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A Guide to the Best 2 Ingredient Bourbon Drinks of 2023

Do you consider yourself to be a bourbon purist? If so, drinking your bourbon neat might be the only option for you.

You’ll have your bourbon served at room temperature without anything added to it when you take this approach. It’ll give you an opportunity to soak up all the aromas and flavors that are jampacked into the average bottle of bourbon.

There are, however, also other ways to enjoy bourbon. You can drink it on the rocks or even order very intricate bourbon cocktails.

Asking a bartender to make 2 ingredient bourbon drinks might be a great option, too. There are so many delicious bourbon drinks that you can make by adding just one other ingredient to bourbon.

So, what are some of the best bourbon mixers that can be utilized to make 2 ingredient bourbon drinks? We’ve put together a list of suggestions below.

Here’s a guide featuring the best 2 ingredient bourbon drinks of 2023.

Classic Bourbon Highball

If you’re going to be drinking bourbon in an upscale bar and want to stick with a drink that’s on the classic side, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’ll fit right in at even the classiest bourbon bar around.

The classic bourbon highball is made by placing ice in a highball glass and topping it with 2 ounces of bourbon and 4 ounces of club soda. It can also be served with a lemon wedge if you’d like to incorporate one more flavor into the mix.

Bourbon and Tonic

Just like a classic bourbon highball, a bourbon, and tonic will be one of the best 2 ingredient bourbon drinks to order at an elegant bourbon bar. You won’t have to worry about standing out too much from the bourbon purists when you order one of these alcoholic drinks.

A bourbon and tonic can be created by filling a highball glass with ice and adding 2 ounces of bourbon and 4 ounces of tonic to it. You’re also welcome to add a lemon wedge to it if you feel like it needs something a little extra.

Bourbon Buck

Outside of adding club soda or tonic water to bourbon to make delectable 2 ingredient bourbon drinks, you should also consider adding ginger ale to it. It’ll lead you to you enjoying a fizzier drink that’ll tickle your taste buds in a whole new way.

A bourbon buck will come to life when you add ice to a highball glass and then fill it with 2 ounces of bourbon and 5 ounces of ginger ale before gently stirring it. It’s also yet another bourbon-based alcohol drink that you can top off with a lemon wedge if you so choose.

Bourbon and Cola

Some bourbon purists will steadfastly argue against the idea of adding sodas to bourbon to create 2 ingredient bourbon drinks. But if you would prefer to add some sweetness to bourbon, sodas will make excellent bourbon mixers.

Cola will be the most obvious choice when you’re making 2 ingredient bourbon drinks that include soda. You can pour 2 ounces of bourbon and 4 ounces of cola into a rocks glass filled with ice to make a bourbon and cola drink.

If this drink is too sweet for you when you try it, adding a lemon wedge to it might help cut some of the sweetness that the cola will add.

Bourbon and Lemon-Lime Soda

Do you like the idea of adding soda to bourbon but dislike the thought of using soda that contains caffeine? Then you might be better off using lemon-lime soda to make 2 ingredient bourbon drinks.

A bourbon and lemon-lime soda will call for you to fill a tall glass with ice before pouring 2 ounces of bourbon and 4 ounces of lemon-lime soda over it. It should be a little sweeter than bourbon and cola without subjecting you to any caffeine.


Of all the 2 ingredient bourbon drinks on this list, the boilermaker might make bourbon purists cringe the most. But it’s the kind of drink every bourbon lover should think about trying at least once.

To enjoy a boilermaker, you’ll need to take a pint glass and fill it with 8 ounces of beer before filling a shot glass with 1 ounce of bourbon and dropping it into the pint glass of beer. It’s one of the most interesting 2 ingredient bourbon drinks of all.

Kentucky Tea

A Kentucky tea is one of the more complicated 2 ingredient bourbon drinks to make. But it’s another bourbon-based alcoholic beverage that almost every bourbon lover will want to try once.

This 2 ingredient bourbon drink involves taking a bag of mint tea and steeping it with a lemon peel and honey in hot water before straining it and giving it time to cool off. From there, you’ll need to fill a rocks glass with ice, pour 2 ounces of bourbon over it, and add 3 ounces of your lemon and mint tea fusion.

Bourbon and Bubbles

If you’re celebrating an extra special occasion, bourbon and bubbles might be exactly what you need to put the celebration over the top. The two main ingredients in it will be bourbon and champagne.

A bourbon and bubbles will come together when you fill a highball glass with ice and pour 2 ounces of bourbon over it before topping it off with champagne. This drink will bubble right up and take any celebration to the next level, especially if it’s going to involve you making a toast.

Visit Us to Try These 2 Ingredient Bourbon Drinks

Would you like to experience any of the 2 ingredient bourbon drinks listed here for yourself? Or would you like to stick to drinking your bourbon straight or trying other bourbon cocktails?

No matter how you like to drink your bourbon, 1923 Prohibition Bar can provide you with the bourbon drinks you’re looking for. Our gorgeous bar is tucked away inside the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and is one of the best-kept secrets in all of Las Vegas.

Contact us today to reserve a table, or stop by to see us soon so that you can sip on your favorite bourbon drinks.

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