The Liber boys enjoy elaborate cocktails as much as anyone, and when you have the time and energy to craft a five-ingredient masterpiece, the payoff is worth it. But often when we get home from a long day at the office and our eyes go straight to our bar, we want to quickly whip up a drink that is easy and enjoyable. That’s when we turn to some tried and true two-ingredient staples that are convenient enough to make when your energy reserve is running on “E”. Adding these two-ingredient drinks to your core rotation will up your home bartending game without being a chore to make:The Martini – The Martini is one of the most well-known cocktails around, and for good reason. Regardless of whether you stir or shake it, the Martini is a bracing, crisp cocktail that is heavy on the booze.
“Fill a glass with gin and wave it in the general direction of Italy.”Regardless of your preference, the Martini is the quintessential two-ingredient cocktail, and one should be well-versed in its structure.
The Greyhound – Grapefruit has long been a favorite ingredient among bartenders because of its tart, acidic flavor profile and subtle sweetness. The Greyhound utilizes these characteristics alongside gin for a punchy cocktail that is refreshing and straightforward. A common variation on the Greyhound replaces gin with vodka. Here’s our preferred greyhound cocktail:
Add ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir.
Rusty Nail – A favorite of the Rat Pack, the Rusty Nail combines the woody, hot flavors of Scotch whiskey with the sweet herbal tones of Drambuie (a whiskey-based liqueur). Almost regardless of your ratio of Scotch:Drambuie, the Rusty Nail is a complex yet surprisingly accessible cocktail that combines two storied spirits into one Scottish sipper. Although it can get a bit pricey if it becomes your favorite, the Rusty Nail is the perfect next step for Old Fashioned drinkers.
Add ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir.
The Gin & Tonic – We at Liber & Co. have a special relationship with the G&T. Tonic and its origins are what gave birth to our passion and respect for quality cocktail ingredients and their histories.
Originally used as an anti-malarial ration for British soldiers occupying India, tonic quickly found its way into a pairing with the UK’s favorite spirit to form one of the most iconic cocktail duos there is.
The gin & tonic’s crisp, clean bite has made it a favorite among warm-climate cultures (see Spain’s G&T craze). The strong, aromatic flavors of most gins are perfectly balanced by tonic's acidic and bitter taste. This iconic pairing makes for what is likely the most popular cocktail around.
Add ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir and garnish with a lime.
*We would be remiss not to mention that today’s mass-produced tonic waters, especially those served out of a bar gun, are a far cry from the original quinine tonic that gave rise to the beloved G&T. Our Spiced Tonic Syrup and other quinine- concentrated syrups are more authentic to the original tonic of Colonial India.