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Until recently, my bar cart was simply a place where old issues of the New Yorker went to die. Who actually makes cocktails at home, anyway? I would think this and laugh quietly to myself, after getting home from a night at an actual bar with friends.
Oh, what difference a couple of months can make.
Now my new Friday routine consists of video calling my friends who live in Brooklyn, which might as well be the opposite side of the planet—not just the East River—and making margaritas. My bar cart? Stocked with liquor that’s just waiting to be shaken as soon as 6:30 p.m. rolls around.
I love my little routine—I’d go so far as to say it’s the best part of my entire week. But as the months drag on, I’m starting to get bored of a lot of things that brought me joy at the start of quarantine, including my beloved three-ingredient spicy margs (made from one part tequila, one part Cointreau, one part lime juice, shaken with some sliced of jalapeño if I want to turn up the heat in my living room.)
I want to open the floor for new cocktail recommendations that meet the below criteria:
- Must have three hero ingredients (or less if that’s even possible?)
- Can have one optional wildcard ingredient, like a garnish or salted rim
- Doesn’t require any more cocktail-making equipment than a Mason jar and shot glass (because that’s all I have)
They can be alcoholic or not. They can use any liquor I could easily obtain at my local wine store. They can use any ingredients I could get at a normal grocery store.
I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got!