5 Cocktails to Spice Up Your Quarantine
Now that we’ve given you recipes for delicious quarantine snacks, it’s only fair we share some drinks with which to wash it down. Cocktails are a great way to take the edge off and they can often tie a meal together. With liquor stores being essential during the lockdown, you have plenty of accessibility to get creative with your cocktails.
During corporate functions, drinks are often a talking piece, form cohesiveness with meal strategies, and allow guests to blow off a little steam while networking or mingling with the crowds. From simple beer and wine bars to fully themed libations, a highball or two is a common way to connect in our corporate events.
We’ve found some really interesting recipes – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – we thought you might want to try at home. Despite being somewhat homebound, we at Sublime encourage responsible drinking. Please, never drink and drive. Happy sipping!
Did you know: Gin was originally from Holland? The English discovered “genever” during the Dutch War of Independence in the 17th century. Londoners turned it into gin, the spirit we know today. Whatever it’s history, we like Gin for its multipurpose mixology and classic style. The Grinch Tonic is simple and refreshing – great for an outside, afternoon sipper. It’s also green! Courtesy of @guerillamixology on Instagram
4 cl Citrus Gin
10 cl Elderflower tonic
8-10 Basil leaves
Add Gin and Basil into shaker and muddle.
Add some ice and give it a shake.
Double strain into a chilled glass with ice.
Fill with Tonic.
The Violet Kiss of Death
Did we mention we like Gin? This twist on the martini is sweetly called the Lavendar & Blueberry Martini. We’re in love with it because it’s purple, but it’s also a bit dangerous so we’ve renamed it the violet kiss of death. Despite its tempting color, too much of this indulgence can knock you off your feet. It’s a strong one, so drink moderately. If you dare to spoil her beauty, that is. Courtesy of the Craft Gin Club
THE VIOLET KISS OF DEATH
20ml triple sec
20ml lemon juice
15ml crème de violette
Lavender sprig and/or blueberries, to garnish
Combine your gin, triple sec, lemon juice, vermouth, absinthe and crème de violette in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake hard and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
Garnish and serve.
Coconut Mezcal Margarita
Looking to get a little fancy with some lesser-known spirits? Then the Coconut Mezcal Margarita is for you. Mezcal is like tequila in that they both come from the Agave plant. Mezcal, however, can be made from a variety of agave and it is cooked in wood and hickory pits before being distilled in clay pots. This is what gives Mezcal its smoky allure and pairing can be tricky. Orgeat, the sweetener in this drink, is an almond and brandy mixture. A perfect complement to this mysterious mix. We think this will pair great with some chorizo tacos…or just any tacos! Courtesy of the Boozy Oyster
COCONUT MEZCAL MARGARITA
2 oz mezcal
1/2 oz canned coconut milk
1 oz orgeat
1/2 oz lime juice freshly squeezed
1 serrano pepper (optional) sliced
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour all of the ingredients except for the slices of serrano pepper into a cocktail shaker.
Shake until chilled (1-2 minutes).
Double strain into a short glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a slice of serrano pepper and serve immediately.
Would you believe it’s alcohol-free? Mocktails, elixirs, or spritzers let you experience all of the benefits of happy hour without the negative side effects. The Unicorn is a non-alcoholic colorful spin on mimosas and is suitable even for kids. We love allowing our guests to experience the best of bars by providing these alternatives to our sober guests. And, they keep costs down for our clients. Super sugary sweet, the Unicorn will have you shaken – not slurred. Courtesy of Midget Momma
2 cups cotton candy
2 cans berry seltzer
Dived the cotton candy into thirds.
Place each bunch of cotton candy into a champagne glass removing a pinch of cotton candy from each glass and setting aside.
Fill each glass with the seltzer in front of your guest.
Top with the reserved cotton candy.
Not into fizzers and fancy drinks? Maybe you’re just trying to stay awake. We can relate. With our favorite coffee bars closed to dine-in visits, this Dalgona Coffee will satisfy your barista fix and give you a little pep in your step. This beverage is a bit more like baking as you will be making your own plant-based milk, but with all this extra time on your hands why not try it out? We recommend visiting their website to watch the tutorial; it’s super satisfying and will give you a better visual on how to prepare all your ingredients. Courtesy of the Almond Cow.
4 cups CocoCash™
Milk¼ cup Instant coffee
¼ cup Coconut sugar
¼ cup Boiling water
Create CocoCash™ Milk. Set aside.
Add instant coffee, coconut sugar, and boiling water to a bowl. Use a whisk or handheld mixer to combine the ingredients. Beat until a whipped, light, and fluffy consistency forms (approximately 5 minutes).
Serve CocoCash™ Milk over ice. Top with the whipped coffee.
With all these great recipes, surely you have something to quench your thirst and celebrate happy hour at home. We look forward to getting back to our full-service events and having our tremendous bartenders and catering teams serve up their craft. Until then, treat yourself to a quarantini or two. Drink responsibly.