It can be fun to mix up all kinds of fancy, elaborate cocktails using 50 billion ingredients and as much flair as you can muster, but that can also be a real pain.
Think about your go-to well drinks: booze+soda, booze+juice, booze+sweet and sour… The formula is simple, but it's anything but boring. It's hard to get tired of a vodka cranberry, whiskey sour or gin and tonic, but just in case you want something new AND easy, here are some easy two-ingredient options for you:
It might sound offensive and blasphemous to mix scotch at all, but imagine grabbing a bitter, hoppy and slightly oily IPA and floating an ounce of the peatiest, smokiest scotch you can find on it. This unexpected pairing is truly unforgettable.
Sweet, bitter Campari is lovely when topped with something fizzy. The bitterness of both the Campari and the IPA marry nicely, while the sweet cherry and slightly spicy orange flavors of the liqueur play well with the citrus undertones of your beer.
Grab yourself a nice, strong ginger beer and let the magic happen.
It's like an easier, less salty Michelada -- use Bloody Mary mix, or just plain tomato/Clamato juice if you'd like. Squeeze in a little lime juice if you want a nice fresh twist.
Technically, there are three ingredients if you include the dash of Angostura bitters, which isn't completely necessary but does add fantastic complexity. It takes three to four days to infuse the vodka, but if you don't have time for that, shake your cocktail with broken-up candy cane pieces and place a candy cane in your glass to infuse the flavor as you drink.
Sweet, sour grapefruit juice is stupendous with either gin or vodka, or even tequila for a different spin. Rim your glass with salt and call it a Salty Dog, or garnish it with a sprig of fresh rosemary for an herbal pop of brightness.
Lemonade + booze. That's seriously it. The recipe recommends vodka, but you can honestly use just about anything, and it'll be tasty -- gin and whiskey are great too.