We love experimenting with homemade bitters and infused syrups as much as the next aspiring mixologist (just take a peek at our bar cart if you want proof), but sometimes you just want a cocktail that's edited and streamlined. Enter this list of easy mixed drinks for simplified sipping. Surprisingly, many of the most iconic classic cocktails are composed of only a pair of ingredients. That's right, just two ingredients.В Emily Roberts / MyDomaine
For those days when you're in the mood to simplify, or if you're looking to serve a crowd with a turnkey flourish of mixology, turn to this list of mixed drinks featuring rum, tequila, vodka, and nearly any other liquor you can think of. From tropical cocktails to true classics, these drinks are too good to wait for happy hour. Ahead are 11В of the best mixed drinks that only require two ingredients. 'Cause three's a crowd anyway, right?
The PalomaSpoon Fork Bacon
A nice break from the everyday margarita, one of Mexico's most beloved mixed drinks,В the Paloma, is made by mixing equal parts (1/4 cup) of tequila with grapefruit-flavored soda (such as Fresca or Jarritos). Serve it on the rocks with a lime wedge-salted rim optional. This mixed drink with tequila is a classic for a reason.
The KalimotxoAnna Ivanova/500px
A staple of Basque culture, the kalimotxo is an easy twist on sangria, made with equal parts dry red wine and Coca-Cola poured over ice. You can dress it up with a squeeze of lemon or orange, but purists might say those additions are even too fussy. Overdid it last night? Kalimotxos make quite theВ restorative hangover cure, too.
The GreyhoundTastes Lovely
A Don Draper favorite, this refreshingВ Mad Men-era cocktailВ is made with vodka and grapefruit juice. Just fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in two ounces of vodka and five ounces of grapefruit juice, and stir well. Garnish with a grapefruit peel if you so desire. Want to get fancy? Add 1/2 ounce of rosemary syrup and a rosemary sprig to give this mixed drink with vodka an herbal touch.
The SnakebiteOxana Denezhkina/500px
The Snakebite is one of the easiest-to-make mix drinks, only requiringВ equal parts lager and cider. In the United Kingdom, it's often served with a dash of black currant liqueur, which is known as "snakebite and black" or "diesel." In the U.S., stout is often used to make this mixed drink instead of lager.
To make a snakebite, chill a pint glass. Pour in eight ounces of chilled cider, and then float eight ounces of lager on top of it by holding a spoon over the glass and slowly pouring it over the back of the spoon to keep the layers separated.
The GimletOxana Denezhkina/500px
The gimletВ is a gin-based cocktail that dates back to the '20s. The classic combo is crafted by shaking two ounces of gin with 1/4 ouncesВ of Rose's Lime Juice with ice in aВ shaker, and then straining into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish this mixed drink with a wedge of lime.
The Screwdriver MuleStudio DIY
A marriage of the screwdriver and the Moscow mule (another two-ingredient cocktail), the screwdriver muleВ adds a bit of ginger for some kick. To make it, just fill a rocks glass with ice and add two ounces of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver, then top with ginger beer. Add a squeeze of lime, and garnish this mixed drink with a lime wedge if you wish.
The BelliniOxana Denezhkina/500px
Originating in Venice, Italy, in the '30s-'40s, the belliniВ is a simple yet elevated cocktail made with chilled fruitВ purГ©e and prosecco. Traditionally, peach is used, but feel free to mix it up by subbing in passion fruit purГ©e or garnishing with fragrant lavender. Just pour two ounces of purГ©e into a champagne flute and top with three ounces of prosecco.
This champagne cocktail is served straight up.
The GaribaldiOxana Denezhkina/500px
Also known as Campari-Orange,В the GaribaldiВ is a classic ItalianВ aperitivoВ made with, you guessed it, Campari and orange juice. We prefer a one-to-three ratio of Campari to orange, but some recipes call for a one-to-one ratio. Just fill a tumbler or Collins glass with ice, add the Campari, top it with OJ, and stir.
The Rum and CokeOxana Denezhkina/500px
Good-oldВ rum and CokeВ is a fuss-free cocktail that's been around since the early 20th century. To make it, just add ice to a rocks or Collins glass, pour in two ounces of white rum, and fill it with cold Coca-Cola. Step it up a notch, and make a Cuba Libre by muddling a lime in the glass before you add ice to this mixed drink.
The Dark 'n StormyOxana Denezhkina/500px
A staple in the sailing community and the national drink of Bermuda, the Dark 'n StormyВ is a highball cocktail made with Gosling's Black Rum and ginger beer over ice. Any ratio works, but two ounces of rum to four ounces ginger beer is how we like it. This mixed drink is especially refreshing on a hot summer day, but it can be enjoyed any time of year.
The Arnold PalmerLuis Mario Hernandez Aldana/500px
Named after the American golfer,В the Arnold PalmerВ is a non-alcoholic drink made with one-to-one iced tea and lemonade, but it's been revised with a boozy twist. To make the adult version, fill a rocks or Collins glass with ice, fill it halfway with lemonade, and top it with sweet tea vodka.
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This article was originally published on September 16, 2017, and has since been updated.