Ten Two-Ingredient Cocktails to Wet the Whistle

Jack Hughes 12 May 2019
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”Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else. ”  (Harry Croswell, 1806)


As much as exam term is a time for stress, it is also a time for celebration. And nothing quite says celebration like a cocktail. The problem is, who has time to go searching for a cocktail shaker and a muddling stick? Not me. Here are ten incredibly simple two-ingredient cocktails that take the faff out of cocktail making. Make one and enjoy – because you’re worth it.



A traditional Americano cocktail should also be made with red vermouth, but to keep it simple, you can just mix together equal parts Campari and soda. Serve in a highball glass over ice and you have the perfect pick-me-up; edging on the side of bitter, this drink invigorates!



Mix together equal parts Campari and dry white wine for a refreshing gulp!


Black Russian

This drink is slightly sweet and crisp! Simply mix together 5 parts vodka and 2 parts coffee liqueur (Kahlúa works well). Serve over ice.


Cuba Libre

Mix together 1 part rum and 2 parts cola. Serve over ice with lime.


Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Mix together 2 parts ginger beer and 1 part rum. Serve on the rocks with a slice of lime. Replace the rum with vodka and you have a Moscow Mule!



This zingy cocktail is just a mixture of Campari and orange juice. A perfect breakfast cocktail!



Mix together 4 parts grapefruit juice and one part gin for this zesty drink. Serve over ice. Salt the rim of the glass and you have a Salty Dog!



Mix together 2 parts orange juice and 1 part vodka. Serve over ice. Vodka and orange is a classic, but one that should not be forgotten!



Mixing together equal parts lager and cider may seem the most disgusting idea, not worthy of the title of ‘cocktail’. I urge you to try it – no doubt it will become a firm favourite.


Shirley Temple

If all these cocktails go straight to your head, here’s a delightful mocktail. Simply fill a glass with ginger beer and add a splash of grenadine. If you want to put the kitsch in cocktail making, garnish with a maraschino cherry. And if ginger beer is not your thing, add a splash of grenadine to a glass of cola for a Roy Rogers.