As have the majority of smart people, I’ve been practicing social distancing since March. It’s tiring. Groundhog Day isn’t fun after almost 4 months. We all know that. We saw the movie. Sonny & Cher at 6:30 a.m. wears after probably two days.
We've all found ways to avoid going too stir crazy. Binging "Tiger King". Baking. Gaining the COVID-19. Etc. Etc.
Jigsaw puzzles have been keeping me busy. I’ve done abstract art puzzles. Hamburger puzzles. Cartoon puzzles. But I’m super excited about the current one because it’s more than just a puzzle. It’s a game. A challenge really.
Can you believe my luck? A puzzle all about drinks? Jackpot!
A cocktail for every state? Oh man, oh man. Groundhog Day can come for 50 more days.
I decided to make as many of the drinks as I can while doing the puzzle. Talk about a match made in heaven, right? Jealous yet?
I mean, heck, what better way to self-isolate than to drink my way through the country. In PJs. Not needing to shower. And not having to smell the semi-rancid peanut smell from the local dive bar. Although, truth be told, I strangely miss that.
Looking at the map o' beverages, I'll admit some of them are new to me. I've sucked down my fair share of Mai Tais and Manhattans. And more than my fair share of Mint Juleps (at least for one sitting) but WTH is a Persephone? I thought she was a tragic Greek figure, but it appears she is also THE drink in West Virginia.
And Indy car driver Janet Guthrie. Well, according to Indiana's drink, she's refined now. I'm not sure why she has to have a modifier, but when I get to that state, I'll let you know if the Refined Janet Guthrie can go 0 to 60 - or at least down my gullet - in less than 5 seconds.
We have been friends for more years than we haven't. Perhaps because of that or simply because we both have jobs/family that seem to encourage escape, we often bond over an ounce or so of liquid magic. Through these experiences, we have discovered the joys that can come with a well-crafted cocktail, quality beer, and excellent wine. It's about quality for us, and we want to share that with you.