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Quarantine Cocktails

Easy & delicious recipes to make while you're at home.

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When faced with a scary and life-changing event, people have different coping mechanisms. Some clear out every grocery store of their toilet paper supply. Others stock up on 20-pound bags of beans. I, on the other hand, like to fix up a cocktail.

This past week has obviously had its ups and downs. The state of Louisiana's COVID 19 cases are climbing. Many of us aren't used to working from home or staying indoors all the time. The future is unknown. The kids are home from school. That's enough stress to drive a person to drink. Here are some easy & delicious cocktail recipes to try during your quarantine:

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Requiring only three ingredients, the classic Negroni is the simplest option. This crisp and vibrant cocktail is great to have as the weather is warming up. It's perfect for a backyard chill session or as an evening delight.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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Pineapple Chili Margarita

If you managed to grab a pineapple from your manic grocery trip over the weekend, it'd be a good time to use it for this cocktail. This refreshing drink is made with an unexpected splash of color and a seasonal flavor to satisfy any thirst.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in the tequila, orange liqueur, lime and pineapple juices, and hot sauce.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into the ice-filled glass.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
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Simple Sangria

If you're big on wine, consider sangria! This option is so easy; it's essentially dumping some ingredients into a giant pitcher, and calling it a day.


  • 1 bottle of red or white wine
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1½ cups of orange juice
  • 1 can of club soda or seltzer
  • Whatever fruit you have, chopped

Steps to Make it

  1. In a 3 to 4-quart pitcher, combine wine, vodka, and orange juice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Toss in chopped fruit. 
  4. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  5. To serve, pour club soda into pitcher. 
  6. Fill individual glasses with ice, and pour sangria.
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When life gives you a quarantine, make a quarantini. This increasingly important speciality cocktail can easily be made with just a few ingredients. It's a drink you can make with whatever you have in your cabinets. — Perfect to sip with whoever you're cooped up with, or even perhaps, a neighbor in need.


  • 2 oz vodka or gin
  • ¾ oz lemon or lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Packet of Emergency (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, vodka or gin, citrus juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini

Since Chocolate Caramel Day (March 19) just passed, I thought I'd throw this treat in the mix.

This recipe pairs caramel vodka with rich chocolate liqueur and creamy half & half. It’s a delicious combination of flavors; sort of like a milkshake but with a nice hit of vodka. This treat is so divine that you won’t even realize you’re drinking alcohol at all.



For the Cocktail:

For the Garnish
  • 1 chocolate bar

Steps to Make It

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, chocolate liqueur, caramel vodka, and half & half.
  2. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain into chilled glass.
  4. To garnish, use a vegetable peeler and peel the chocolate bar across the long edge. Top with the resulting chocolate curls. 

Key tip: If you don't have a cocktail shaker, just grab two pint glasses and join their rims.

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