Don’t spend your Labor Day making labor intensive cocktail recipes. Mix up a few two ingredient drinks for an easy and refreshing Labor Day gathering instead.Don’t spend your Labor Day making labor intensive cocktail recipes. Mix up a few two ingredient drinks for an easy and refreshing Labor Day gathering instead.

You could make drinks combining base spirit with popular mixer. This could include simple rum and cola or vodka and cranberry. Flavored vodka and rums also pair nicely with different toppers. Try cherry vodka topped with lemon lime soda or orange juice. Or how about pineapple vodka with coconut water?

Layered Two Ingredient Drinks

Adios

Say goodbye to summer time heat and hello to cooler temps, football and the beautiful colors of fall foliage with the Adios shot. Garner oohs and aahs for its cool layered look. You’ll get the thumbs up all around for its awesome taste. Chill ingredients ahead of time to keep the shot cool and refreshing.

Adios layered shot is an easy two ingredient drink that can also be shaken and poured into the shot glass. It is also excellent served on the rocks.Adios

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1 ounce Tequila

Carefully layer chilled spirits in a shot glass in the order given. Serve to the group and throw it back together. Say adios to the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Baby Guinness

For beer fans everywhere who want to get the party started with a big bang there is the Baby Guinness. When accomplished correctly this shot layers with the look of a correctly poured mini pint of Guinness. What’s not to love about a mini shot of Guinness?

Baby Guinness layered shot is meant to mimic the look of a real Guinness beer when layered correctly. It is an easy two ingredient drink recipe.Baby Guinness

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur

Carefully layer chilled spirits in a chilled shot glass in the order given. Serve

Short Two Ingredient Drink

Godfather

Every gathering has that special someone who tells the best stories and knows the funniest jokes. He is the Godfather of the party. He gets the party started simply by arriving. He is classic. So is this easy two ingredient drink.

The Rusty Nail and Godfather Scotch Cocktails are two ingredient drinks. One uses Drambuie, the other uses Amaretto. Measurements vary depending upon bartender, website or cocktail book. Godfather drink pictured.Godfather

2 ounces Scotch Whisky

1 ounce Amaretto

Build over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Stir and serve.

Proportions can be changed according to spirit to sweetness preference.

Long Two Ingredient Drinks

Monkey Wrench

Poor weather sometimes spoils even the best of plans. Don’t let Mother Nature throw a Monkey Wrench into your plans. Pour a little spirited fun over ice, stir and let the good times continue indoors if a little rain falls on your parade.

The Monkey Wrench is a two ingredient drink made with rum and grapefruit juice. Ratchet it up a notch by using dark or spiced rum and pink grapefruit juice.Monkey Wrench

2 ounces Gold Rum

3 ounces Pink Grapefruit Juice

Build over fresh ice in a highball glass. Stir.

Greyhound

Do long holiday weekends make you feel like getting away? Buy a ticket, hop a Greyhound and take a tour. Or just sip a long, tall cool one and think about all the places you could go.

The Greyhound two ingredient drink is a variation on the Salty Dog {Gin, Grapefruit Juice, Salted Rim}Greyhound

2 ounces Citrus Vodka

3 ounces Grapefruit Juice

Build over fresh ice in a highball glass. Stir.

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Easy Two Ingredient Drink & Shot Recipes
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  • Michael Hoover

    Some bars do not have many fancy ingredients so I would like some simple shots with only 2 or 3 common ingredients.