These Easy, Two-Ingredient Cocktails Will Save the Day

November 22, 2017

Props to those who have the foresight, wherewithal, and wits about them to pull together robust and interesting Thanksgiving cocktails. Between menu planning and wrangling guests, it’s a surprise to me that anyone has a chance to think about what they want to drink come Turkey Day. It’s always seemed easier to gather a few bottles of wine and call it a day. But for some, cocktails are always in order.

If you lean towards liquor, why not try your hand at one of these seven cocktail recipes. They’re great for large parties, and some can easily be made alcohol-free for the kids.

For something tart, why not try a Camparosa, a mix of Campari and grapefruit juice at a 2 to 3 ratio, respectively. Garnish with an optional orange slice to gussy it up a bit. The Greyhound pairs grapefruit juice with gin. Rosemary, in the form of syrup or a sprig, is a welcome addition. Or sub the grapefruit for orange juice and splash it with vodka for a classic Screwdriver. For an elevated touch, salt the glasses rim.

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If it’s bubbles you crave, take a note from the Philadelphia-based restaurant Barbuzzo’s book and mix elderflower liqueur with champagne for what they call the French Farmer. Champagne also takes well to a fruit purée; mix the two together for a Bellini. Or for something a little more spicy, opt for ginger beer as your bubbly base of choice. Add in a splash of rum and you have a Dark and Stormy; mix it with gin and you’ve got yourself a Gin and Ginger.

All these cocktails are easy to make, and even easier to enjoy. So this Thanksgiving, don't stress about pouring complex libations—two ingredient cocktails can be just as good.

What's your go-to Thanksgiving cocktail? Let us know the recipe in the comments.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


Jennifer November 22, 2017
The best easy autumn cocktail is apple cider mixed with bourbon: so simple and delicious.
Suzanne D. November 22, 2017
Thank you. I plan to test-drive some of these ideas tomorrow!