My Favorite Quarantine Cocktail Recipe.

We have tried many fun cocktails over the course of quarantine, which we are still very much living through in these parts, but my absolute favorite has been “The Seersucker” from Mr. Magpie’s favorite book from storied craft cocktail bar Death & Co, which is as pretty to look at as it is dangerously easy to drink. It is fruity but the cinnamon flavor affords surprising warmth and depth, and any cocktail with crushed ice feels like vacation. You have to make the cinnamon bark syrup in advance (but once it’s made, you’ll find the cocktail so easy to make anytime you have strawberries on hand!), and the Flor de Cana brand rum is a MUST-buy to make the cocktail work, but beyond that, it’s a fairly simple recipe and will immediately transform your unremarkable groundhog-day-like Tuesday or Wednesday into “the happy day we drank seersuckers.”

The Seersucker.

1 strawberry

2 ounces Flor de Cana extra-dry white rum

1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 ounce cinnamon bark syrup (recipe follows)

GARNISH: 1 strawberry

In a shaker, gently muddle the strawberry. Add the remaining ingredients and short shake with 3 ice cubes. Strain into a pilsner glass with crushed ice. Garnish with the strawberry and serve with a straw.

Cinnamon Bark Syrup

5 cinnamon sticks

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Muddle cinnamon sticks until they are broken up into shards and put into a saucepan. Add water and sugar to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, lower heat, cover and let simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand overnight. Strain through a cheesecloth wrapped sieve into bottle or mason jar.

*Some of our favorite bar gear:

+These angled measuring jiggers, which make pouring small amounts so easy (you can see how much you’ve poured from a bird’s eye view, without having to hold the jigger up to your face);

+This 8×6 mini epicurean cutting board (perfect for slicing citrus and prepping garnishes);

+This steel cocktail strainer;

+A wood muddler similar to this that belonged to Mr. Magpie’s grandmother (would make a cool gift for a cocktail-obsessed friend);

+A citrus press;

+Plastic squeeze bottles (Mr. Magpie stores all of his syrups/sweeteners in these in our fridge and they keep forever — he labels them with my handy labelmaker);

+Boston cocktail shakers (note: I think Koriko brand shakers are widely considered the best); and

+Rose gold metal straws.

We always follow the cocktail book’s advice for glassware, so we do use pilsners for this cocktail, which makes me feel like I’m on a vacation — but I do want to add that my absolute favorite cocktail glass is this etched fish old-fashioned one, which I use for margaritas and palomas. It makes me so happy!

What are your favorite cocktails?!

Post-Scripts.

+These personalized packing cubes are so cute!

+This quilted liner coat is adorable and on sale. Perfect transitional coat.

+Le best French potato salad.

+Cute fall bows for a little one — love the sage gingham. I’m usually an oversized bow kind of girl, but I like these for pigtails.

+Speaking of hair accessories, if you’re still on the statement headband bandwagon — how amazing are these ones?!

+This maxi dress makes me want to CELEBRATE.

+I mentioned the other day that my favorite puff-sleeved sweatshirt that always sells out is fully restocked here — but I have also spotted this similar $20 short-sleeved variation on so many chic peas!

+Kitchen gear you need.

+Dying over this top with high-waisted light-wash denim.

+Adore this $90 dress from Banana! It reminds me of something by SEA or Ulla.

+Love this rattan and wood bench. So chic and unexpected.

+Chanel vibes for $123!

+Speaking of Chanel vibes — love this fringed sweater jacket for fall, and I already own this pearl-trim cardigan, which I cannot wait to wear as temperatures fall.

+With the bandwidth having a nanny has afforded, I’m trying to get more organized about diversifying meals for my children. Has anyone else been in a major food rut in quarantine!? I felt like I just did not have the space to think outside the box there. I’ve been cooking more and trying new recipes for them, and I think having a meal planning pad would help.

+Two great pairs of everyday ballet flats on sale: these Stuart Weitzmans and these LRs, which are reminiscent of the very-popular Mansur Gavriels I’ve seen all over the place (and which can be monogrammed — oh la la!)

+On planting trees under whose shade you do not intend to sit.

8 Comments

  1. Have you ever had a Paloma? I’m guessing yes! It’s so refreshing and I love the color add some basil and it is divine. I love your site, so many great items that you have curated everyday. The Banana Republic dress is a good one, especially in the berry color. Caterini bags are so wonderful and not too pricey. I just bought an adorable tote from this line from shop open. . It was $40 in a nice neutral stripe. Xo

    1. Love love LOVE palomas — grapefruit is one of my favorite flavors and I am partial to anything that can have a salt rim 🙂 Thank you so much for the sweet feedback. I’m so lucky to have you reading along! And the Caterini bags are so adorable — congrats on you score!
      xx

  2. My absolute favorite new cocktail is called Garden Party from Food & Wine.

    It is essentially an Aperol Spritz with gin and muddled basil. Just some fresh herbal-y goodness. I have also had it subbing the basil for mint when we didn’t have any on hand and it was equally delicious!

    We bought the angled jiggers and the same style OXO standard measuring cups based on your recommendation and they have been amazing! So thank you for the advice 🙂
    We bought the angled jiggers and the same style

    1. WOW does this sound delicious — gin is my favorite spirit, so I’m totally on board. Will be trying this!

      So glad you like the OXO! They are such a welcome addition to our bar!

      xx

  3. That cocktail sounds straight up my alley! I wonder if it would also be good with raspberry?

    Just ordered the jigger – love that it has ounce and tbsp measurements! 🙂

    1. Hi Megan! Oo, would be fun to try other berry flavors, too! That jigger is amazing! Easily one of the best kitchen purchases we’ve made in a long time 🙂

      xx

  4. I love the sound of this, and am fully behind the idea of making cocktails in quarantine to celebrate the end of the (Groundhog-like) days and also to demarcate the evening unwind.

    I personally have not drank a drop of alcohol since December (!) due to medical reasons and am not sure when I will start back up again — but if anyone is in the same boat, I highly recommend Hella Bitters & Soda! They just started carrying it at my local WFM and there are two varieties — Spritz, which is more of a straight-up mocktail, and Dry, which is not sweet at all and more bitters-forward. Love them both, depending on my mood! I tend to savor them on the weekends (haha).

    For everyday, I also really like San Pellegrino ‘Momenti’ — seltzers with a splash of fruit. I especially like the Peach-Clementine and Pomegranate-Blackcurrant varieties.

    P.S. LOVE that Chufy dress! xx

    1. Hi MK – I love those Momenti drinks! Somewhere between soda and sparkling water — delicious. My sister would love these bitters & soda drinks — will pass the name along to her!

      xx

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