Let’s face it: the news this summer has been exceptionally rough. Multiple planes disappearing. Gaza. Ebola. Even Jon Stewart agrees. Since we don’t have anything fun to write about, I’m not messing around with anything frilly. It’s time to pour my go-to simple cocktail: the Whiskey Soda.

Okay, the Whiskey Soda isn’t the most festive cocktail in the world. But it doesn’t require any measuring, and, really, you don’t even need a recipe. Just mix whiskey and club soda over ice, and you have a boozy, bubbly drink in less than 30 seconds. It’s a great way to drink whiskey without drinking straight whiskey, and an even better way to get your mind off of the depressing news cycle.

Whiskey Soda

Glassware: Rocks glass, or something bigger

Method: Fill the glass with ice, then fill it halfway with whiskey and top it off with club soda. Enjoy.