You can’t go to the bar. You can’t ask your favorite bartender to “mix something special”.
So during this period of coronavirus and the resulting stay-at-home guidelines, we decided to bring you the bartenders.
We asked experts from the central New York beverage scene – bartenders and distillers – to come up with recipes for a category of mixed drinks that we will call Quarantinis. (No, we did not invent the name).
They answered our call: from riffs to classic cocktails to drinks that embody the spirit (or spirits) of staying at home, they shared some creative ideas.
There is even one that could almost be considered a “health tonic”.
Many use ingredients that you may already have in your liquor cabinet and pantry. Otherwise, remember that liquor stores are considered essential and remain open. And don’t forget the many local distilleries in central New York. Most offer take-out or delivery of their spirits (when they’re not busy making santizer by hand.)
Here are the drinks. Note that creativity often extends to names, as well as recipes:
By Laura Serway, Fallon Moen and the Laci’s Tapas Bar team in Syracuse
1 1/2 ounces Skyy Raspberry Vodka
1 ounce pomegranate syrup
Shake and strain into a sugar glass. Garnish with champagne.
Interior information: “We chose this drink because of the sweetness and the fun color, we thought it was a good choice for a spring drink during this difficult time,” said Moen. “One of our bartenders gave his name thinking that we must have the hope that we will come back soon at a better time. She also thought it would be fun to use the extra champagne for the mimosa the next morning! “
The place: Laci’s tapas bar is one of the local restaurants that have been trying to do business for a while before giving up. He plans to reopen when the closure order is lifted.
The Pantry Raid
From Adam and Aaron Carvell to Old Home Distillers, Lebanon, Madison County
4 ounces Old Home Distillers Field Days Bourbon Whiskey
1 can of peaches, sliced in light syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 dashes of bitter (if available, or substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
4 ounces of ginger ale
Mix all the ingredients but the ginger ale in a 2/3 blender full of ice, mix well until smooth. Add the ginger ale and the pulse mixer to incorporate. For 2 people (or, more likely, 1 in a large Mason jar).
Interior information: “Modern mixology often relies on rare or obscure ingredients to impress, but one of the most difficult challenges in the bartender is making a well-balanced drink from basic ingredients in your home,” said Adam Carvell. “The Pantry Raid takes a few basic prep prep elements from your apocalyptic stock and puts them to use in a simple mixed cocktail.”
The place: Old Home Distillers, manufacturer of whiskey and other spirits, is open to picking and delivery, and is one of many local distillers manufacturing alcohol-based disinfectants.
From Jeremy Hamill to Scotch ‘n Sirloin to DeWitt
2 ounces of peeled ginger
1 cup raw honey
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
fresh juice (pineapple, orange etc.)
Spirit of choice (whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila etc.)
Splash tonic water
Chop 2 ounces of peeled ginger and add to a simmering pan of honey and water. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, then add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let cool and then strain into a clean bottle. Once cool, add to fresh juice like pineapple or orange. If desired, add your favorite spirit. Whiskey, rum, vodka or tequila all work very well with this quarantine mix. Add a little tonic water for quinine.
Interior information: Hammill makes the basis of this drink at home as “a non-alcoholic tonic to boost my immune system”. Once made, it can be an essential mixer for a cocktail.
The place: The Scotch ‘n Sirloin, a steakhouse and bistro adjacent to the Shoppingtown Mall on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt, is open for orders of food and beverages.
The 2020 and the Mexican razor blade
From Baker Teitsch to Elephant and the Dove to Skaneateles
2 ounces of gin
1 ounce Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
1 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce agave syrup
Shake with ice and a little mint and pour into a glass. Garnish with champagne, garnish with a sprig of mint.
Mexican razor blade
2 ounces of tequila
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
2 cucumber slices
Shake well with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sliced cucumber.
Interior information: Teitsch, the bartender at the Mexican restaurant Elephant and Dove offers both a new drink (2020) for the time and a classic for a Mexican home meal (The Mexican Razorblade).
The place: Elephant and the Dove is located at 9 E Genesee St. in Skaneateles, owned by Adam and Kim Weitsman, also owners of The Krebs.
From Debbie Dates to Lock 1 Distilling, Phoneix, Oswego County
1 ounce lock 1 Ryze Vodka
1 ounce of pineapple excuse (flavored liquor)
2 ounces of cranberry juice
1 ounce orange juice
Sprite or club soda splash
Shake with ice and strain into a martine glass. Float an orange on top.
Interior information: Like many Lock 1 distilleries, prepares cocktails in its tasting room (when it is open) and offers recipes using its own products. Ryze is her best selling alcohol, and Pineapple Excuse is one of the many new flavored liquors she introduced this year (replacing her Cuse Juice which is no longer available).
The place: Lock 1 Distilling, at 17 Culvert Street in Phoenix, is currently open for the sale of bottles.
On the porch and flatten the curve
From Alex Doucette and Jordan Colella to the Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge in Syracuse
On the porch (Alex Doucette)
1 1/2 ounces Absolut Juice Strawberry
1/2 ounce of Stoli vanilla
2 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Mix and garnish with cherry and orange wedges
Flatten the curve (Jordan Colella)
1 ounce of bourbon
1 ounce of Amaretto
3 dashes Orange Bitters
Mix and garnish with cherry and orange zest
Interior information: A sugary drink, a less sweet one, from the staff of one of the best-stocked cocktail bars in Syracuse.
The place: Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge, 321 S. Clinton St. in Armory Square, is known for the wall of bottles behind the bar and its extensive list of wines, beers and spirits.
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