Vodka is such a versatile spirit that you can mix almost anything with it and it will taste good. However, some mixers work better than others. So, if you’re wondering what to mix with vodka, try one of these 7 super easy two-ingredient vodka cocktails.
Best Two-Ingredient Vodka Cocktails
A Screwdriver is the classic two-ingredient vodka cocktail and can be whipped up in a matter of seconds. Simply fill a highball glass with ice and pour in 1.5 ounces of vodka and 4 ounces of orange juice. Gently stir, and there you have it! Feeling fancy? Add an orange slice or twist as a garnish. Screwdriver Cocktail Recipe.
2. Vodka Tonic
As the name suggests, a Vodka Tonic is made with just two ingredients: vodka and tonic. To make a Vodka Tonic, simply fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice, pour in 2 ounces of vodka over the ice, top up with tonic water, and stir gently to combine. Vodka Tonic Recipe.
3. Black Russian
Of all the two-ingredient vodka cocktails, this is probably the strongest as it only contains alcohol and no other mixers. To make a Black Russian, fill an Old Fashioned glass with large ice, pour in 2 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of coffee liqueur (Kahlua), and stir to combine. Black Russian Recipe.
Tip: If you find this too strong, you can top it up with cola to make a Dirty Black Russian Cocktail. Or if you want an even stronger variation, top it off with Baileys Irish Cream to make a Blind Russian Cocktail.
4. Vodka Gimlet
A Vodka Gimlet is essentially vodka and fresh lime juice (and a bit of simple syrup if you have it). However, if you want to make it properly you’ll need a cocktail shaker and a Hawthorne Strainer. The shaker helps to aerate the drink to give it a lighter texture and a slightly frothy top. Learn How To Make A Vodka Gimlet.
5. Cape Cod
If you’ve ever ordered a vodka cranberry at a bar, then you’ve already tried a Cape Cod cocktail. Sometimes referred to as a Cape Codder, a Cape Cod cocktail is essentially vodka and cranberry juice. To make a Cape Cod, simply fill a highball or Old Fashioned glass with ice, pour in 1.5 ounces of vodka, and top up with your desired amount of cranberry juice. Cape Cod Recipe.
If you want to mix your vodka with something fruity, then try mixing it with grapefruit juice to make a Greyhound Cocktail. This simple cocktail is incredibly easy to make. All you have to do is fill a highball glass with ice, pour in 2 ounces of vodka, and top it up with your desired amount of grapefruit juice. Greyhound Recipe.
Tip: Before making this cocktail, rim your glass with water or a grapefruit wedge and then turn it upside down and press it into a plate of coarse salt. Then make the Greyhound cocktail as normal. The result? A Salty Dog Cocktail.
7. Vodka Martini
And last but not least on our list of the best two-ingredient vodka cocktails is the Vodka Martini, which consists of vodka and dry vermouth. Now, unless, like James Bond, you like your martinis shaken and not stirred, you don’t need a shaker for this cocktail. You do, however, need some kind of strainer to filter out the ice. Learn How To Make A Vodka Martini.
More Vodka-Based Cocktails
And there you have it! The best two-ingredient vodka cocktails! Ready to try out some more complex drinks? Then check out all our Vodka-Based Cocktail Recipes. Each one comes with a printable cocktail card and pro tips to help you make the perfect cocktails at home.