These days, it’s difficult to avoid the outrageous cocktail trend. Mixologists will combine ten or more ingredients to create obscure beverages with flavors ranging from bubblegum to Christmas tree. Intriguing, yes, but we know that sometimes your summer evenings call for something simpler.

So let’s bring it back to the original bartenders for a moment. The primary masters of “mixology.” They shake up a few ingredients and BAM, in front of you rests a sweet or sour treat. Sounds satisfying, right? Well you can be the bartender, too. Instead of selecting an elaborate mixology infusion, why not give our favorite classic two ingredient cocktails a try. This way, you too can effortlessly whip up whatever caters to your summer cravings.

First, we’ll start with a classic. Whether dry or dirty, a martini is always an elegant choice. So fill up your glass and proceed to look like an old-fashioned movie star. You’ll need:

• 1.5 oz. vodka or gin
• 0.5 oz. dry vermouth

A brunch essential, the mimosa’s tangy citrus combined with a sweet carbonation will make for a pleasant-tasting experience.

• 2 oz. orange juice
• 3 oz. sparkling wine

This zesty cocktail offers another refreshing twist of citrus. A smooth and fruity paloma is the ideal thirst quencher for any hot and humid day.

• 2 oz. tequila
• 6 oz. grapefruit soda (i.e. Squirt or flavored seltzer)

Also referred to as a “gin sour,” the gimlet has been a standard tart sensation for years. After the first sip, your spirits will be uplifted by the drink’s flavorful use of lime.

• 2 oz. gin
• 1 ¾ oz. lime juice

Next time you’re not feeling so avant-garde, explore one of these easy cocktail solutions. Have another beloved two-ingredient recipe? Share it with us.