28 Mar Ofer Eitan Support: 12 Easy Cocktail Recipes For The Homebound
Friends, New Yorkers, countrymen: Welcome to the new normal.
These are uncertain times for everyone across the globe—and I think it’s safe to say that our collective quarantine realities feel like Twilight Zone episodes right now. All of our lives (and the daily norms that accompanied them) have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gyms, barbershops, nail salons, and clothing retailers are closed. So are movie theaters, bowling alleys, and theme parks. Travel—whether by sea or by air—is basically at a standstill. Restaurants and liquor stores are relegated to takeout and pickup only. And we’re all trying to make the most of it in our own ways—even when we’re having terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
Let me make this very clear: Staying at home and self-isolating ourselves is the best thing we can do to step up and do our part—while frontliners risk their lives to contain COVID-19 and save the infected. But knowing that we’re doing the exact right thing by following the coronavirus playbook doesn’t make things easier.
And we’re all coping as best we can: Perhaps some of you are perusing The Social Distance Project daily. Some have taken to cooking as therapy, studiously checking Bon Appétit’s coronavirus–related guides. Thousands (including Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, vice president Joe Biden, and Jennifer Lopez) are “tuning in” to Club Quarantine—DJ D-Nice’s Instagram Live sets. Live streamed HIIT workouts and yoga sessions are keeping many of us sane and fit. Also: Like other New Yorkers I’ve been going on solo runs, logging in a few miles here and there.
Then there’s the Zoom happy hour, where we connect and stay in touch with our nearest and dearest—because social isolation is massively detrimental to mental health. So here are several easy-to-make cocktail recipes to elevate the precious (virtual) time you have with friends and family. All of these are uncomplicated and include a maximum of five ingredients. And I recommend upping your mixology game by making one—and emerge a better cocktailmaker when all of this is over.
Easy Cocktail Recipes to Make at Home Right Now
“The Garibaldi is a classic and simple mixed drink that we came to love after seeing the way it was served with juice squeezed fresh to order at a place in Sydney called North Bondi Italian Food. The key is squeezing the orange juice immediately before serving. We use a high-speed juicer, that aerates the juice, making it fluffy and textured. It takes seconds to make but is delicate and stunningly light every time—ideal for a refreshing escape and simple enough to whip up at home.” —Linden Pride, co-owner, Dante, New York City
1.5 oz. Campari
Fresh orange juice
Method: Add 2 ice cubes to glass. Add Campari and a little of the orange juice. Stir well to combine. Add 1 more ice cube and fill remainder of glass with orange juice. Garnish with orange wedge resting on rim and a plastic stirrer.
“This cocktail is perfect for quarantine life because it reminds me of home, which for me is Serbia. The cucumbers transport me to springtime meals with my family. For everyone else, it’s perfect for quarantine life because it’s a refreshing and well-rounded cocktail. It has the botanicals from the gin, freshness from the cucumber water, citrus from the lime, and the spice from the jalapeños.” —Miki Nikolic, bar director at Double Dealer, New Orleans
1.5 oz. Gin
1.5 oz. Cucumber water
0.5 oz. Lime juice
0.5 oz. Simple syrup
0.5 oz. Jalapeno simple syrup
*For the cucumber water, peel and juice one cucumber
*For the jalapeño simple syrup, use 5 jalapenos for every 15 oz. of simple syrup
Method: Combine all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
“During a time when many stores are closed, most people want to reach for simple cocktails that don’t sacrifice any flavor. The Hakkatini is perfect for that. It’s made with just four ingredients that are staples in any kitchen and home bar—but it still packs a punch with perfectly balanced sweet, tart, and bitter notes. It’s a great way to spruce up a regular martini when you want to make your weeknight drink a little more special.” —Constantin Alexander, director of beverage, Hakkasan
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Orange liqueur
¼ oz. Italian red bitter liqueur (such as Campari)
¾ oz. Pressed apple juice
Method: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake to mix ingredients and fine strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.
“The Ambrosia cocktail is a sophisticated yet simple cocktail perfect for spritz lovers. Don Ciccio Ambrosia Aperitivo gives the drink a hint of bitterness, while the prosecco lifts the cocktail and gives it a wonderful effervescence—perfectly refreshing in every way!” —Raquel Fowler and Corey Holland, lead bartenders, Via Sophia at the Hamilton Hotel, Washington, D.C
1.5 oz. Don Ciccio Ambrosia Aperitivo
.05 oz. Averna
1 oz. Prosecco
Splash of soda water
Method: Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve in a wine glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice.
THE FRESHEST MARGARITA
“The Freshest Margarita ticks all of the boxes for a great at-home cocktail. It’s easy to put together and most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry. Milagro Silver’s crisp agave-forward flavour, combined with fresh lime and agave nectar (also from the agave plant), make for a bright and tasty cocktail, with which to reward yourself after a long day working from home. It’s also easy to make as a pitcher. If you’re like me and hosting virtual happy hours with your friends, one won’t be enough!” —Jaime Salas, brand ambassador, Milagro Tequila
2 Parts Milagro Silver
¾ Part agave nectar
1 part fresh lime juice
Method: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
MORINI CLASSICO NEGRONI
“The Negroni is a bitter and rich classic cocktail—perfect for taking your time, sipping while the world hibernates in quarantine. The classic ingredients are easy to find: gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and an orange. Pour equal parts (1 oz. per person) of each spirit in a glass over ice, stir, then garnish with an orange twist. You can pace yourself by making one drink at a time. Or batch a whole pitcher and store it in the refrigerator. There’s no expiration on a batch because it’s 100-percent booze—so feel free to make a large batch to hopefully outlast the quarantine.” —Hristo Zisovski, beverage director, Altamarea Group
1.5 oz. London dry gin (Bombay Dry suggested)
1 oz. Sweet wermouth (Cinzano Vermouth 1757 Rosso suggested)
1 oz. Campari
Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir. Strain over a large rock into a double old-fashioned glass. Flame orange disk over cocktail. Pro tip: For the best Negroni, always store your vermouths in the fridge. Remember they are a wine and will…