Quarantine Cocktails

You’re social distancing.  We all are, hopefully!  But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite cocktails, provided you have a well to moderately stocked liquor cabinet.

Drew Smith of Bricks & Barrels is a two-time winner of our people’s Choice Award for Charleston’s Favorite Bartender.  He’s here to help with some simple to more complex drink recipes so that we can enjoy a classed up happy hour from the comfort of our homes.

You can find Drew, and a whole lot of other people, in the Kanawha Valley Tip Jar data base.  We encourage you to scroll through the list, sorted alphabetically by establishment, find your favorite bartenders and servers from your regular haunt and show them a little love while they’re on the sidelines.  You’ll also find barbers, hair stylist, nail techs and more on there.  Let’s take care of the folks who take care of us in normal times!

Without further ado, here’s the first installment of Drew’s Quarantine Cocktails!

The Old Fashioned

  • 3 oz of your favorite whiskey
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Dash of bitters
  • Muddled orange and cherry

Pour muddled ingredients over ice and enjoy

The Gimlet

  • 2 ½ oz vodka or gin (personal preference or availability)
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice – half a lime if it’s juicy, a full lime if it’s on the small side
  • Pinch of sugar

Shake ingredients over ice and serve chilled

Kentucky Derby Drink

The Mint Julep

  • Mint springs (leaves and stems)
  • 2 oz of whiskey
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Crushed ice

Throw the mint springs in a mixing tin. Pour whiskey and simple syrup over the mint. Muddle vigorously! Add ice and shake. Serve chilled.




Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

Mariachi Mule

  • 2 oz of tequila
  • Jalapeno
  • Lime
  • Ginger Beer

Mix tequila, jalapeno and lime. Muddle together. Top with ginger beer. Serve over ice.

The Cactus Jack

  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 1/4 oz of agave syrup
  • Sour mix
  • Soda

Mix all the ingredients, serve chilled.

Keep an eye out for more of Drew’s Quarantine Cocktails down the road!


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