June 16, 2020

Bar Quality Drinks to Make at Home During COVID-19

As businesses are just beginning to open, many of us are still spending much of our time at home. While you wait for your favorite bar or restaurant to open to its former glory, here are some excellent beverages to master and enjoy at home to kick off summer. 

Refreshing Highballs

The minimum for a highball is an ice-filled highball or Collins glass, a shot of a basespirit and juice, soda, or other type ofmixer

  • Vodka Highball
  • Try thevodka cranberry (just 2-ounces vodka and cranberry juice), Screwdriver made with 2-ounces vodka and orange juice, or combine the cranberry and orange juice for a Madra!

  • Gin Highball
  • Two ounces ofgin with 4-5 ounces of tonic water makes a gin and tonic. Other gin highball recipes include the Gin Buck (gin and ginger ale), Gin Fizz (gin with lemon or lime, sugar and soda), and the Gin Mule (gin, ginger beer, lime and mint). 

  • Tequila Highball
  • Go with the Tequila Sunrise for a classic – made withtequila, orange juice and grenadine. A less sweet alternative is the Paloma made with lime juice and grapefruit soda. 

    Muddled Stick Drinks

    If you have a muddler at home, you can make a stick drink. Among the tastiest and most popular are:

    1. Mojito – Made with  rum, sugar, lime, club soda and fresh mint
    2. Mint JulepBourbon, simple syrup and mint
    3. Old FashionedWhiskey, sugar, a splash ofbitters and an orange slice


    Shots are best enjoyed with friends (and when you’re already at home!) 

  • Tequila Shots 
  • Keep it simple with  tequila straight up with salt and a lime wedge or make it fancy with the two-part sangrita tequila shot. Fill one shot glass with straight tequila. Your chaser consists of 1 ounce of orange juice, ¾ ounce of lime juice, ½ ounce of grenadine, and 2-3 dashes of hot sauce. Shake well and strain into a shot glass. Bottoms up!

  • Vodka Shots
  • The lemon drop is exceptionally easy to make, with just 1 ½ ounces of chilledvodka in a shot glass with a sugar-covered lemon wedge as your chaser. To make a Kamikaze, add 1 ½ ounces vodka, ½ ounce orange liqueur, and a dash of lime juice to a shaker and mix well. Strain and enjoy!

    Tropical Favorites

    It’s essential for every home bartender to know how to make a daiquiri and margarita from scratch. Both are refreshing and perfect for a steamy summer’s day. 

    1. Daiquiri-- Mixrum, lime juice, and simple syrup together and voila!

    1. Margarita – Stir or blendtequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

    Which of these recipes will you try this weekend? We’d love to know in the comments!




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