We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been bothering many countries across the globe, and most of them are under lockdown. So while we are in self-isolation or quarantine to take preventive measures against the virus, why not spend some quality time with our partner doing the things that we love without having to step outside. If you miss hitting the club with your partner and ordering a bottle of Dalmore, you can always make up for it at home. Here is the list of nine excellent cocktails you can enjoy with your partner that are easy to make in this isolation.
1. Democrat Cocktail
The first cocktail mentioned in this list is one of the refreshing cocktails you can easily make at your home and savor it with your partner watching the sunset from your balcony. If you both enjoy drinking bourbon, then this might become your go-to drink while you hit the bar after the lockdown. Grab a cocktail shaker and throw in crushed ice, bourbon (2 oz), freshly squeezed lemon juice (¾ oz), honey syrup (½ oz), peach liqueur (½ oz) and stir (not shake) thoroughly. Strain the drink into a classy glass and use a lemon slice to garnish.
2. Death Flip Cocktail
Here is a cocktail that surely will change your perception of drinking certain spirits. Created by a bartender in Australia, this drink has gained its popularity among the local Australians both because of its name and the various ingredients that perfectly combine and offer an astonishing taste. Add Blanco tequila (1 oz), Yellow Chartreuse (½ oz), Jägermeister (½ oz), a dash of simple syrup, a whole egg, nutmeg accompanied by some ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Once done, strain into a Delmonico glass, and you can use freshly grated nutmeg for garnishing.
3. Del Rio Cocktail
Del Rio is one of those drinks that perfectly combines and offers diverse tastes and flavors from its ingredients. For instance, the strong flavor of the tequila and the bitter taste of the Angostura bitters hits you differently when you sip it. Del Rio is also one of the simplest cocktails to make at home. Throw in some ice cubes into the cocktail shaker and add Tequila (1 ½ oz), St. German Elderflower Liqueur (¾ oz), three dashes of Angostura Bitters (Orange), Manzanilla Sherry (¾ oz) and stir well. Once done, serve in a coupe glass.
4. Sidecar Cocktail
Here is a cocktail named after a motorcycle attachment with French ingredients that make it a classy and one of its kind. The drink is almost boozy with a perfectly dry finish when you sip it. A pro tip to making this cocktail is twisting the coupe glass on a plate of sugar in a way that it attaches well to the rim. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes, 2 oz of Cognac, ¾ oz of Cointreau (orange liqueur), and ¾ oz of lemon juice and shake well. Once chilled, strain into the coupe glass and use orange-peel for garnishing.
5. Stir Crazy Cocktail
Here is a cocktail that packs strong characteristics of Blanco and adds a dry flavor from the vermouth. You can make chamomile syrup at home and add it along with the other ingredients to get a more refined taste and flavor. Grab a mixing glass and add some ice cubes, 1 oz of Blanco, 0.5 oz of Bombay Dry Gin, 1 oz of dry vermouth, and finally 0.25 oz of chamomile syrup and stir well. Once chill, strain the drink into a coupe glass, eliminating the ice cubes and use lemon peel for garnishing.
6. Division Bell Cocktail
Division Bell is one of the mezcal treats that supremely pack the essence of citrus, the sweet and bitter tastes of the tart. It is both refreshing and boozy at the same time and one of the simplest cocktails to make at home. First created by a bartender in New York, the Division Bell is an exemplary drink for the night. Add 1 oz of any mezcal, 0.5 oz of Maraschino liqueur, 0.75 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 0.75 oz of Aperol into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake well. Once done, strain into a coupe glass and serve.
7. Highlander Cocktail
If you are craving a rusty drink with a well balanced sweet and bitter taste, then highlander is something you should try. Throw some ice cubes in a mixing glass, add 2 oz of Scotch, on or two dashes of Angostura bitters and ½ oz of Bénédictine and stir well (not shake). Strain the drink into a coupe glass and savor the refreshing cocktail.
8. Bourbon Renewal Cocktail
Bourbon Renewal is one of the classic cocktails because it is a perfect whiskey sour with a blend of sweet tastes derived from the simple syrup and cassis, the key ingredients that go in making it along with bourbon. Add 2 oz of bourbon, ½ oz of cassis, 1 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice, and ½ of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker along with ice. Serve the drink with some more ice cubes in old fashioned glass and savor the classic Bourbon Renewal with your partner.
9. Expat Cocktail
Here is another cocktail with a strong base of bourbon accompanied by Angostura Bitters offering sour and strong minty flavorings. The lemon juice and sweet syrup combine the sweet and tangy tastes making the cocktail refreshing. You need to add 2 oz of bourbon, ¾ oz of simple syrup, 1 oz of lemon juice, and two dashes of Angostura bitters and shake them well with ice cubes in a metal cocktail shaker. Strain and serve in a coupe glass and use fresh mint leaves for garnishing the drink.
So those were the nine outstanding cocktails that you can enjoy with your partner during isolation. All the cocktails are easy to make, and most of the ingredients used are easily accessible.