Homebound (as much as possible) has become the new normal. But has your quarantine cocktail game stayed stagnant? Perhaps you’ve heard about the “quarantini” or watched Ina Garten’s cheeky cosmopolitan “for one” video, but these fun and unique quarantine cocktail recipes will break up your everyday routine. Give yourself something to look forward to this happy hour! Or any hour! I’m certainly not judging. I’m drinking wine as I write this. Cheers!

Rosy Gin-Kombucha Cocktail

Why not get those probiotics in while you can? Kombucha cocktails are totally gaining traction, especially during quarantine. This Rosy Gin-Kombucha Cocktail from Bon Appetit looks super delicious and reviews are off the charts. I love Campari but feel like I completely neglect it or don’t even know what to do with it, so I’m excited to experience it in this new way.

BTW, if you don’t have Campari or this doesn’t appeal to you, you could try this super easy “Moscow Mule” subbing kombucha for ginger beer. Or try any of Bon Appetit’s 3 cocktails that prove kombucha and booze are made for each other.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 5 ounces original kombucha, chilled
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

Method

  • Stir gin, Campari, lemon juice, and ginger in a pint glass or measuring cup. Stir in kombucha. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into an ice-filled Collins glass.
  • Garnish with lemon wedges.

Spicy Margarita

That’s right – spice up a classic! I love a classic margarita with fresh lime juice, but I gotta say – I have a soft spot for the spicy ones. I’m excited to try this recipe from Cointreau that adds a dash of cilantro, too.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 slices jalapeño 
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake until well-chilled
  • Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass
  • Garnish with a jalapeño pepper

The Refreshing “Untimely”

Talk about a fitting name in a piece about quarantine cocktail recipes! Did I do it on purpose? Maybe. But seriously, this is a refreshing combination of gin, cucumber, lime, and a kick of jalapeño from Miki Nikolic, bar director at Double Dealer, New Orleans, that will be my ultimate go-to cocktail once as the weather starts getting warmer and I’m looking for something light and crisp.

Ingredients

  • 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 glass.

A Simpler Piña Colada

Lately I’ve had the biggest case of wanderlust – scouring travel blogs, scrolling longingly through destination tags on Instagram, even looking at flight booking sites “just to see” for whenever this all goes back to normal. So I couldn’t help it…here’s a piña colada recipe. Because what says “getaway” more than tropical frozen blended drink? The best part: this one is only 3 ingredients! Much simpler and a little less added syrupy sugar than more classic recipes so you can feel good about drinking it 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (about 3 cups) frozen pineapple chunks
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) white rum
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • optional garnishes: fresh pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, cute paper umbrellas

Method

  • Combine all ingredients together in a blender, and puree until smooth.  If the mixture is too thick, feel free to add in extra water or coconut milk to help it blend.
  • Serve immediately, topped with your desired garnishes.

Espresso Martini

An espresso martini always feels to me like a decadent treat or completely off limits, and certainly only reserved for a hip speakeasy or old-school Italian restaurant (at least in my mind). But we’re all at home, so why NOT have an espresso martini in a matching sweatsuit at 4 in the afternoon? Do you, baby, do you. Try this sophisticated quarantine cocktail recipe from Town & Country.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1 oz espresso
  • .75 oz premium coffee liqueur
  • 1 pinch salt

Method

  • Add all ingredients together into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with salted dark chocolate powder.

As Ina would say: “How easy was that!” We hope you enjoy these easy at-home quarantine cocktail recipes and give them a try! It’s important to take some time for yourself and relish the little things at a time like this. Cheers!

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