As the global pandemic strikes us all, it leaves bars with closed doors and quiet registers. Owners, servers and bartenders are forced to find alternative ways to survive. And bars don’t even have the option to adopt the now famous ‘pivot’ move because they cannot do takeout, delivery or curbside pickup. They are simply closed.
So, where does that leave cocktail lovers? #AloneTogether.
The good news is there are several bartenders on social media who are shaking things up and showing you how to do the same from the comfort of your own home. A quick search on Instagram or YouTube will land you in a world of cocktail making demonstrations online. Add to that, you can find several recipes that are sure to challenge your cocktail skills. This is time-consuming fun, as you gather all of the ingredients, shake, stir and serve.
Makemeacocktail.com and cocktailbuilder.com will help you make cocktails with ingredients you have around the house. All you have to do is type in some items you have lying around and then begin building a fabulous cocktail. And, while you’re home, it’s a good time to experiment with herbs and spices and different brands. Challenge yourself to try something new. Who knows, you may find a new favorite drink.
So, let’s explore cocktails and up your mixology game by making one, or two, and coming out of this as a better cocktail maker. Keep in mind, at-home bartending should be fun. Why should any of us have to suffer at home without a good cocktail? First recipe is a Tequila Smash.
- 2 oz tequila (or any spirit of your choice)
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- Sugar (cubes) or simple syrup
- Mint sprig
In a cocktail shaker add your torn mint leaves, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Shake until combined about 20 seconds. Fill each cocktail glass with about 1 cup crushed ice and pour the cocktail mixture over the ice. Garnish with fresh lime or lemon and enjoy!