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5 Absurdly Easy, 2-Ingredient Scotch Cocktails You Can Make Tonight

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If you could harness the power of convenience, you could probably solve the world’s energy problems. Milk costs $2 more per gallon at the mini-mart on the corner than it does at the supermarket three miles away? Well, sure, but it’s right there. That’s a big deal. And it applies equally—if not double—to the world of cocktails. You might like to make that tempting classic cocktail you’ve read about, but you don’t have any cherry liqueur on hand, or you’re fresh out of hibiscus grenadine, or your local package store doesn’t stock Benedictine.

Does that mean you are shut out from the world of quality cocktails? No, it most definitely does not. Here are five crazy-easy, super-delicious, two-ingredient scotch drinks that belong both in the world of quality cocktails and in your repertoire of drinks to order at the bar or make at home.

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Godfather

Cocktails don’t come simpler—or with cooler backstories—than the Godfather, a blend of equal parts scotch and amaretto, which, legend has it, was named for none other than Don Corleone, the Godfather in the iconic film of the same name, famously played by Marlon Brando. As an easy-to-make pregame cocktail, this tasty blend of smoky and nutty is an offer you can hardly refuse.

Ingredients |

  • .75 oz scotch whisky
  • .75 oz amaretto
Method |
1. Combine both spirits in a rocks glass.
2. Add one large ice cube, stir.

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Rusty Nail

Here’s another delicious, simple cocktail with a badass, old-school name. Order one of these at the bar and revel in the instant cred it’ll bring you. No one will have to know that the drink literally could not be less complex (and still qualify as a cocktail). It’s made of equal parts blended scotch (use a quality smoky one) and honeyed scotch liqueur. Smoky and sweet with notes of heather, citrus, and spice, this one is much more than the sum of its parts.

Ingredients |

  • .75 oz scotch whisky
  • .75 oz honeyed scotch liqueur
Method |
1. Combine both spirits in a rocks glass.
2. Add ice, stir. Garnish with a lemon twist (optional).

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Courtesy of Johnnie Walker

Much like quality cocktails, there’s a certain intimidation factor that goes along with quality scotch. But there shouldn’t be: Just as there are loads of easy, delicious cocktails, there’s no shortage of amazing, accessible scotch. In classic two-ingredient cocktails like the Rusty Nail or the Highball, these two elements come together gloriously. And you’d be hard pressed to find a scotch that makes a better base for those two simple cocktails than Johnnie Walker Black Label.

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Scotch and Cola

You’re great uncle Fergus from Kirkintilloch may not agree, but you can definitely mix scotch with cola. People have been doing it for decades now, and with good reason: It’s a quick, easy, and tasty concoction. Give it a try and don’t be surprised to see it become your new go-to drink this winter, whether you’re at home, or waiting your turn at your local.

Ingredients |

  • 1.5 oz scotch whisky
  • 2 oz cola
Method |
1. Combine scotch and cola in a highball glass filled with ice.
2. Stir, serve.

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Presbyterian

This drink makes a perfect introduction to the world of blended scotch. Choose one blessed with just the right balance of complexity and mixability, pour it over ice in a Collins glass, top with ginger ale, and—boom—you’re done. It’s a simple and delicious way to enjoy Scotland’s greatest export.

Ingredients |

  • 1.5 oz scotch whisky
  • Ginger ale, to top
Method |
1. Pour scotch over ice in a Collins glass.
2. Top with ginger ale, stir to combine.

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Scotch Highball

A blended scotch with a complex, smoky profile works best here, but you can mix and match till you find what works for you. It’s certainly not a difficult undertaking, as this drink’s other name—Scotch and Soda—makes plain. Just pour scotch over ice in a highball glass, top with effervescent soda, and, if you want, garnish with a lemon twist. That’s it. A classic easy sipper that has stood the test of time for a reason.

Ingredients |

  • 1.5 oz scotch whisky
  • Club soda, to top
Method |
1. Pour scotch over ice in a highball glass.
2. Top with club soda, stir to combine. Lemon peel garnish (optional).

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