Aucklanders, did you know it's Friday? I didn't until I just looked at the calender on my phone and got a real shock.
All the days are, of course, blurring into one long afternoon of staring out at the window figuring if it's too rainy to put the washing out (it is).
But it's time to celebrate the last weekend of COVID-19 alert level 3 lockdown, so make your bubble put their glad rags on - even if it's just your dog, give them a brush - and get cracking into some cocktails.
Don't worry if you don't have the faintest clue on how to make anything more complicated than a gin and tonic as the team at Caretaker bar are offering their award-winning cocktails to go, for people to enjoy at home.
Each package, which can be ordered via the Hallertau website, contains four of Caretaker's award-winning cocktails, made and mixed and ready to enjoy.
The cocktails should be kept in the fridge, then popped in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving. Pouring them from the freezer means they are enjoyed nice and cold and gives them a rich, silky texture.
Caretaker describes the contents of the cocktail kits as follows:
This is like a classic Old Fashioned all dressed up in hoon pants. A boozy number that's dark complex and a little bit dry. Ingredients: Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters & Angostura bitters. Garnish with Orange Twist.
This original Hoffman House style Martini is wet and boozy with a touch of aromatic orange bitters. Ingredients: Gin, Dry Vermouth & Orange Bitters. Garnish with olives, Pickled Onions or a Lemon Twist.
The Ritz Negroni
AKA The Quill is quite simply a Negroni rinsed in Absinthe. Bitter, delightful and proof that Absinthe makes everything better. Ingredients: Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Campari and a dash of Absinthe. Garnish with Orange Twist.
The Rum Manhattan of your dreams - rich, sweet and strong with a hint of Campari. Ingredients: Aged Rum, Sweet Vermouth, Chocolate liqueur and Campari. Garnish with Orange Twist and Cherry.
All you need now is a couple of cheeses, some board games and a Zoom quiz night, and your perfect lockdown Friday night in is sorted.