While everyone is self isolating at home, it’s important to keep your spirits up — both literally and figuratively. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to add to your bar cart or switch up your nightly cocktail, the BELLA team shares their favorite, easy at-home cocktails that you can recreate.
Amanda Mactas, Food, Travel & Accessories Editor: Simplicity is key right now, since most people don’t have fancy cocktail ingredients at home. This bright, fun drink uses only two and tastes like summer!
3 parts Martini & Rossi Fiero
3 parts seltzer water of choice
Gently mix together, add some fruit for garnish, and enjoy! (You can also substitute tonic water for the seltzer if you enjoy a more bitter cocktail.)
5 muddled strawberries
White Wine Spritzer 🍓
Wine or cocktail glass
Flavored sparkling soda (I used Sparkling Yuzu Coconut Water)
Your choice of white wine (I like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
Fresh fruit (I prefer red berries)
Mix it up! Add fruit to the bottom of your glass and lightly muddle. Fill halfway with ice. Pour wine over ice and fruit. Top with sparkling soda. Garnish with extra fruit or mint and enjoy!
Vital Agibalow, Photographer:I’m enjoying doing product photography lately at my house. I worked with Kate Romanoff, who created this cocktail with the Absolut Juice Apple Edition, which is made with real fruit juice. The simple combo tastes great!
Absolut Juice & Soda
1 part Absolut Juice Strawberry or Apple Edition
2 parts Soda Water
Mix in a wine glass with lots of ice and garnish with sliced fruit.
Jessica Cirz, Cover + Features Photographer:
The Perfect Gin Martini
3 oz gin
1/2 oz vermouth
Pour in shaker over ice and strain. Add lemon twist. Enjoy!
Ilsy J. Hoo,Love Files Contributor:
Pumpkin Rumchata Martini
2 parts RumChata
1 part Vanilla Vodka
1 part Pumpkin Syrup (or Substitute 3 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Filling)
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass; sprinkle with cinnamon.
Mindy Gura, Fashion Stylist: This is so simple and easy to make. But it tastes like a fancy cocktail!
The Mindy Martini
Add equal parts cranberry and Rosé Vodka into a shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass! Enjoy!!
Paula Orlan, Fashion Stylist:
DIY Skinny Margarita
1 1/2 ounces tequila
2 limes freshly squeezed
Splash of Orange juice
1 teaspoon light agave nectar
Put ice in a cocktail shaker.Add tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar. Close and shake for a minute. Pour over more ice in a margarita glass. Enjoy!
Lynette Barbieri, Business Development Associate: I love this simple drink, especially by the fire. So relaxing and delish! You can put a little whipped cream on top if you are feeling dangerous.
Baileys and B & B (Brandy & Benedictine)
4 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 oz Brandy
Handful of ice cubes
Put it in a shaker and shake for a minute and enjoy! When its warmer outside I put it in a blender and blend it with ice, it’s delish!
Jonathan Calixto, Fashion and Lifestyle Correspondent:I love a good simple drink and this definitely does the trick for me. In case you can’t find ginger beer, no need to look to far, just replace the ingredient with ginger ale. Cheers.
Dark n’ Stormy
4 ounces ginger beer
2 ounces dark rum
Combine and enjoy! Garnish with lime.