Crafting Cocktails at Home

Updated: May 16, 2020

One of the universal effects of the global pandemic has been the reduction of access to restaurants and bars, with many of them having to move to delivery services or closing down as the entire planet is urged to stay at home.

The hospitality industry has been reduced to a shadow of itself. Restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and bars fulfil some fundamental human needs, often the very least of which is providing food and drink. Social hubs, creative spaces, debate parlours, business deal backdrops, outlets for music or dancing, places for celebrations, commiserations or romantic assignations.

While there’s hope that the new normal (whatever that looks like) will come soon, the current status quo has caused society to temporarily find ways to get together online for virtual happy hours, Facetime birthdays and Zoom weddings.

Social distancing, isolation and quarantines may have removed the easy ability to gather in person and laugh over a bowl of warming goodness, or cheer to the sound of a cork popping or glasses clinking, however that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy good food or delicious drinks.

For too many people a home “cocktail” is made by opening a can or bottle of some additive-laden sugary concoction that professes to contain “spirits” in a neon green liquid straight out of a Stephen King movie. This is beverage equivalent of the TV dinner microwave meal!