Coping with Covid-19: Solo Happy Hour in Isolation

Boozing

If there is one thing South Africans have not been able to deal with in 2020, it’s the alcohol limitations instated as part of Covid-19’s (Corona Virus strain) preventative measures.

Buying and selling or booze, has been halted; And subsequently, there are no Happy Hours to be found since dining establishments are on lockdown too.

For those not lucky enough to have stores of alcohol stored up – sorry for you!

Since I am a lifestyle & foodie blogger based in one of this hemisphere’s finest veritable wine countries, I get a fair few press drops of the alcoholic kind. I have received wine, gins, spirits, and mixers alike.

One of the last few bottles I have remaining during this lockdown, is the award-winning Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch Whisky. I’ve never been a fan of pure whisky (or anything I can taste/smell the cask of) because the spirit is usually too clinical for me to enjoy solely. However, s a result of whisky’s famed potency and joie de vivre, I have gladly embraced the trend of whisky cocktails during my isolation, thank you Speakeasy revival!

“I’m on a whisky diet… last week, I lost three days! ” – Tommy Cooper

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch Whisky is a creamy smooth & beautiful pale gold-coloured whisky. This enjoyably balanced spirit, is distinguished for maintaining prominent citrus orange notes on the nose, while tastebuds are titillated by the sweetness of pear and orange notes.

Discerning palates can usually make out the candy (maybe a bit toffy apple-like) flavor note too, from this Speyside Malt.

I fully enjoy just how easy it makes the whole drinking experience. You do get certain alcohols that come with their own rules of decorum, some that have a certain forced feel to their product, or drinks that just require a specific frame of mind to even be touched. The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch Whisky is just built for good mouthfuls of long, zesty fun.

Solo Drinking…

I’m not one for drinking alone – I’m more of a Social Drinker.

However, I woke up and decided to makeup my face and some cocktails, blast some tunes, and just enjoy being young and alive, because otherwise: What else is there to do?

Along with the fine whisky, I had bottles of champagne (MCC), and cordial – and nothing non-alcoholic to cut this with, so God save my liver!

Naturally, I got completely hammered in under 2 glasses of my cocktail concoction. Here’s my ‘French 95’ – my grunge bastardization of a Manhattan, a Packhorse & an Old Fashioned.

Ingredients:

2 fingers of Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve A

1 finger of Lime Cordial

2.5 fingers of Graham Beck Brut NV Method Cap Classique Champagne

3 to many berries

Approved substitutes for the alcohol excess:

2.5 fingers of Sir Lemonade Juice, or freshly squeezed orange juice (to substitute the bubbly)

An excess of ice & tonic

Note:

Strain your drink ingredients before serving, only should you be substituting the bubbly for juice.

Instructions:

1. Measure whisky into your glass, with liberal consideration for your level of mood.

2. Stir in, the cordial with care -ensuring only a slight drip into the glass if you aren’t a fan of sweetness, and overpowering the whisky’s natural flavor tones.

3. If none of your ingredients have been cooled, add some ice.

4. F*ck shit up pouring in as much bubbly as you would like. You’re going to hell for this pure whisky diffusion anyway; may as well hit it with a bang!

5. Garnish your cocktail with berries for that aesthetic drinking snack your tummy may thank you for nibbling on later. d also serve in any glass as long as your drink tastes good.

Another Combo

If you are not already messed up from one glass of my first masterpiece in drunk mixology, then try this cocktail – it’s much the same, save for garnish and pink hued bubbles…

Note: Strain your drink ingredients before serving, only should you be substituting the bubbly for juice.

Ingredients:

2 fingers of Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve A

1 finger of Lime Cordial

2.5 fingers of Graham Beck Brut Rose NV Method Cap Classique Champagne

1-3 Edible flowers

Approved substitutes for the alcohol excess:

2.5 fingers of Sir Lemonade Juice, or freshly squeezed orange juice (to substitute the bubbly)

An excess of ice & tonic

Instructions:

1. Measure whisky into your glass, with liberal consideration for your level of mood.

2. Stir in, the cordial with care -ensuring only a slight drip into the glass if you aren’t a fan of sweetness, and overpowering the whisky’s natural flavor tones.

3. If none of your ingredients have been cooled, add some ice.

4. F*ck shit up pouring in as much bubbly as you would like. You’re going to hell for this pure whisky diffusion anyway; may as well hit it with a bang!

5. Garnish your cocktail with edible flowers – which really can be eaten. I am currently alive enough to tell you this. They’re a delight on the eye and tongue.

If you had the option of creating your own drink, with all the ingredients in the world: What drink would you make?

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