Celebrate Happy Hour at Home with These Easy Cocktail Recipes

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It’s interesting how being forced to stay home makes people creative. They probably have several ideas now on how to survive boredom and cabin fever because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Some have finally tackled the decluttering project they kept putting off. Others are participating in online exercises and yoga sessions. Still, others stay connected with friends to “have a few drinks” by hosting a Zoom happy hour for their usual Thirsty Thursday meetup.

If you’re also planning a virtual happy hour with your friends, but don’t know what to prepare, here are a few quarantine-friendly cocktail recipes. These are easy to mix and involve only a handful of ingredients.

 

1. Mango Martini

Lime and cranberry juice, mango puree, triple sec, and white rum make for a sweet but tart martini perfect for your virtual happy hour. The addition of mango puree is a great way to spruce up your regular martini when you want to make your drink a little more special.

Ingredients:

½ oz lime juice

½ oz cranberry juice

½ oz triple sec

1 oz white rum (such as Bacardi Superior)

A dash of mango puree

Method: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds, then strain the contents into a chilled martini glass.

2. Ambrosia

Perfect for spritz lovers, the Ambrosia is a sophisticated cocktail that combines Don Ciccio Ambrosia and prosecco. The result is a refreshingly bubbly concoction with a hint of bitterness – perfect for a pre-meal drink.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Don Ciccio Ambrosia

½ ozAverna

1 oz Prosecco

A splash of soda water

Method: Combine all ingredients and stir. Pour into a wine glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice.

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3. Sage Collins

A classic Tom Collins with a twist invented by The Weekend Mixologist, Barlow Gil2more. This 4-ingredient cocktail is perfect for any time of day, so you don’t have to wait for your day to end to enjoy this refreshing drink with a kick.

Ingredients:

2 oz Vodka

¾ lemon juice

½ oz sage-infused honey syrup

2 dashes of celery bitters

Method: Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds then strain into a Collins glass with ice. Top with a spring of fresh sage.

4. Coronarita

Yes, a margarita made from Corona beer. Hopefully, you’re not one of the few people who actually think Corona has something to do with the virus. This classic Mexican cocktail is a perfect thirst quencher on the occasional hot spring days.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz silver tequila

3 oz lime sour mix

¾ oz triple sec

1 12-oz bottle of Corona

Ice cubes

Salt

Method: Mix tequila, triple sec, and sour lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the mixture into a salt-rimmed pint glass. Quickly flip the bottle of corona upside down and place it into the drink.

Who says social distancing prevents you from socializing? With these quarantine-friendly cocktail concoctions, you can bring out your bartender instincts, discover new mixtures, and enjoy a virtual toast with your friends.

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