3 Cocktails For Your Next Virtual Happy Hour
Here are three very simple “quarantinis” with intriguingly subtle personalities.
The Home James
Orange juice masks the taste of gin; grapefruit enhances it. If your search for a fresh orange proves fruitless, add a dash of orange bitters instead of the twist.
In a mixing glass half-filled with large ice cubes, combine 1½ oz local artisanal gin, ½ oz dry white vermouth and 1 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Stir until chilled then strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a large twist of orange zest to bring you the deceptive aroma of orange before the surprise of the cocktail’s flavours.
You could think of this tequila-based take on the Aviation as a way of flying down to Mexico, without leaving the house. It’s also the best use of a maraschino cherry known to man.
In a cocktail mixer half filled with ice, shake 1½ oz white 100%-agave tequila, ½ oz maraschino liqueur and ½ oz fresh lime juice. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a single maraschino cherry, its stalk removed.
The Party of Two
Self-isolating couples can surely find their own reasons for celebratory bubbles – one of the compensations of working from home.
In a Champage flute or wine glass, combine 1 oz Pimm’s and ½ oz Alizé. Top up with chilled brut sparkling wine such as Prosecco. No garnish required.