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Spice Up Your Holiday Zoom Gatherings With a Cocktail (or Two)

Celebrating the holidays socially distanced? No worries! Try this new family festivity

Kessa Albright |

COCKTAIL OR MOCKTAIL? Kids can get involved with this drinking game with an alcohol-free version of cocktails, such as a Shirley Temple: Sprite, cherry juice, and a maraschino cherry to top it off.
COCKTAIL OR MOCKTAIL? Kids can get involved with this drinking game with an alcohol-free version of cocktails, such as a Shirley Temple: Sprite, cherry juice, and a maraschino cherry to top it off. Just be sure to take it easy and don't go overboard!

Though the holidays will no doubt look different this year, one tradition will always remain: someone getting inappropriately drunk at family gatherings. Not that we encourage off-the-walls behavior here at Volume One, but if you’re looking to spice up your virtual holiday gatherings, here is a specifically tailored, socially distant Zoom holiday drinking game for such occasions:

  • Make yourself a Brandy Old Fashioned while the family takes turns holding their pets up to their cameras.
  • Take a healthy sip of Bellefontaine reserve bourbon from J. Henry & Sons Distillery for every passive aggressive comment (a bourbon finished in cognac barrels and aged five years should not be taken as a shot, but it is 2020 so I wouldn’t judge you if you did).
  • Take a big sip of Spotted Cow whenever someone talks while on mute.
  • Take an even bigger sip when there are at least two people speaking at once.
  • Make a Bloody Mary with Nan’s Naughty & Nice Bloody Mary Mix for every person wearing holiday-themed pajamas (don’t forget the cheese curd and pickles for garnish; maybe even some of your dad’s venison sticks, too).
  • Take a slow, judgmental sip of State Line’s Aperitivo when someone says something offensive. If you don’t feel like sippin’ it neat, you can make yourself a spritz with some of the soda you’ve got cold in the garage.
  • Keep a bowl of Blackberry Brandy slush handy to drink every time you see a taxidermy piece hanging up in the background of a family’s living room.
  • Chug your drink when someone says a Corona Cliché like “Let’s just get back to normal!” or “In these trying/unprecedented/difficult/strange times…” or “I’m not wearing pants!”
  • Take a big drink of water and bite of green bean casserole every time you feel happy to be with your family, even at a distance.