At MyDomaine, we understand the importance of designing a home you love—one that you're proud to live in and proud to show off to friends and family. But even with that intrinsic desire to host, actually entertaining at home can sometimes feel overwhelming and intimidating.
So, to make opening up your home (even virtually) a little less stressful, we’re sharing the recipes, products, and simple tips that we go back to every time we entertain. Happy hosting!
The past few months have been a whirlwind of adjusting to (forgive the cliché) our "new normal." Working from home full time, wearing masks when I leave my apartment, completely avoiding public transportation—it's all taken a good bit of time to get used to. I realized earlier this week that it's been over 75 days since I left Queens—the beautiful burough I call home—and stepped foot in Manhattan, which is something I never expected to experience while living in New York City.
I quickly realized that the key to elevating any virtual happy hour is taking the time to craft a drink I really enjoy, one I would order if I were sitting at a cocktail bar and not just in front of my laptop.
And as a self-proclaimed entertainer and hostess, the complete restructuring of my social life has been another rough adjustment. Gone are the post-work happy hours, Sunday brunches, and spontaneous balcony drinks. Now, instead of meeting up with friends at our favorite neighborhood haunts, we connect virtually.
But having a drink with loved ones over Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts can still feel special. The first few weeks of self isolation I would just pour a glass of whatever wine I had on hand, or maybe crack open a hard seltzer or a loose beer from the back of my fridge. But I quickly realized that the key to elevating any virtual happy hour is taking the time to craft a drink I really enjoy, one I would order if I were sitting at a cocktail bar and not just in front of my laptop.
And I finally mastered my perfect quarantine cocktail. It only requires two ingredients (both of which I always have on hand) and is delightfully briny. Full disclosure though, this drink won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you're not a fan of pickles.
Personally, I can't get enough of pickles. I make my own pickled red onions, pickled carrots, and pickled cauliflower, and always have a jar or two of classic dills on hand. I've also been known to order a pickle back or two in my day, and will always order the pickle martini if it shows up on a bar menu.
So I've taken to making my own pickle martinis, which I serve out of my prettiest crystal coupes, of course. All you need to craft your own is a bottle of your preferred vodka (I usually go for Tito's) and your favorite jar of pickles (my go-to is Whole Foods' whole dill pickles). Simply mix the vodka with a healthy pour of the pickle brine, stir over ice, drain, and garnish with a little slice of the pickle itself, and you'll be sipping a salty, stiff cocktail in no time.
The best part of this drink? The measurements aren't a hard and fast rule, you can adjust the amount of vodka and pickle juice used until you find the mix that perfectly suits your palate. But if you're looking for a jumping off point, I've included my go-to mix below.
- 4 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces pickle juice
- Pickle spear or chip to garnish
- In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker combine vodka and pickle juice over ice.
- Stir until the mixing vessel feels cold to the touch.
- Strain into a coupe or martini glass (preferably chilled).
- Garnish with a small piece of pickle.