Amidst the pandemic that is haunting the entire world, several countries are experiencing lockdowns. People are quarantined and are maintaining social distance to prevent themselves from getting affected by the deadly COVID-19. There is no option of watching a movie at the nearby theatre or catching up with the buddies for a few drinks even though we have so much time these days. However, most people are getting creative with ideas such as virtual dating and dining with loved ones and buddies to stay connected in such tough times. Many people are suggesting to utilize this phase as an opportunity to spark creativity and develop new skills or to rekindle an old hobby that was not possible earlier due to your busy schedule such as cooking, gardening, or learning the piano. And if bartending is one of those hobbies or if you want to try making some cocktails for yourself or your loved one, then here are eight classic cocktails you can make at home during the quarantine.
Talk about cocktails, and Martini is the first thing that pops our mind. We have added Martini into the list because the ingredients are easily accessible and present in all households and they are straightforward to make. Apart from being one of the simplest cocktails to make, Martini is both classic and elegant with the perfect combination of gin and dry vermouth with a refreshing essence of citrus.
Grab a cocktail shaker, add some ice cubes, 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of dry vermouth, and stir well for at least ten seconds. Once done, strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and use a lemon peel for garnishing.
Here is another classic cocktail followed by Martini that is extremely easy to make. Initially invented during the Spanish- American war by an American, this cocktail has only increased its popularity among the masses by the early 1990s. It is an excellent combination of sweet and sour.
Throw in some ice cubes, 2 oz of white rum, 1 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice and ¾ oz of simple syrup into any mixing glass and shake the ingredients well. Once done, strain it into a fancy coupe glass.
- Strawberry Ginger Margarita
If you have to make a cocktail with only three simple ingredients that are easily accessible in most of the households, then that would surely be a ginger margarita. Tequila, agave, and lime blended together offer a refreshing feel, and to top it off, tequila also acts as a stimulant that might help you with the extra boost you need to accomplish any unfinished tasks at home.
Add 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 strawberries, and 3/4 oz of agave in a cocktail shaker along with 5 oz of juiced ginger to make it healthy.
Here is an upgraded version of a regular martini that is perfect for a virtual date night or while you are binge-watching the finale episode of your favorite show on Netflix. Hakkatini is a properly balanced combination of sweet and bitter ingredients that go into its making.
To make a refreshing Hakkatini, you need to add Vodka (1 oz), Campari (¼ oz), Orange liqueur (1 oz), and cold-pressed apple juice (¾ oz) along with some ice cubes into the shaker and mix the ingredients well and then strain into a martini glass. The classic cocktail gets even better if you switch to crystal head vodka instead of the regular one.
Here is a dark cocktail that perfectly packs the bitter and sweet tastes from its dark base. One of the good things about negroni is that you can make and store it in large batches.
The ingredients required to make a Negroni are sweet vermouth (1 oz), London dry gin (1.5 oz), and Campari (1 oz) and orange for garnishing. Add all the above-mentioned ingredients into a mixing glass accompanied by some ice cubes and stir well for about 30 seconds and then strain it into a glass and garnish with an orange.
If you are craving a refreshing cocktail in the quarantine, then ‘Ultimately’ is hands down the best choice. This refreshing cocktail is one of the classic combinations of lime, cucumber water, and jalapenos that have diverse tastes but when mixed correctly in proper ratios offer a wholesome, refreshing taste and experience.
Add some ice cubes, 1.5 oz of gin, 1.5 oz of cucumber water, 0.5 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of jalapeno simple syrup and 0.5 oz of simple syrup in a metal shaker and shake the ingredients well. Once done, strain the mixture into a nice coupe glass and savor this refreshing cocktail.
Here is a famous cocktail for all the whiskey enthusiasts that are easy to make. Manhattan offers the right flavors and classic taste and is more likely to please someone starting to try American Whiskey initially. While the ingredients of a traditional Manhattan include bitters, sweet vermouth, and whiskey, bourbon and rye have also become a substitute to whiskey in recent times.
Grab a mixer and add some cracked ice, 2 oz of rye whiskey, 2 bits of Angostura bitters, and 2 oz of sweet vermouth and stir the ingredients well. Strain into a coupe glass and serve.
- Dark ‘n’ Stormy
It would be unfair if a dark cocktail with beer and rum ingredients does not make it to the list of classic cocktails that are easy to make at home. So here is Dark ‘n’ Stormy for you, a perfect blend of dark rum, lime, and ginger beer.
Add some ice cubes, one part of dark rum followed by two parts of ginger beer into a glass and squeeze some fresh lime and that’s it, you can relish a classic cocktail that is dark yet refreshing.
That sums up the list of eight classic cocktails you can make at home during the quarantine. Go ahead and revisit your bartending skills. Stay home and stay safe!