A socially distanced hostess with the mostest: 6 tips for a great virtual cocktail hour

Like many of you, I’d never heard of – much less practiced – social distancing before the Covid-19 global pandemic.

I am fortunate to be able to work from the comfort and safety of my home. Of course, I’m one of the lucky ones – the essential workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way deserve our deepest gratitude. So, I have no real complaints.

But, in these are uncertain and stressful times, it is still important to reach out to others. According to Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D., we have a fundamental need for human connection. Experimental evidence shows that when we experience a threatening situation, spending time with others who feel the same threat can lower stress levels.

Even though we can’t visit bars and restaurants right now, we can still enjoy socializing through virtual events. Watch our video for tips, and then try our quarantini recipe!

Cheery Cherrytini

You’ll need:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice (preferably crushed)
  • Vodka (Titos or Cherry Noir Grey Goose work well, 1 ½ – 2 ounces)
  • Tart cherry juice (2 ounces)
  • Simple syrup (1/2 ounce)
  • Juice of one orange
  • Bing cherry and splash of cherry juice (Bada Bing Cherries)
  • Freezer-chilled martini glass
  • Meaningful garnish – paper umbrella, cherry with stem, orange slice

Do this:

  • Fill shaker with crushed ice, add vodka, cherry juice, simple syrup, juice of an orange, cherry (smashed), and cherry juice
  • Shake the contents like your life depends on it. Your goal is to create ice shards.
  • Carefully pour shaker contents into the martini glass, allowing ice shards but not any remaining ice chunks
  • Garish (spear cherry with umbrella pick, add orange slice)


Author: Deneen Winters Bloom
Deneen Winters Bloom is our Director of Client Services.

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