Virtual happy hours are the trend during the pandemic, but no one wants to make a special grocery store run to find ingredients for new cocktails. These easy recipes are full of simple ingredients that are pretty common in most kitchens. Those who have themes for their happy hours can have a cocktail night to get people out of their usual wine or beer routine. See what you have the ingredients for and brush up on your bartending skills during quarantine with these cocktail recipes. 

Bourbon

Kentucky Lemonade — Four Roses Bourbon offers up an alcoholic twist on lemonade, which is perfect for the warmer weather. It’s refreshing for when people take virtual happy hours out to the backyard.

  • 1.5 oz Four Roses Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • Soda Water

Don’t add the ice yet. First, combine the bourbon, lemon juice and syrup in a highball glass with a splash of soda water. Now add ice and top with more soda water and a lemon slice.

Cocktail Recipes Four Roses Bourbon is the key ingredient in the Kentucky Lemonade. Photo: Four Roses Bourbon

Gin

Gimlet — Trying to keep your virtual happy hour sophisticated? Monkey 47 Gin has a classic recipe that’s super easy to follow.

  • 2 oz Monkey 47 Gin
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz  Simple Syrup*

Fill shaker with ice, add ingredients, shake for just 5-7 seconds. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Gimlet Monkey 47 Gin has an easy recipe for a gimlet. Photo: Monkey 47 Gin

Cranberry Bramble — Lots of people are making their favorite holiday recipes while in quarantine with their families. If cranberry sauce is in your fridge, this is the best way to use those leftovers.

  • 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin Pink
  • 1 oz Cranberry Sauce 
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice 
  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice

Build the drink in a shaker. Shake and strain into your glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Quarantine Cocktails Beefeater Gin's Cranberry Bramble is great for holiday leftovers--or virtual happy hours during quarantine. Photo: Beefeater Gin

Tequila

Spicy Margarita— Have a few extra jalapenos around after Taco Tuesday? Tequila Herradura spices up the average margarita with their recipe.

  • 2 parts Herradura Silver
  • 1-2 Fresh jalapeño slices (red or green)
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 part agave

First, muddle jalapeño slice(s) in the bottom of cocktail shaker. Add ice, tequila, lime juice and agave. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Garnish with jalapeño and a lime wheel.

Tequila Herradura Spicy Margarita Tequila Herradura has an easy recipe for a spicy margarita. Photo: Tequila Herradura

Mezcal

Recuerdo Tropical — This recipe from Recuerdo Mezcal’s mixologist Gibran Gonzalez is full of simple ingredients. Just make sure you’re well-stocked on citruses. The sweet, fruity concoction will make you feel like you’re on the beach vacation you desperately need right now.

  • 1.5 oz Recuerdo Joven
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz ginger
  • .5 oz simple syrup*

Muddle the ginger with the juices before adding all the ingredients to a shaker. The recipe calls for all ingredients to be shaken over ice and then serve in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf to mimic a piece of agave.

Rum

Captain Morgan’s Frozen Crewdriver — Are you quarantining with a group? Lots of people are social distancing in a household full of family members or friends, which is perfect since this Captian Morgan recipe serves five drinks. Save this recipe for a hot day. 

  • 6 oz. Captain Morgan Orange Vanilla Twist
  • 8 oz. orange Juice
  • 16 oz. ice
  • orange for garnish

Blend the rum, orange juice and ice in a blender. Pour into five tumblers and garnish with a slice of orange.

Prosecco

Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer — Who doesn’t love a snack while drinking? This prosecco cocktail from Santa Margherita is dressing up your usual glass of bubbly with a skewer of frozen berries (cranberries are recommended, but any berries in your fridge will likely work).

  • 1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • 8-10 frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp water

If you didn’t make the berries ahead of time, put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in the freezer for five minutes. Fill a glass 3/4 full with the prosecco. Put skewers on top of the glass to serve.

Santa Margherita also offers a tip if you’re planning ahead and have a sweet tooth: soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.

Santa Margherita Santa Margherita tops off prosecco with a fruity skewer in this recipe for Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer. Photo: Santa Margherita

Vodka

Cape Codder — It doesn’t get simpler than this 3-ingredient drink from Ocean Spray. The brand’s recipe calls for lemon, but some New Englanders say lime should be used instead. Use a squeeze of whatever is on hand while social distancing.

  • 6 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail, chilled
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix ingredients together and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Cape Codder Ocean Spray's Cape Codder cocktail is an easy recipe for virtual happy hours. Photo: Ocean Spray

Botanical Spritz — This Ketel One Botanical recipe is so simple. Enhance any vodka with fruit and herbs of your choice that compliment the flavors in the drink. Try to choose tastes that mirror or complement each other. The Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose varietal could be garnished with some grapefruit or might be complemented by an orange.

  • 1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical
  • 3 oz club soda
  • garnish of fresh fruit or herbs

Combine vodka with soda in a wine glass. Garnish with fruit.

Quarantine cocktail Ketel One Botanical is used in this quarantine cocktail. Photo: Ketel One Botanical

Citrus Splash — Reed’s is helping make a regular can of ginger ale much more exciting for happy hour with this cocktail.

  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit Juice
  • splash of orange juice
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 3/4 cup Reed’s Real Ginger Ale

Coat a cocktail glass rim in sugar. Combine the lime juice, grapefruit juice, orange juice and sugar in the glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Finish up by adding the vodka, ginger ale and a few large ice cubes. Use a lemon or lime wedge for garnish.

Reed's Citrus Splash Cocktail The Citrus Splash is an ideal cocktail for ginger ale fans. Photo: Reed's Real Ginger Ale

Salty Dog Cocktail — This recipe from Bonafide Provisions is only three ingredients, and one of them is organic chicken bone broth. It might sound a little weird to use bone broth in a cocktail, but this is the time to experiment! Plus, the company says the collagen protein and amino acids strengthen your gut lining, hair, skin and nails, so there’s less to feel guilty about.

  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz Bonafide Provisions chicken bone broth
  • 1 oz vodka

Rim your glass with lime juice and flaked salt and pour ingredients over a few ice cubes. Stir before enjoying.

*Simple syrup might not be pre-packaged in your pantry, but it’s super simple to make. It’s one part sugar and one part boiling water. Food & Wine has a recipe for those who need more guidance or flavored simple syrup.