma with sparkling grapefruit juice and a smoky mezcal.

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Impress your father-in-law with a knock-your-socks-off take on a classic Scotch on the rocks. Prepare a Scotch on the rocks as you usually would (perhaps adding a bit more ice than usual) and top it off with equal parts Drambuie, a golden-colored Scottish liqueur made from Scotch whisky, honey, herbs and spices.

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This classic summer cocktail has multiple different variations depending on who you ask, but we prefer it with equal parts blond beer and sparkling lemonade. Think of it as a hoppy Aperol Spritz.

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The Screwdriver is a crowd pleaser, and for good reason. This easy-to-make cocktail combines about two ounces of vodka with three to four ounces of orange juice. We suggest fresh-squeezed or the lightly carbonated Orangina beverage if you’re making it for a brunch party and want to take things up a notch.

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The Cuba Libre is the national drink of Cuba, celebrating its independence. While that may sound fancy and complicated, it’s really not. Essentially a rum and coke, a Cuba Libre is made by adding one part rum and two parts Coca-Cola to a chilled highball glass. Feel free to garnish with a wedge of lime as well.

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The Dark and Stormy is the national cocktail of Bermuda, but has since become popular within the sailing community (thus the name). To make the perfect Dark and Stormy, fill your glass with ice, pour in two parts ginger beer of your choice and one part dark rum.

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This quintessentially British drink is surprisingly easy to make. Add two parts Pimm’s No. 1 gin with three parts ginger ale or 7-Up and garnish with whatever veggies or fruit you have on hand (usually cucumber and orange suit just fine).

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The Gimlet gained popularity in the twenties among sailors (who thought it would prevent illness) and is usually made with two parts gin and one part lime juice. Add those two ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a Martini glass for an equally quick and impressive (and zesty) cocktail.

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