Sip on these delicious cocktails

Sip on these delicious cocktails

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

When we thought 2020 was going to be our year, I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the “predicament” in which we seem to have found ourselves. With stress levels at an all-time high, consider sipping on some of these delicious cocktails as a stress reliever. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent and current homeschool teacher or a medical professional with more patients than can be managed, these delightful drinks are sure to take the edge off! 

Quarantinis - This will not actually cure any ailments you may or may not have, but it will taste really good! 

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1


3 ounces vodka (or gin)

2 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 packet powdered vitamin C


Add 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, lemon juice and honey to shaker. Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist if desired. If you want to add vitamin C, you can add it directly to the shaker when you add the rest of the ingredients or you can rim the chilled martini glass with it.

(The Novice Chef)

French 75 - Even though you can’t hop on a plane to anywhere right now, pretend you are sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel tower and sipping on this fabulous drink. 

Start to finish: 3 minutes

Servings: 1


1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 ounce gin

3 ounces champagne

Garnish: lemon twist


Add all the ingredients except the champagne into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist. Voilà! The perfect drink. 


Pineapple Mango Rum Punch - Pretend you’re on the beach, the breeze lightly blowing through your hair and the sun warming your skin while sipping this tantalizing drink. 

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1


3 ounces of pineapple coconut juice

3 ounces of coconut rum (you can also use light or dark rum instead)

1 ounce of mango juice

1 ounce of orange juice

Splash of grenadine (just for looks)

Lime slices and/or orange zest for garnish

Edible flowers for garnish


Combine all juices (pineapple coconut, mango, and orange) and rum. Then stir. Pour over ice and add a splash of grenadine for color. The grenadine will fall to the bottom and give the drink a pretty ombre look. Then, add lime, orange zest, and edible flowers for garnish.


Blackberry Margarita - A twist on the classic margarita, this drink adds fresh berries to the mix for something a little extra delightful. 

Start to finish: 7 minutes

Servings: 1


2 ounces tequila

½ ounce triple sec

10 to 12 blackberries

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 sprigs of thyme (1 teaspoon)



Place blackberries and lemon juice into a bowl and muddle until the blackberries are well juiced.

Pour blackberries and juice with it into a shaker. Add tequila, triple sec, and ice. Shake well and pour into a glass. Top with blackberries and sprigs of thyme.


Baileys Coffee Slushies - Give your morning coffee and extra kick with this amazing slushy recipe. 

Start to finish: 3 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 4


3 cups cold-brew coffee, divided

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream

1/4 cup vodka

Chocolate sauce for garnish

Caramel sauce for garnish

Whipped cream for garnish


Fill an ice cube tray with 2 1/2 cups cold brew. Freeze until solid, 3 hours. Combine frozen coffee cubes with remaining 1/2 cup cold brew, milk, Baileys, and vodka in a blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle chocolate and caramel sauces into each of your glasses. Divide slushy evenly between glasses, then top with whipped cream, more caramel and more chocolate. You’ll be hopped up on caffeine and sugar after finishing this little slice of heaven! 

(Lena Abraham)

Hopefully, one of these tasty treats has peaked your interest, or inspired you to come up with your own combination. Whether you want to pretend you are anywhere else or just relax a bit, these drinks are sure to do the trick. Cheers!

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