Years before we had kids, my husband and I toured several wineries in Napa Valley. We swished vividly-colored Merlots in large goblets, sniffed headily fragrant burgundies, and tasted a full array of California wines. And I learned something that has saved us hundreds of dollars over the years: I have absolutely no pallet for wine. I like it, but am unable to appreciate the difference between a pricey Chateau Belair Monange St. Emillion Bordeaux and and an economical Trader Joe's Bordeaux. I also have no pallet for fine liquors and am far too lazy and frugal to make complex mixed drinks containing multiple ingredients, even for my dearest friends. Still, this Holiday Season I do want to offer my adult guests something special in terms of alcohol, so I found some simple 2-ingredient drinks that even I, the Lazy Hostess, can make:
- The Classics – Rum and coke, screwdrivers (orange juice and
vodka), gin and tonic, vodka and tonic, scotch and soda, and white
wine spritzers (white wine and Sprite) never go out of style.
Depending on the brand of liquor you use, these drinks can be made
cheaply plus they're classy and comfortably predictable.
- Pink Bikini – Raspberry lemonade and rum. Pretty, but
- Bourbon Peach Tea – I always think of elderly men when I
think of bourbon but becomes a more youthful drink when you add some
Snapple or other peach iced tea to it.
- Greyhound – One to two shots of citrus vodka and
grapefruit juice. Vary it by using tequila instead of vodka and
it's called a Paloma. Tasty and nutritious...sort of.
- Horse's Neck – One or two shots of whiskey and ginger ale.
- Dark & Stormy – Rum plus ginger beer. The ginger
beer (a soda) adds a nice, spicy kick.
- Shandy – I was introduced to this drink from a former
Jamaican colleague. The basic version consists of one part beer
with another beverage such as lemonade, limeade, ginger ale, or
Sprite. Use a light beer with a diet drink for those who are
weight-conscious or make it with ginger beer for a bit of heat. One
of my all-time favorites!
- Irish Cream and Chocolate Milk – Don't wrinkle your nose at this! The chocolate milk makes
this a little less thick and far much more delicious. Use skim milk to
pretend you're on a diet and heat it up for extra warmth (read on for more warm drinks).
- Rum and Root Beer –
Use a dark or spiced rum and grab a can of A&W Root Beer. It
makes a surprisingly nice combination.
- Bellini – This drink is made with peach puree and prosecco. If you don't have time to puree peaches, try a jar of pureed peaches baby food.
- Irish Coffee – You've gotta give the Irish credit for
mixing black coffee and Irish whiskey. Add whipped cream for extra
flavor and color. Using a flavored coffee or a coffee syrup,
obviously, gives it added dimension.
- Adult Hot Cocoa – Grab your Swiss Miss hot chocolate and ad
a little peppermint schnapps. Use a candy cane as a swizzle stick.
A variation on this is hot cocoa with whiskey which is called a
- Hot Buttered Rum – This is not a 2-ingredient drink, but
the extra effort is worth it. Place 1 small slice of butter, 1
teaspoon of brown sugar,a little vanilla extract and any spices you
might like (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) at the bottom of a mug and stir.
Pour in 2 ounces of dark rum and hot water. Stir again.
- Butter Baby – Mix 1 ounce of butterscotch schnapps and hot
chocolate. Garnish with whipped cream. Smooth, sweet, and
- Mulled Wine – Again, not a 2-ingredient drink, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this classic at this time of year. Click here for an easy recipe from Food.com: http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-mulled-wine-79958.
- Coke and Drops – This is basically Coke With Lemon. Take a
glass of cola and add a few drops of lemon juice. Serve with a
lemon wedge. You can also mix ¾ cola with ¼ lemonade. The
lemonade adds a nice tartness.
- Mountain Dang – Mix three parts of Mountain Dew with 1 part
of Tang powdered soft drink. Source: www.drinksmixer.com
- Shot In The Pot – Ginger ale and Tabasco sauce. Watch the
- Banana and Cocoa – Not a 2-ingredient drink, but versatile
because it can be served hot or cold. Blend one banana (or use banana
baby food) with either hot cocoa or chocolate milk and half and
half. Depending on how you make it, you could be getting potassium
and calcium in this drink, folks.
- Breeze – Mix cranberry juice with pineapple juice. Yum!
If children are present, keep an eye on cocktails and make sure bottles are far away from small, curious hands. Keep the number for Poison Control (1/800-222-1222) on speed dial at home and on your cellphone. Remember, too, that teens and tweens are curious creatures. Make sure they don't have access to anything that could be fodder for experimentation. In fact, if you've got kids in the house, it's a good idea for at least one adult to remain completely sober in case of emergency.
Never pressure anyone to drink and respect their wishes if they choose to abstain. Designated drivers should be appointed, thanked, and praised. PLEASE: be smart and watch yourself and your guests!
Thank you for reading! Come back again!