Happy Hour at Home


Locked in, feeling anxious and ready to explode? Well, join the club where most of us are doing the right thing, but are still ready to be social. We have a few ideas for you to stay in touch with buddies, enjoy cocktails and not feel so isolated during these trying times.

Since bars are closed, we found a way to raise a glass virtually. Last Monday I had the idea to pick up a video conferencing app to connect with friends. We used the Zoom app, but any platform will do. Consider going live on Facebook or Instagram too.

In our group of four, we each came prepared with our favorite cocktail. We laughed, cried and talked about the current state of affairs. At the end of the Facetime communication, we decided we would have virtual happy hour every Monday night. Seeing friendly faces helps from watching nonstop news. There is even a new cocktail that’s becoming popular, it’s called the “Quarantini.” The recipe is different depending on where you look, but one thing is for sure, it is best served in front of your mobile device camera and enjoyed with the faces of your favorite people. Now, this is what i call social distancing with a twist.

While video chatting with multiple people: consider a consistent happy hour time. Each guest can send their favorite cocktail recipe in advance and everyone can then hop on the call with that drink. See who made it best. Remember to keep the “happy” in happy hour by talking about uplifting topics. The person who mentions the virus first, has to take a shot.

This idea became so popular with our friends that soon others wanted to join. This a simple way for us to shoot the breeze from a safe distance. The pandemic is forcing us to connect creatively. Technology and Tequila makes for a fun and festive chat.

When life throws us lemons, we make cocktails and create virtual happy hours. This way, you don’t have to be alone while enjoying a much needed drink. In the past weeks, virtual happy hours have become more common, showing how we can all adapt to our new reality. After all, human interaction is something we all crave, now we know we’re not alone.

Remember, there are plenty of cocktail recipes to play with and share with your group. This is fun and serves as the ultimate distraction, if even only for an hour.

I’ll see my friends, virtually, next Monday with wine in hand. I hope you will too.



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