Easy Two-Ingredient Cocktails

With these two-ingredient cocktails, you can whip up some quick and easy drinks without the hassle of complicated recipes or lengthy ingredient lists. Containing just two simple ingredients, these drinks are quick and easy to make and pack a flavorful punch that will leave you feeling like a pro mixologist.

A whiskey and coke garnished with a cherry and lime wheel on a metal skewer.

What are two-ingredient cocktails?

Two-ingredient cocktails are simple drink recipes made with — you guessed it — just two parts, usually a hard liquor and either juice or soda. However, sometimes they are two spirits, such as in the case of the Black Russian, which is a mix of vodka and coffee liqueur.

This category of drinks is broad and encompasses simple soda drinks like the Rum & Coke or Vodka Soda all the way to the ritzy brunch mimosa.

These easy cocktails are the ones you are likely to order at a dive bar or on an airplane — they’re simple pairings that reliably work together every time.

When making cocktails at home, it’s easy to get discouraged by long ingredient lists. Sometimes you just want something quick and easy!

Two-ingredient drinks fit the bill. They are easy cocktails that don’t require more than two ingredients — unless you want to add a garnish, a squeeze of citrus or an extra splash of liqueur.

a bourbon and ginger ale cocktail in a gold polka dotted glass

Cocktail mixers

It’s helpful to have a few mixers on hand when making two-ingredient drinks. Here are some common ones to stock your bar with:

  • cola
  • ginger ale
  • tonic water
  • club soda
  • ginger beer
  • lemon-lime soda
  • root beer
  • champagne
  • coffee
  • cranberry juice

Most of these mixers go well with the key players of whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila and gin. Here are some of the #1 drink recipes with two ingredients:

Easy Two-Ingredient Cocktails

These easy cocktails have only two ingredients, so you can whip them up in no time.

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Mix the perfect cocktail, every time

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