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Easy 2-Ingredient Bourbon Cocktails: Our 15 Picks (2023)

Last Updated on December 28, 2022 by Lydia Martin

Bourbon is a versatile liquor for all occasions and all seasons. Its complex yet smooth-tasting profile makes it an excellent drink. 

Aside from drinking your bourbon neat, you can also start making delicious drinks by trying these easy 2-ingredient bourbon cocktails below. Read on.

Top 15 Easy 2-Ingredient Bourbon Cocktails To Try 

15. Bourbon & Bubbles

Bourbon & Bubbles cocktail on a glass

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • Champagne

Instructions: 

Pour the bourbon into a highball glass with ice, top it with champagne or sparkling wine, and serve.

Serving: 1

14. Bourbon Lemonade

Bourbon Lemonade cocktail on a glass with lemon

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz lemonade

Instructions: 

To make homemade lemonade, mix sugar, fresh lemon juice, and water to make homemade lemonade.

Put your lemonade in a collins glass with ice, add the bourbon, and then stir.

Serving: 1

13. Bourbon & Tonic

glass of bourbon & tonic with ice and lemon peel

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Tonic water

Instructions: 

Fill a highball glass with clear ice, pour your go-to bourbon and tonic water, stir, then serve.

Serving: 1

12. Classic Bourbon Highball 

Glass of Classic Bourbon Highball with Lemon

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz club soda

Instructions:

Place ice in a highball glass and pour the bourbon. Top with club soda and serve with an optional lemon wedge. 

Serving: 1

11. Bourbon & Lemon Lime Soda

glass of Bourbon & Lemon Lime Soda

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Lemon-lime soda 

Instructions: 

For the homemade lemon-lime soda, you can mix club soda, fresh lemon, lime juice, and simple syrup.

Add the bourbon to a tall glass filled with ice and top it with lemon-lime soda.

Serving: 1

10. Kentucky Tea (Iced Tea)

Bottle of Kentucky Tea cocktail and lemon

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 3oz Lemon mint tea infusion

Instructions: 

In making the infusion, steep a bag of mint tea with lemon peel and honey in hot water, strain, and chill.

Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour the bourbon, and add the lemon-mint tea infusion.

Serving: 1

9. Bourbon Buck (Ginger Ale)

glass of Bourbon Buck with ice and strawberry

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 5oz Ginger ale

Instructions: 

Add the bourbon and ginger ale to an ice-fille highball, gently stir, and serve with some optional lemon wedge.

Serving: 1

8. Bourbon & Dr. Pepper

Bourbon & Dr. Pepper Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Bourbon
  • 3oz Dr. Pepper

Instructions: 

Mix bourbon and Dr Pepper in a rocks glass, add ice cubes, stir, and serve.

“Cocktails are society’s most enduring invention!”

– Elsa Maxwell, Author/Journalist

You can use Dr Pepper’s new limited edition bourbon-flavored drink [1] for a stronger bourbon flavor profile. 

Serving: 1

7. Bourbon & Hard Seltzers

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Hard Seltzer

Instructions:

Fill a highball glass with ice, add the bourbon, and top with your favorite hard seltzer, gently stir, and serve.

Serving: 1

6. Bourbon & Coke

close up shot of Bourbon & Coke glass cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Coke

Instructions:

Pour the bourbon and cola into a rocks glass with ice. You can add a lemon squeeze to cut the cola’s sweetness.

Serving: 1

5. Bourbon & Cream Soda

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Cream soda

Instructions:

Add the bourbon to a cocktail glass with ice, top it off with the cream soda, stir, and then serve.

Serving: 1

4. Boilermaker

Boilermaker glass drink

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1oz Bourbon
  • 8oz Beer

Instructions: 

Fill the shot glass with bourbon and the pint glass with beer. Drop the shot glass into the pint glass or serve it individually. 

Serving: 1

3. Bourbon & Iced Coffee

Glass of Bourbon & Iced Coffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Iced coffee

Instructions: 

Mix bourbon and your strained iced coffee in a glass with ice. Stir it and drizzle with optional caramel topping.

Serving: 1

2. Rusty Spike

glass of rusty spike drink

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Bourbon
  • ¾ oz Drambuie

Instructions: 

Add bourbon and Drambuie in a mixing glass with ice, stir until it’s well chilled, and strain into a rocks glass with an ice cube.

Serving: 1

1. Bourbon Paloma 

Bourbon Paloma cocktail with mint leaves and grapefruit

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 4oz Grapefruit juice or soda

Instructions: 

In an ice-filled highball glass, pour bourbon, grapefruit juice, or soda, and stir and serve.

Serving: 1

FAQs 

Can anything be added to the bourbon?

Yes, you can add anything to the bourbon after it’s bottled. But in making bourbon, the law dictates that you can add water to lessen the proof. [2]

How do you add flavor to bourbon?

You can add flavor to bourbon by infusing it with different ingredients. You can start making bourbon infusions in a jar with added fresh fruits, spices, flowers, or herbs.

What do you mix to make easy light bourbon cocktails?

You can mix sodas, ginger ale, and fruit juices to make easy light bourbon cocktails.

In Summary 

These easy bourbon cocktail recipes above offer a wide selection for every drinker’s palate.

You can add sodas and sparkling wines to make it extra fizzy or fruit juices to make a fruity punch.

Some drinkers say that bourbon is best consumed neat, but when combined with other mixers, you can also appreciate it fully.

References:

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyprice/2022/10/17/i-tried-the-new-limited-edition-bourbon-flavored-dr-pepper 
  2. https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/04/5-rules-that-make-it-bourbon.html 

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