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3 Quarantini Recipes
to enjoy whilst social distancing
to enjoy whilst social distancing

As the lockdown slowly starts to ease, we still have a long way to go to get to any semblance of normality. Whilst juggling home schooling with chores and working from home, it is understandable why anyone would need a little tipple now and again to unwind. Since bars are still not able to open, there’s no reason why you can’t spice up your social distancing meets with these delicious quarantini recipes.

1. Quarantini with a twist

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We have seen many delightful recipes for the original Quarantini, which is a quarantine take on a honey and lemon martini, using a sachet of vitamin-c around the rim as garnish. As delicious and light hearted as it sounds, we have found a quarantini recipe by makemeacocktail.com that we simply adore.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 30ml Cranberry Juice
  • 45ml Gin
  • 15ml Apple Juice
  • Top up with Champagne
  • Garnish with a thin apple slice

Method:

Mix the Cointreau, cranberry juice, gin and apple juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until the outside of the shaker has become frosted. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass (we love to use a champagne coupe) and top up with champagne as you see fit, adding a thin slice of apple for garnish.

If you are looking for something a little less sweet then you can never go wrong with a classic Negroni (25ml gin, 25ml sweet vermouth, 25ml Campari, ice and a slice of orange for garnish) or a Tom Collins (50ml gin, 25ml fresh lemon juice, 25ml sugar syrup, 125ml chilled soda water in a tall glass with ice and a slice of lemon).

2. Painkiller

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If, unfortunately like many of us, your summer holiday plans have been cancelled due to the pandemic, you can still enjoy a holiday inspired cocktail at home to give you a holiday vibe, especially with a name like Painkiller to soothe your woes.

The Painkiller is a rum cocktail that is trademarked by Pusser’s Rum as it is their signature cocktail; however, you can use any rum you have at home to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Rum
  • 120ml Pineapple Juice
  • 30ml Orange Juice
  • 30ml Cream of Coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Slice of Orange for garnish

Method:

Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut into a shaker. Pour into a large glass of ice then grate some fresh nutmeg on top, adding a slice of orange and/or a cherry as garnish. You can also blend the liquid ingredients with ice to make a frozen variation of this cocktail.

What’s great about this recipe is that it can easily be enjoyed as a virgin cocktail for kids and those who don’t drink by simply removing the rum from the equation. Blending the non-alcoholic ingredients into a smoothie with ice is great on hot summer days for kids when they’re playing outside.

3. Cucumber and Mint Sparkler Cocktail

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This refreshing cocktail from Serena Wolf at domesticate-me.com is one we couldn’t refuse. It just sounds delicious and cooling for sunny summer days. The original recipe is with vodka but we don’t see why you can’t substitute it with gin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 inch of Cucumber, finely chopped
  • Juice of half a Lime
  • 45ml of Vodka or Gin
  • 2 teaspoons of Mint Syrup (recipe below)
  • 90ml of Prosecco or Champagne
  • A couple of slices of Cucumber for garnish
  • Sprig of Mint for garnish

Mint Syrup Ingredients:

  • 100g of Granulated Sugar
  • 4 fl oz of Water
  • 15g of Mint Leaves

Method:

First make the Mint Syrup by bringing the granulated sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat and let it simmer whilst stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove it from the heat and cool completely before using. Put the finely chopped cucumber and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker and give them a stir. Add the vodka or gin, the mint syrup and ice. Shake until it becomes frothy. Strain into a glass with crushed or cubed ice and then top off with Prosecco or Champagne. Use a cucumber slice and sprig of mint for garnish.

Note that the Mint Syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It will come in handy as a sweetener for tea, coffee, or even baking. We recommend freezing it in an ice cube tray to give tea, G&Ts or other cocktails an infused refreshing touch.

If you have any inspiring quarantini recipes or have taken a twist on the ones we have suggested above then let us know on Instagram or Facebook.

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