Stay-at-home cocktail hour: 7 delicious, easy drinks you can make

Here are cocktail recipes you can mix up during your next Zoom happy hour or socially-distanced cookout.

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This fresh pink Paloma will change the way you look at tequila. A festive drink is ideal for brunch, parties and holidays.

This fresh pink Paloma (grapefruit juice-based cocktail) will change the way you look at tequila. The festive drink is ideal for brunch, parties and holidays — and easy to make at home.

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It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, especially in quarantine.

When time has no meaning and you have no patience forsourdough starters, there’s only one thing left to do: Make cocktails!

After stay-at-home orders started two months ago, our first lockdown “splurge” purchase was a Modern Mixologycocktail shaker set ($56 on Amazon, but you can buy others for as low as $20.)Since then, we’ve managed to majorly up our drink game, which primarily consisted of vodka sodas and Dark Horse wine in the Before Times.

Here are seven cocktail recipes you can mix up during your next Zoom happy hour or socially-distanced cookout.

The Hurricane cocktail was born in New Orleans nearly 60 years ago.

The Hurricane cocktail was born in New Orleans nearly 60 years ago.

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Hurricane

Our new favorite cocktailoriginated atPat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans in the 1940s. It’s perfect if you want to recreate that canceled trip to the French Quarter right in your living room, but be careful: The high rum content sneaks up on you. 

  • 2 oz. of dark rum
  • 2 oz. of light rum
  • 2 oz. of passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz. of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. of simple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. of grenadine
  • ½of lime
  • Orange and maraschino cherry for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Pour light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, simple syrup, grenadine and lime juice into cocktail shaker.

3. Squeeze half a lime into shaker and close tightly.

4. Shake well — until outside of cocktail shaker is frosty — and pour into glass with ice.

5. Garnish with cherry and orange slice.

A Manhattan cocktail.

A Manhattan can be served straight-up or on-the-rocks.

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Manhattan

If you still like to imagine you’re in “Mad Men,” thisis a boozy classic that’s easy to make. It can also beserved straight up (without ice) or on the rocks— whichever you prefer.

  • 2 oz. of whiskey (rye, bourbon or Canadian)
  • ¾oz. of sweet vermouth
  • 1 to 2dashes of angostura bitters (about 8-16drops)
  • Cherry and/or orange for garnish

1. Pour ice into cocktail shaker.

2. Pour whiskey, vermouth and bitters into shaker and close tight.

3. Shake cocktail and strain into glass (with or without ice).

4. Garnish with cherry and/or orange slice.

The Paloma is a fruity, tequila-based cocktail.

The Paloma is a fruity, tequila-based cocktail.

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Paloma

If you’re out of margarita mix or Cointreau, the Paloma is a fun, fruity alternative fora Mexican tequila-based cocktail.

  • 2 oz. of tequila
  • 1 oz. of grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. of lime juice
  • 1 oz. of club soda
  • ¾ oz. of simple syrup
  • Lime and/or grapefruit for garnish
  • Salt for rim (optional)

1. If desired, rim a glass with salt. To do this, lightly wet the rim of the glass with water or a lime wedge, before rolling it in a small plate of salt.

2. Fill the glass with ice.

3. Pour in tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and simple syrup.

4. Stir together.

5. Top with club soda and add lime and/or grapefruit for garnish.

A frothy pineapple pina colada.

A frothy pineapple pina colada is a popular blended cocktail.

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Pina Colada

Bring the beach to your backyard with a Pina Colada, which can be blended or poured over ice.

  • 2 oz. of white rum
  • 2 oz. of pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. of canned coconut cream
  • 1 oz. of canned coconut milk
  • Ground cinnamon, angostura bitters, pineapple and cherry for garnish

1. Pour ice into cocktail shaker.

2. Combine light rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple juice in cocktail shaker and close tight.

3. Shake well— until outside of cocktail shaker is frosty — and pour into glass with ice.

4. Lightly sprinkle ground cinnamon on top and add a dash of bitters.

5. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Try a Crimson Jim the next time you’re in the mood for a rum and Coke.

Try a Crimson Jim the next time you’re in the mood for a rum and Coke.

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Crimson Jim

Also known as aLounge LizardorMixy’s,depending on who you ask, this is basically a glorified rum and Coke with a slightlybitter, cherry-flavoredkick. (Trust us, it’s delicious.)

  • 2 oz. of dark rum
  • ¾oz. of amaretto liqueur
  • 4 oz. of Coca-Cola
  • Lemon or lime for garnish.

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Pour in dark rum, amaretto and cola.

3. Stir together and garnish with lime or lemon slice.

John Collins cocktail.

A John Collins cocktail is made with gin.

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John Collins

A simple happy-hour staple that’s light and refreshing. If you prefer vodka, simply sub out the gin to make aVodka Collins.

  • 1½ oz. of gin
  • ½ oz. of simple syrup
  • 1 oz. of lemon juice
  • 2 oz. of club soda
  • 1 dash of angostura bitters (about 8 drops)
  • Lemon and cherry for garnish

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Pour gin, simple syrup and lemon juice into the glass.

3. Stir together.

4. Top with club soda and a dash of bitters.

5. Garnish with cherry and lemon slice.

Long Island Iced Tea is a deceptively strong but always popular summer cocktail.

Long Island Iced Tea is a deceptively strong but always popular summer cocktail.

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Long Island Iced Tea

If you have a stacked liquor cabinet— or a surplusof airplane bottles stashed away— this is a deceptively strong summer cocktail that tastes more like sweet tea.

  • ½ oz. of white rum
  • ½ oz. of vodka
  • ½ oz. of tequila
  • ½ oz. of gin
  • ½ oz. of triple sec
  • ¾ oz. of simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. of lemon juice
  • 1 oz. of Coca-Cola.
  • Lemon for garnish

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Pour vodka, tequila, white rum, gin, triple sec, simple syrup and lemon juice into glass.

3. Stir together.

4. Top with cola and garnish with lemon slice.

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