My husband and I discovered two things about us during this quarantine – 1) We love to make easy cocktail recipes (in the past he would make fun of my choices, but now he’s been gravitating towards them, and I’m even enjoying his favorites). 2) He has a hidden talent (now discovered thanks to the lockdown) as a mixologist.
One of the many things we’ve been doing and enjoying together during this worldwide lockdown is making different kinds of easy cocktail recipes. Doing things together with my husband has helped my mental health tremendously during this lockdown. Some of the things we now find ourselves doing together are things we never had time to do before the lockdown due to the nature of our work and schedules. For example, we are cooking together almost everyday, in the past, that only happened on weekends. Two things I have learned this period are to focus on what I have instead of what I lack and to find joy in doing the simplest things with my husband.
To make some of our favorite easy cocktail recipes, we usually search online while dinner or brunch is cooking to find out what drink will go well with what we are cooking. I’m the best cook in the house and he’s the best mixer. So, I cook dinner and he makes the cocktails that go with dinner. The cocktails usually have specific ingredients but he likes swapping them to get different versions of the drink. For example, cosmo calls for vodka but sometimes he makes it with gin and the drink still tastes good if not better.
Below are top 5 easy cocktail recipes we have made so far since being in quarantine.
Cosmo is usually known as a girly drink because of the pinkish color and sweetness. But it can be strong depending on the ingredients and quantity of alcohol you use. My husband likes it strong while I like mine sweet. The ingredients are vodka, fresh lime juice, Cointreau, and cranberry juice. Sometimes he uses pink lemonade instead of cranberry juice. To make, add vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice, and ice in a cocktail mixer and shake. Serve straight without ice and garnish with a lemon wedge if you like.
Strawberry Moscow Mule
I found out about this cocktail by being at the right place at the right time. I was at the Cecil Steakhouse back in January for a happy hour with some of my favorite ladies and we were lucky to be there during when reps for Tito’s Vodka were serving free cocktails for promotion. I loved the drink so much I had to approach one of the reps to share the recipe with me and she was kind enough to oblige. The ingredients are vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and fresh strawberries. To make, muddle the strawberries in a cocktail mixer, add vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer and shake. Serve with ice. I’m the only one who loves this drink so I love making it myself. I’ve used frozen strawberries instead of fresh and also used other types of berries. I’ve also used gin instead of vodka, and lemonade instead of lime juice.
The main alcohol is gin and the other ingredient is lime juice. I prefer mine with lemonade because I like my cocktails sweet. My husband has made this with vodka as well. His different recreations are vodka and lemonade, gin and lemonade, and vodka and lime. To make, pour gin and lime juice in a cocktail mixer and shake. Serve on the rocks or straight.
Lemon Drop Martini
This is a sweeter twist to the classic martini. I like this while he likes the classic martini. The main alcohol is vodka, but like other cocktails, he’s also used gin. To make, add vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail mixer and shake. This recipe also calls for lemon sugar (a mixture of granulated sugar with lemon zest) for the glass rim, but that’s an optional step that he sometimes doesn’t care to do.
Negroni was making serious waves this lockdown thanks to actor, Stanley Tucci. Ingredients are gin, campari, and sweet red vermouth. To make, pour gin, campari, and sweet red vermouth in a cocktail mixer and shake. Serve on the rocks and garnish with orange peel twist. He makes this whenever I cook our favorite pasta, strozzapreti. Yup, we feel like we are in Italy all over again, and we say a silent prayer for Italy as they and many other countries are battling the coronavirus.