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I present to you...5 Covid Cocktails! Because we need a bit of merriment in our lives right now. You might not be able to have people over so why not send out the list of these drinks, have your friends chose their favorite to make, and have a online cocktail party!
While social distancing is the norm in most parts of the world right now that is no reason that you can't be exploring new tastes and flavors. These cocktails are a twist on some tradition libations.
Interesting fact, cocktails became very popular in the 1920s because they hid the taste of truly awful proabition bootleg liquor.
Your presentation with your 5 covid cocktails makes the difference of them just being any old drink to something special. There are some basic ways to dress up a glass for a cocktail.
When you want an edge of sugar, salt, seasoning or spices you will wet the edge with a slice of lemon or lime. Cutting a slice of lemon or lime, make a small slit in it and pull it along the edge of the glass. Depending how large the slit it will determine the amount of seasoning that will stick to it. You then dip the wet edge in what you want to rim it with and it will stick the the area that was wet.
For heavier garnishes you will be using melted chocolate (white, milk or dark) to rim your any one of your 5 covid cocktails.
Remember that you can make any of these into a mocktail by not adding the liqor or just adding pop or juice!
Of course you have to have a drink based on the most notable cocktail of all, a martini. Hense the Quarentini is born!
Mix together in a cocktail shaker, shake, drain into a prepared martini glass!
Melt a little bit of white chocolate in the microwave in 10 second intervals (careful it can burn easily) until the chocolate was just liquid.
Spread out on a small plate I dipped the rim of the glass in it and then while still wet I dripped the rim in a plate of multi-color sprinkles
Let this dry for a minute or two.
I added a lollipop that I had taped multi-colored curling ribbon to the end and this is used as a stir stick.
While I used a red lollipop you could use a different color for every guest, it would impart a slightly different taste to each cocktail.
If you let the cocktails stand for a while with the lollipop in them, the candy will start to melt and add another color to your drink.
A chocolate based drink is always appreciated and this has the added bonus of having both a chocolate rim and shaved chocolate on top!
Mix together, add ice to prepared glass and pour over the ice.
Melting dark chocolate in the microwave in 10 second intervals until it is liquid.
Dip in a very good quality chocolate sprinkles.
Rimming the cocktails can be done in advance as long as the glasses are kept in a cool area.
Add shaved chocolate to finish the drink!
A "Oh Bloody Hell" is my twist on the classic Canadian Bloody Ceasar, yes, Ceasar NOT Mary. So what is a Bloody Ceasar you ask?It is a divine drink made with Clamato Juiceand once you have had one you will understand why we rave about it in Canada.
Add ice to prepared glass. Mix together ingredients and pour carefully over ice.
Rim the glass with a slice of lemon.
Some call Bloody Ceasars the national drink of Canada, and while I wouldn't go that far I would venture to say once you have one you will be wishing they sell Clamato juice in all your local stores!
Quinine, quinine...sounds familiar? Ah it is the ingredient in Tonic water that was a suspected cure for Covid. While the jury is still out on whether it is helpful or not here is a classic gin and tonic to sip on.
Add a splash of lime juice to the bottom of your glass. Add ice, gin and tonic water and give it a good stir. Top with berry swizzle stick.
A happy refreshing drink!
Hmmm... not to sound a bit sad but we are a bit more alone than we were a few months back. But don't Allsorts make everything better? This is a perfect drink to make into a mocktail, do the garnish with the sugar and allsorts but treat yourself to some lemonaide!
On the bottom of your prepared glass add a splash of cranberry juice. Fill the glass with ice, add lime juice, vodka and lemon lime soda. Add the Allsorts stiring stick! As you stir the drink will become a pretty pink.
Take a slice of lemon and cut a small slice into the edge. Place the cut edge over the rim of your glass and drag it all along the edge.
If you don't have lemons then pour a bit of lemon juice into a saucer and dip the edge of the glass rim into it.
I used colored sugar here, the type that you use to decorate cookies.
These sugars come in a rainbow of colors and you will be able to find everything from black to hot pink.
Have your sugar in a shallow container or saucer and dip the still wet lemon edged glass into it.
Place the rimmed glass on a plate for a moment so you are sure that the sugar will dry on it.
If it is too wet from lemon juice and you place it upright then the sugar will slide down the glass.
Allsorts make this drink happy and cheerful! Quick and simple to make it adds a bit of whimsy to your evening!
Whether you have this as a cocktail or a mocktail I hope that you enjoy your 5 Covid Cocktails!
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