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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Drinks To Take You Away

While no ones traveling right now and we're all stuck in our homes dreaming about far off places, that doesn't mean we can't do things that remind us of travel or give us a little taste of being in a new destination. If you love a good drink and you're one of the many people working on their home bartending skills, here are some lovely drinks you can make to whisk you away.

You might also find a new favorite for all those Zoom happy hours you're doing right now to catch up with friends and feel a little less sad about not getting to go out to your favorite local bar/pub.

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Amalfi Coast: Aperol Spritz

Tired of only looking forward to making dinner after working from home? Well, now you can celebrate like the Italians do with this fruity spritz. Go all out and have it with a selection of small plates by rooting around in your freezer for whatever appetizers you have on hand. Good Housekeeping has a recipe for you that also comes with a video so you get it right.

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Brazil: Caipirinha

Get more exotic than your normal rum cocktail with Brazil's National Cocktail that invokes the spirit of Carnival. While you can't visit this lovely country with its vibrant people, you can hit up your local liquor store for ingredients, come home and drink it while watching videos of past Carnivals...or Rio the animated movie if you have kids. Learn more about this cocktail, including how to make it, on Esquire.

Cuba/Miami: Mojito

Whether you're getting hyped for your online dance class or putting together a new, creative date night, the mojito can really elevate your evening. Feel like you're going to the beach or start planning that trip to Cuba while sipping on one of these light bevs. Gimme Some Oven even gives you a video to help you along.

Hawaii: Mai Tai

Sometimes you just need a tropical drink. Pretend you're in paradise with this sweet, sweet drink. Combine it with take out from your favorite Hawaiian restaurant, or just make some pineapple chicken packets on the grill with rice and put on your hula skirt. Eater knows how to make your drink perfect.

Kentucky: Mint Julep

With everything getting cancelled right now, you might be feeling a little sad for your most-looked-forward to events like the Kentucky Derby. I don't watch it, but I love the fashion, including those a-MAZE-ing hats. Well, you can always get dolled up and sip on a refreshing mint julep and set your sights on September when the Derby is supposed to be rescheduled. Cookie and Kate show you how to make one with things you already have on hand.

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London: Pimm's Cup

Whether you're having a backyard picnic or having a British feast, then Pimm's is where it's at. With a nice variety of fruits and herbs, you'll feel like you're drinking a healthy beverage. Check out the easy recipe on Bon Appétit

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New Orleans: Sazerac

While in Nola for the Travel Goods Show this year, I had the opportunity to visit The Sazarac House and learn how it originated in the city and also how to make one. I love rye and I now know I am a fan of bitters in small quantities (which is how you should use them anyway). Why not go to the pros? Hit up Sazerac House for the recipe.

New York: Manhattan

I love a great whiskey cocktail, and this one with rye and vermouth, is a delicious way to feel sophisticated and also make that bottle of whiskey in your cabinet into something more upscale. Make it with just a few ingredients. I like this recipe from Fox and Briar

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Mexico: Spicy Margarita

On your next Taco Tuesday, get really into your theme with an authentic dish and a lovely spicy drink to accompany the spicy sweet of your pico or salsa. This will also go wonderfully with your homemade happy hour nachos. Find the recipe at Liquor.com.

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Paris: 75

For a fresh and light cocktail, put on a playlist of your favorite jazzy French music and sip on a lemony 75. This is another one that can be perfect for brunch as well as happy hour. Find the easy recipe on Epicurious.

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Scotland: Robert Burns

Drinks not as strong as you'd like? Well, you can make that up with this yummy whiskey and absinthe cocktail, possibly named after the poet, or possibly a cigar salesman who was a regular at the bar it originated. I recommend this post from The Spruce Eats to learn to make on.

Spain: Sangria

This is a great drink for brunch and spring/summer time. You can throw in a whole bunch of fresh fruit and call it good, which is especially good if you have some random fruits in your fridge or on your counter that is a bit too ripe to be good for eating on its own.

Venice, Italy: Bellini

This whole pandemic has me really sad when it comes to going to brunch with friends. While I normally only get a coffee, I have been known to try a new fruity drink. I can't go out to a restaurant, but we have weekly virtual brunches that sometimes have a theme. If you want a great drink to accompany your brunch at home, try a pretty bellini, which can really be customized to your likes. Try this one made with peaches from The Salty Marshmallow.

I hope this helps you get through Quarantine with a little higher spirits (ba dum bah). Maybe if you're into it, you can throw an impromptu bartending lesson for your friends during your next Zoom happy hour get together. 

What are your favorite cocktails from your travels?

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