America drinks about 2.3 gallons of alcohol a year according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Approximately, 9 drinks per week per person. Since corona virus has negative affects on your heart, liver, and lungs you might reconsider your beverage choices at this time. Consider a fun mocktail..... I know don't throw things at your computer! You are going to need it to get through this pandemic. I have put together some fun options to zest up your drink game.
Ginger is a wonderful addition to orange juice with some fizzy water. If you must add alcohol consider splashes as opposed to full pours. I like Campari if it's handy. If not, you have time to make your own don't you? If you have time and I know you do consider candied ginger. It surprisingly easy to fancy up any drink. The author Lemony Snicket has a cocktail hour with his child or at least used to. His mocktails included vintage seltzer bottles delivered to his front door. Is seltzer delivery an essential business one wonders at this time of consumption? Anyhow, Consider saving the peels of your citrus items rather than chucking them away. I know you bought some cuties they make wonderful zests as well as for making your own bitters. If you are feeling ambitious you could make limoncello, which is wonderful with bubbly water. I will add recipes in the next post.
At this time I find myself going to the pantry and finding depression inspired recipes. Reduce, reuse, and recycle as we like to say. I love concocting new ways to use an everyday ingredient. Since I think it's unrealistic for people to go cold turkey during what is the most challenging time to date in American life. The 90 20 rule in general works for me. 90 percent of the week drink healthy beverages and then 20 percent of the time let it roll. Adding a spritzer to your drinks may help the good times lasts. It also may help with that awkward hang over when you wake up with the person you woke up with the night before.
There are only so many hangovers one can survive solo. So, time to mix it up and spend more time making garnish than slamm'n back quarentini's. A wise man once said
"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'