For many of us, libations have taken on a different look in recent months as we’ve all become our own at-home bartender. More time spent at home—what day is it, again?—has provided a welcome opportunity to get creative with multilayered cocktails or keep it simple with tried-and-true classics. We asked designers to share their favorite go-to recipe for the perfect at-home tipple—and some even divulged their cocktail’s fun origin stories.
Stephen Brockman, Deborah Berke & Partners
“Since early March, my drinking habits have changed. I was a weekend social drinker: cocktails and wine on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during dinners with friends and weekends at the beach. I didn’t drink so much during the week, with early morning sessions at the gym and long days at work. Since I have been working from home (or in my case a weekend house in Westport, Massachusetts), I have been drinking every day [except for] a recent self-imposed dry day.
My go-to cocktail was inspired by a few things: I wanted to drink some of the seldom used bottles of specialty liquors that were lurking at the back of my bar. I wanted a drink that was versatile enough to be both comforting on cooler evenings and refreshing as the weather warmed up. I wanted a drink that had a great mix of sweet and bitter. This led me to a Martinez [a drink featuring gin and vermouth], and I modified the recipe from Jim Meehan’s The PDT Cocktail Book to use what I had in my bar. I make a single batch to share with my partner, Doc, and serve in vintage sherry coupes.”
Martinez (with Stephen’s substitutions):
1.5 oz Plymouth gin
1.5 oz Dolin sweet vermouth
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Originale
A few dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
Combine and stir with ice; strain into a chilled coupe.
Dry Gin Martini
Tanqueray No. Ten gin
A dash of vermouth
Shake over ice, and serve with three olives.
Tommy and Kathleen Clements, Clements Design
Fresca & Tito’s
Mally Skok, Mally Skok Design
Cape Cod Sundowner (so named as Skok is currently living at her Cape Cod home)
“In a tall glass, add a big glug of vodka—I like Tito’s.
Follow that with a small glug of Campari.
Fill almost to the top with Spindrift, a delicious low-calorie seltzer with real fruit juice. I like the orange/mango flavor the best for this!