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Hey, everybody, WG here. OK, here we are, doing our part to slow the rate of infection by staying away from each other. If there is a silver lining to all of this, maybe it’s to be more grateful for the unconditional time we’re used to spending with one another. A few days into my limited contact with friends, co-workers and family have me taking inventory of my life and the joy I derive from interacting with the world around me, the comfort of not having to cut a 6-foot swath when walking around strangers. If I’m honest, I’ve taken it for granted. I won’t anymore. I like people. I need people. I love people! It is important in this time to take care of ourselves, to boost our immune system as much as possible. But if you say, “Fuck it, I need a drankkk” — I did it day one! — here are six recipes to try at home while waiting it out. Restaurants and bars the world over will at some point be filled again with music, laughter and conviviality. I can’t wait to see you there.
2 oz. Mulholland Gin
Lightly muddled lime
4 oz. tonic water
Add squeeze of lime to gin and top o with quality tonic water in a Collins glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and rosemary.
1.5 oz. vodka
.75 oz. chamomile syrup (make by steeping chamomile tea and adding equal parts sugar)
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake ingredients together in a cocktail tin with ice. Strain into a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and/or chamomile flower.
Breakfast in Bed
2 oz. whiskey
.5 oz. maple syrup
Orange and lemon peel
Add all ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange peel and lemon peel.
Home Basil (Gimlet)
1.5 oz. gin
.75 oz. fresh
.5 oz. simple syrup (make with equal parts water and sugar)
Put basil and other ingredients in a shaker; don’t muddle, but shake with ice. Strain into a stemmed glass. Garnish with basil leaf.
Earl Grey Gold Rush
1.5 oz. whiskey
.75 oz. Earl Grey honey syrup (make by steeping Earl Grey tea and adding equal parts local honey)
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake ingredients together in a cocktail tin with ice. Strain into a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
2 oz. vodka
2-4 sage leaves
Lightly press sage leaves into a Collins glass with ice. Top o with a quality grapefruit soda. Garnish with lime wedge and salt.
A version of this story first appeared in the March 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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