Camparosa is bitter, sweet and refreshingly excellent! - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Entertaining with Two Ingredient Cocktails

Two ingredient cocktails are the perfect start to the perfect party. Planning a party well in advance or throwing one together on the fly just got a little easier with all the tasty bells and whistles remaining in the glass. Cocktails for crowds don’t have to be extravagantly detailed with lots of ingredients in the glass. Placing the right mix of elements in a cocktail glass for quality taste experience is exactly the same principle as combining the ideal blend of people together for a party. Favorable flavors combine for sensational taste just as complimentary personalities add sensational spark to a party. Two ingredient cocktails keep entertaining fun, fabulous and flavorful.

A few splashes of Tabasco would send this simple version of the Bloody Mary into show stopper mode! - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
A few splashes of Tabasco would send this simple version of the Bloody Mary into show stopper mode! – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Bull’s Eye is an excellent example of a multi-layered traditional cocktail made simpler. This two ingredient cocktail takes a popular cocktail many know and love {the Bloody Mary} and combines it with another popular ingredient {great American beer} for a tasty two ingredient cocktail combination that’s easy to make, difficult to pass up.

Bull’s Eye

2-1/2 ounce Beer

2-1/2 ounce Tomato Juice

Cherry Tomato Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with skewered cherry tomato. A few splashes of Tabasco would send this simple version of the Bloody Mary into show stopper mode!

Camparosa is bitter, sweet and refreshingly excellent! - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Camparosa is bitter, sweet and refreshingly excellent! – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Camparosa

2 ounces Campari

3 ounces Grapefruit Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange slice. Bitter, sweet and refreshingly excellent!

Depth Charge

2 ounces Schnapps

1 pint Beer

Place schnapps flavor of your choice into chilled beer mug. Top with beer.

Flying Dutchman is an easy 2 ingredient cocktail. Go easy on the Absinthe! - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Flying Dutchman is an easy 2 ingredient cocktail. Go easy on the Absinthe! – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Flying Dutchman

2 ounces Gin

1 teaspoon Absinthe

Combine liquids in an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Stir.

Highball

2 ounces Base Spirit of Choice

3 ounces Mixer of Choice

Place base spirit (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, etc…) in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with mixer (club soda, tonic, juice, etc…).

Rye & Ginger is a very popular drink with easily accessible ingredients. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Rye & Ginger is a very popular drink with easily accessible ingredients. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Rye & Ginger

2 ounces Rye

3 ounces Ginger Ale

Place Rye in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Stir.

Splificator

2-1/2 ounces Bourbon

1/2 ounce Club Soda

Place bourbon in an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Top with club soda to desired taste.

The Spritzer is the original wine cocktail! - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
The Spritzer is the original wine cocktail! – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Spritzer

4 ounces White Wine

Club Soda

Lemon Twist Garnish

Place wine in white wine glass with fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with optional lemon twist.

Whisky Mac

1-1/2 ounce Scotch

1 ounce Ginger Wine

Place scotch in an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger wine. Stir.

Never leave guests without a non-alcoholic option…

Italian Soda

2 ounces Italian Syrup – Flavor of Choice

3 ounces Sparkling Water

Lemon or Lime Slice Garnish

Fill highball glass with ice. Add flavored Italian syrup of choice (flavored coffee syrups or flavored simple syrups could also be used). Top with sparkling water. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon or lime slice. Other fruit garnishes could be used to correspond to the syrup flavor chosen.

Enjoy more year round hosting ideas from creative party planners and entertaining specialists:

BBQBlogHop - photo courtesy Dawn Sandomeno of Party Blue PrintsCynthia of the Daily Basics: Fabulous daily inspiration for getting back to basics and enjoying life again. @thedailybasics on Twitter The Daily Basics on Facebook

Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer: An inspiration to everyone seeking the confidence to entrain at home, and author of The Reluctant Entertainer. @SandyCoughlinRE on Twitter Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook

Dawn of Party Blue Prints: A great source for planning the perfect party, 1/2 of the Party Blue Prints team and co-author of Plan to Party.  @DawnSandomeno on Twitter

Jen of Second City Soiree: Chicago hostess and a wealth of creative ideas for hosting the perfect event. @SecndCitySoiree on Twitter Second City
Soiree on Facebook

Chris of Celebrations at Home: Virginian Event Planner offering fabulous advice for celebrations at home and Celebrations.com starlet. @CelebrateAtHome on Twitter Celebrations At Home on Facebook

Coryanne of Housewife Bliss: @housewifebliss on Twitter Housewife-Bliss on Facebook

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