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Home Bar Tips: 4 drinks you can make during quarantine

One of the many reasons I love my wife is that she let me turn our basement into a bar. It's complete with NEW tacky wood paneling, an old beat up pool table and an assortment of mid-to-bottom shelf booze. I'm not a big drinker, but I love having a good time with friends and family and in the process - serving a few cocktails. Now is not the time to have a party so, I'm sharing a drink with YOU.

First up, the Tequila Sunrise, a delightful day drinking option.

  1. Get a glass
  2. Put some ice in it
  3. Add some tequila (A real bartender would tell you exactly how much to put in, but I’m not a real bartender, I’m just a guy. And it’s your house, so you make the rules)
  4. Poor in the orange juice, then the grenadine. If you don’t have it, a little bit of that red juice from those unnaturally red cherries will do just fine.
  5. Done! A Tequila Sunrise in all of its two-toned glory

Next, one of the most famous cocktails in the whole world: The Old Fashioned.

  1. Start with a spoonful of sugar in a rocks glass
  2. Saturate it with some bitters, just regular stuff right out of the bottle.
  3. Add regular water, and then you’re going to muddle it withwhatever you can find around the house because after all, this is about not going out.
  4. Add ice
  5. Pour in the whisky
  6. Garnish with an orange peel and some of those cheapo red cherries

Next, this lime and gin dazzler - the Gimlet.

  1. You’ll need sweetened lime juice, which you can get from a bottle or make it yourself with sugar, fresh lime and just a little bit of water
  2. Give it a good swish.
  3. Add ice, combine with a few ounces of your favorite gin
  4. And then shake it!
  5. Strain, and garnish with a lime slice.

And for a classy nightcap, it’s hard to beat a Martini.

  1. Start by pouring a little bit of vermouth over ice in your shaker.
  2. Then take your strainer, and pour it out. In my opinion, you only need the vermouth that sticks to the ice
  3. Add a few ounces of gin or vodka if you prefer
  4. Shake it!
  5. I like to garnish mine with a garlic-stuffed olive.

From my home bar to yours, cheers.

If you'd like to see how I make these drinks, please watch the video at the top of this page. I don't claim to be a great mixologist but I hope I can inspire you to be creative and hopefully have fun making a few drinks to enjoy responsibly at home. And if you have some time on your hands, please shoot a video of yourself making your favorite cocktail and share it on our Facebook or Instagram page.