Quarantine Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Quarantine cocktail was created during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to bring people together virtually while they were physically apart. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy experimenting with new flavors and sharing their creations with friends and family.

  • Originated during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Popular for virtual happy hours and gatherings
  • Appeals to adventurous drinkers

How Quarantine Tastes?

The Quarantine cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and slightly spicy flavors. The fruity notes from the orange and pineapple juices are balanced by the tangy lime and the subtle heat from the ginger syrup, while the rum adds a smooth, warming finish.

Interesting facts about Quarantine

  • The Quarantine cocktail was inspired by the need for connection during social distancing
  • The combination of ingredients is meant to represent the diverse flavors of the world coming together
  • The name 'Quarantine' is a nod to the unique circumstances that led to its creation


A few good options for Quarantine are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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White Rum

White rum is the backbone of the quarantine cocktail providing a smooth, slightly sweet base for the other flavors to meld with. Using 2 oz is just the right amount to let it take center stage without overpowering the mix. Too little and you might as well call it a mocktail; too much and you might need a real quarantine.

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Orange Juice

Bringing a bit of zest and tang to the party, 1 oz of orange juice helps balance the sweetness of the pineapple juice and the spiciness of the ginger syrup. Substitute with blood orange juice for an exotic twist or leave it out, and you'll miss the bright sunshine in the drink.

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Pineapple Juice

This is your tropical tickle, with 1 oz adding a sweet, vibrant flavor and enhancing the rum's character. Without it, it's like a beach without sand. Want a change? Swap for mango juice, and suddenly it's a whole new vacation.

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Lime Juice

Half an ounce of this sharp citrus juice cuts through and adds a necessary tartness to the mix, preventing the cocktail from becoming cloyingly sweet. Squeeze too little, and the balance tilts; too much, and you're puckering more than kissing the glass. No lime? Try lemon, but expect a different kind of pucker.

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Ginger Syrup

A half-ounce gives you a zingy, warm spice that plays coy with the sweetness. Omit the ginger syrup and you've lost the cocktail's complexity, leaving a flat taste note. Swap with honey for a different kind of mellow.

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Angostura Bitters

Just 2 dashes act as the cocktail's peppy friend, giving depth and complexity with its herbal, spicy and bitter notes. Forget them, and the drink lacks personality, like an unfinished story. There's no true substitute for Angostura, but in a pinch, other aromatic bitters could step in.

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The garnish is an essential flourish that adds to the cocktail's aesthetic and introduces a touch of aroma. Without the orange wheel, pineapple wedge, and maraschino cherry, you'll have a drink that lacks its festive hat and shoes - still good, but not fully dressed for the party.

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Recipe. How to make Quarantine Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, ginger syrup, and Angostura bitters
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with an orange wheel, pineapple wedge, and maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh fruit juices for a better taste
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail for a refreshing experience

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Spicy Dishes: The sweet and tart flavors from the fruit juices and ginger syrup in the cocktail can really complement the heat from spicy foods, making for a refreshing contrast.
  • Grilled Seafood: Try enjoying this tropical cocktail alongside grilled shrimp or fish to enhance the light and breezy island vibe.
  • Fruit Desserts: A slice of pineapple upside-down cake or some citrus sorbet would play well with the fruity notes of the Quarantine cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled Water: To keep your palate cleansed between sips, nothing beats iced water.
  • Mint Tea: For a non-alcoholic alternative, the freshness of mint tea can be a lovely accompaniment and would balance the sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Quarantine

  • White rum can be substituted with dark rum for a deeper flavor
  • Ginger syrup can be replaced with honey syrup
  • Orange juice can be replaced with grapefruit juice for a more tangy flavor

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Spicy Quarantine

For a fiery kick, add a 1/4 oz of jalapeño-infused simple syrup alongside the ginger syrup. This will add a spicy twist, heating things up as if the sun decided to party on the beach with you. It turns the cocktail into a tropical flame, daring yet forgiving.

Herbal Quarantine

Incorporate a 1/2 oz of basil simple syrup in place of ginger syrup. Drop in a few fresh basil leaves into the shaker too. Expect a herbaceous and fresh cocktail that feels like sipping from a garden glass.

Berry Quarantine

Muddle a few fresh raspberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Replace the lime juice with lemon juice and the ginger syrup with raspberry syrup. This twist will transform the Quarantine into a berry-blessed elixir, perfect for those who favor a berry-forward flavor.

In case you forgot basics how to make Quarantine

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Quarantine

What's the best type of rum to use in a Quarantine cocktail?

A good-quality white rum is the best for a Quarantine cocktail. However, it could be substituted with any rum of your preference.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Quarantine cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the rum with non-alcoholic rum or a mix of pineapple and coconut water.

Is the Quarantine cocktail considered tropical?

Yes, due to the use of ingredients like pineapple juice and the garnish of pineapple wedges, the Quarantine cocktail is often considered a tropical cocktail.

What is the method used to mix the Quarantine cocktail?

The Quarantine cocktail is shaken in a cocktail shaker, then strained over fresh ice in a highball glass.

Is the Quarantine cocktail suitable for a party night?

Absolutely! With its refreshing and slightly spicy flavors, it's a unique cocktail that's perfect for a party or gathering.

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