It’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere!
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and there’s a hint of Spring in the air. Unfortunately, in light of the recent “shelter in place” orders sweeping the nation, the chances of you celebrating the shift in seasons with your friends in-person are very low. In these unprecedented times, we have to do what we must to stay healthy… and SANE!
Creating rituals to mark the days, whether it’s just with those you’re sheltering with or over a video-chat cocktail hour celebration, is essential. If you go with the latter, remember to drink responsibly! These practices can help you maintain a sense of normalcy and offer a welcome feeling of connectedness.
Take comfort in knowing that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere! Try mixing up one of these cocktails to help exercise your creativity and get a little relaxation during this stressful time.
A Decadent Fav: The White Russian
Requiring only three ingredients, a White Russian allows you to have a decadent, dessert-like drink while still maintaining the simplicity you need when pouring cocktails for one or two!
First, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. You’ll need two ounces of Kahlua, two ounces of vodka, and two ounces of heavy cream. Fill a glass with ice, then pour in the Kahlua and vodka. Top with cream and serve before the ice begins to melt!
A Classic Nightcap: The Hot Toddy
Believed by generations past to be medicinal, this cocktail likely requires only things you already have in your pantry.
Start by putting a kettle to boil and selecting a strong tea. Traditionally, a ginger tea is used, but anything you like is best! Pour the tea, add a generous amount of lemon and honey, and top with two ounces of whiskey, rum, or brandy. Mix it up to taste by adding a little more honey, a little more lemon, or letting the tea steep with the ingredients, so the flavors really come through!
A Refreshing Spirit: The Gin Fizz
While this cocktail’s a little more complicated than the first two, it adds a tiny amount of delicate, celebratory sparkle to what otherwise might be a unilaterally somber time. Don’t worry, though; no specialty ingredients are required.
You’ll need two ounces of gin, 3/4 ounce of lemon or lime juice, two ounces of sparkling, club, or soda water, 3/4 ounces of simple syrup (or sugar to taste), and an egg white. After you gather your ingredients, the rest is simple: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, shake, pour over ice in a chilled glass, and serve!
Self-care is more important than ever right now. Make sure you’re staying healthy, but also make sure that you’re allowing yourself a few of life’s pleasures at home. Remember to drink a glass of water between every cocktail or two. Hydration will not only save you from that dreaded hangover the next day, it will also help bolster your immune system. Stay well.