The coronavirus has taken the world by storm, shutting down everything from schools, restaurants, bars, gyms and more. Even for those living in areas without a mandatory confinement, social distancing and staying home has become the new normal. People are coping in different ways—some are polishing their cooking skills, while others are on their way to becoming wine connoisseurs. Longing for human connection, activities to pass the hours and a way to keep things light despite unfortunate times, people have turned to video calls with peers, online chain games and viral fitness and food challenges.
One of the latest social media trends to come out of the global pandemic is the #Quarantini. With over 27,000 posts, the hashtag has garnered media attention, and photos or videos of celebrities and food personalities such as food television personality and cookbook author Ina Garten can be found serving themselves a generous dose of quarantini.
Is a quarantini just a martini during quarantine you may ask? The answer is no, because the quarantini sees no boundaries when it comes to what goes into it, it just sees the boundaries of your kitchen. The point of the quarantini is to use what you have on hand to make the most creative cocktail possible.
We have seen the truly creative side of people come out, with everything from crackers, cheese and thermometers as garnishes to concoctions of rum and pineapple juice; vodka and pickle juice or Sauvignon blanc and grapefruit juice.
While not all of us can boast mixology skills as part of our repertoire, now is a great time to learn something new. The Hong Kong Tatler Dining team was up for the challenge and after a quick look through the pantry and fridge, these are the quarantinis they created: