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‘Drinks Well With Others’

local cocktail enthusiast offers tips on making cocktails from home

Kessa Albright |

The Old Fashioned: A classic Wisconsin cocktail.
The Old Fashioned: A classic Wisconsin cocktail.

My mom recently gifted me a magnet that says “Drinks well with others!” Ever since mid-March, that phrase has been taunting me as I reach for another bottle of wine to be polished off within the evening’s end.  By myself. There are both pro’s and con’s to staying home to drink.

Objectively, beer tastes better out of a tap and in a pitcher shared with your friends. Most of us do not have a dart board or pool table to play bar games. There is generally less potential for adventure while drinking at home. However, some of my favorite times staying at home recently have been while drinking by myself or with a friend or two.

If you’re like me, and chilling at home wondering what the perfect drink is to cheer you up, I’ve got just the thing for you: a classic Old Fashioned.

Free pouring is all I know these days. I can listen to whatever music I want to and never have to wear pants. This is the most free I’ve ever been. Creating cocktails has become my creative outlet of choice.

If you’re like me, and chilling at home wondering what the perfect drink is to cheer you up, I’ve got just the thing for you: a classic Old Fashioned (but made how you like it because you’re the best bartender in the place!) So grab a bottle and fire up the Zoom happy hour and drink safely! You just need 2 oz (or more) of whiskey or bourbon, mixed with ½ oz of simple syrup. Toss In two or three dashes of aromatic bitters, and serve over ice or neat in whatever glass you have clean because – hey! – you’re your own barback now.