From coast to coast, intrepid bar owners are dealing with the closure of non-essential businesses by offering takeout and even delivery of craft cocktails that patrons used to sidle up to the bar to enjoy.
In New York City, which has more coronavirus cases than anywhere else in the country, acclaimed watering holes including Dante (crowned the "world's best bar" in 2019), Amor y Amargo and Attaboy are among the scores of cocktail bars offering pickup and, in some cases, delivery (Thrillist rounded up some top NYC cocktail bars offering delivery and takeout here.)
Meanwhile, some spirits distilleries are aiding in the Coronavirus effort by converting their booze into hand sanitizer. Brooklyn's New York Distilling Company is now using their straight-from-the-still, undiluted Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin to create bulk hand sanitizer that will be donated to bars and restaurants.
The distillery's homemade recipe is based on CDC recommendations, using two parts uncut gin (about 85% ABV) with one part aloe vera gel. As it is based on their Perry’s Tot Gin, it contains botanicals, providing a scent of juniper berries, citrus peels, and spices.
A spokesperson for the distillery said they need more hydrogen peroxide and glycerin to follow WHO guidelines to continue to make more sanitizer. If anyone has access to those ingredients in bulk, they're urged to contact the distillery to donate.
And if you're outside the NYC delivery zone and want to approximate Dante's signature negroni, which New York magazine crowned "the absolute best negroni in New York", the bar previously supplied Maxim.com with a simple home recipe here:
Dante Negroni Recipe
1 oz. Bombay Sapphire
3/4 oz. Campari
3/4 oz. Martini & Rossi Vermouth
Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice for 20 seconds to dilute. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice, preferably a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange wedge.