Spending more time at home? Good! With bars across the country shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no better time to put your own mixology skills to the test. From the comfort of your own kitchen, there are plenty of fun sips that pack the punch and can be made using everyday ingredients such as orange juice, coffee or jam.
So gear up those jiggers and shine off those shakers, and recreate these cocktails from some of the bars in the U.S. that we really miss right now.
The Fruit Loops Punch at The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT
Living off cereal during lockdown? You are not alone. So follow your nose to your pantry and recreate The Fruit Loops Punch, a popular cocktail found at The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Vermont. Although typically served in the hotel’s Falcon Bar, we think this fun libation was meant to be enjoyed in sweatpants.
1.5 oz Makers Mark
0.5 oz Dark Rum
0.25 oz Rich Simple Syrup
3 Drops Vanilla Extract
Fruit Loop Cereal
1.5 oz Fruit Loops Cereal Milk
To make Cereal Milk, crush 1 oz fruit loops, add to 15 oz of milk, sit for 15 minutes and strain through mesh strainer. Then, shake all ingredients together for 30 seconds, double strain into martini glass and garnish with fruit loops.
Apple Press from Minibar Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
When you have an overstock of apple cider vinegar in your pantry, make yourself an Apple Press. The cocktail, created by Minibar Hollywood’s GM/ Head Bartender Jeremy Allen, is a comforting combination of fresh apples, vinegar and cinnamon.
1 oz. Fresh Apple Juice
0.5 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 oz. Laird’s Apple Brandy
1 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
2 dashes Fee Walnut Bitters (can be omitted for simplicity)
Shake with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a floating apple slice then dust with cinnamon and star anise.
Bramble Smash from Wild Common, Charleston, SC
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches seem to be a standard go-to while the Safer At Home order is in place. Wild Common in Charleston has a cocktail recipe that will
“The Wild Common Bramble Smash is a tasty, easy to do at a home cocktail that is very versatile, too,” says Beverage Manager. Simon Stilwell. “A smash traditionally is fruit ‘smashed’ with sugar, citrus, and alcohol. To make it easier and give it a more consistent flavor, we swap out the fruit and sugar for jam or preserves (we make ours in-house but using store-bought jams and preserves is the way to go for home). The pectin in the jam also adds a really nice texture to the drinks making them smooth and easy to drink.”
1 oz Lemon or Lime Juice
1.5 oz Vodka
1 oz Jam or Preserves
Splash Club Soda
Herb (mint, thyme or basil work best)
Mix jam, citrus and spirit together in a shaker. Shake, then pour over ice in a glass and top with soda. Garnish with herb.
Mel’s Mango Margarita from Pier House Resort & Spa, Key West, FL
Did coronavirus come between you and your vacation? Time to turn your isolation into a staycation. Mel’s Mango Margarita, served at Pier House Resort & Spa, will surely bring the sunshine straight to your kitchen.
1 oz. Milagro Silver Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Mango Puree to taste
1 oz. Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
Fresh Lime Slice
Salt for Rim
Salt the rim of your preferred margarita glass, by running a lime around the rim and then dipping into margarita salt and garnish with a lime slice. Add ice to the glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add remaining ingredients and shake. Pour into the prepared glass.
The Spaghetti Western from Giulia, Minneapolis, MN
Nestled inside the Hotel Emry, Giulia is downtown Minneapolis’ own slice of Northern Italy. The bar program is famous for drawing from Italian producers of craft spirits to ensure a true Italian experience, even at home. “Giulia’s signature cocktail, the Spaghetti Western is the perfect cocktail for anyone looking to shake things up from the traditional Negroni,” says Brad Row, Assistant Director of F&B. “By swapping Campari and Gin for Mezcal and Aperol, the deep bitter notes of a Negroni are replaced with a slightly sweet and smoky flavor.” Now that’s amore.
1 oz Banhez Mezcal
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with expressed orange peel inside the glass.
1912 Cocktail at the Adolphus, Dallas, TX
Mixing your own cocktail is nothing new at The Adolphus in Dallas. When guests order the 1912 cocktail from the icon hotel’s bar, it is served deconstructed for each guest to make themselves. This being said, we know you can ace this one at home.
2 oz Whistle Pig
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
Combine Whistle Pig, bitters and simple syrup into glass of choice and stir to combine. Express orange peel and drop into glass.
Burning Rose Old Fashioned at Hotel Viking, Newport, RI
Serving Newport for over 90 years, Hotel Viking is a historic yet chic destination. Until you have the chance to visit yourself, bring some New England charm into your kitchen with their Burning Roses Old Fashioned, typically served at the hotel’s rooftop bar and in-house restaurant.
2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
0.5 oz Local Maple Syrup
2 Dashes Of Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel and an Amarena cherry – if somehow you have a cocktail smoker, go ahead and smoking in a cocktail smoking box.
Huckleberry Fizz from Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT
Set in the heart of the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies, Triple Creek Ranch is a sprawling compound that would be our social distancing dream spot. Instead, giddy up and drink like a cowboy at home with the Huckleberry Fizz, usually served at the all-inclusive ranch’s rooftop lounge.
1 Egg White
1 Bar Spoon Huckleberries
1.5 oz Gin
0.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Club Syrup
Add club soda to a small rocks glass and set aside. Add remaining ingredients into a shaker and dry shake. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously to create a foam top with the egg white. Double strain over the club soda in the rocks glass.
Working From Home from Angel’s Share, New York City
On a scale of 1 to 10, how productive are you Working From Home? If your score needs a boost, follow this recipe from mixologist and Don Papa Rum Brand Ambassador Ben Rojo.
2 oz Don Papa Rum
2 oz Leftover Coffee
0.5 oz Maple Syrup
Pinch Of Cinnamon Powder
Pinch Of Cocoa Powder
Combine all ingredients in your mug of choice. To enjoy cold, add a few cubes of ice and stir.
Otherwise, nuke for a minute or so, then add a splash of coconut milk. Congratulations, you’re officially being productive!
Ocean Blue at One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach, FL
Got the indoor blues? Drink them away with the tropical-inspired Ocean Bleu cocktail from One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach. Bikini optional.
1 oz. Coconut Infused Manifest Vodka
0.5 oz. Combier Le Bleu
0.5 oz. Velvet Falernum
1 oz. Pineapple
1 oz. Coconut Water
Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice, shake and serve in a chilled martini glass.
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