The coronavirus has turned drinks at the bar into drinks in our individual homes, but that doesn’t mean you have to drink alone or miss out on your favorite Nico cocktails.It’s understandable that people are looking endlesslessly for fun ideas during social isolation. Scheduling some time to see friendly faces can be a lifeline for people who miss their friends and loved ones. Whether you decide to have a cozy chat with your far-fletched besties or plan on dropping into a video chat room filled with all your family, we have here’s what to know about having a successful virtual happy hour.
Keep It Small
There’s a benefit to keeping your happy hour fairly intimate. Too many people in Google Hangouts, Group FaceTime or Zoom and it just becomes chaos. More than eight to 10 people and conversations can’t really happen without leaving people out. If more than 10 people are attending your virtual happy hour, consider appointing a moderator to help the conversation run smoothly.
Get Dolled Up
Connecting online is also a good excuse to shake off your third-day sweat pants and shimmy into a snappy outfit. Apply makeup and put on a cute outfit for your virtual happy hour with some friends. The act of getting ready might give you a sense of normalcy.
Wherever you hold your happy hour, make sure the lighting is bright enough so others can see you. Don’t let your barking dogs and shrieking children can affect the vibe. As long as there is a stable surface to rest your laptop or device on. Have the call in the place in your home where you are most comfortable.
Settle On Food And Drinks
Many groups improvise with a “Quarantini,” so discuss with your pals on what you’re having! Make some of your favorite Nico cocktails!
Three Olives Vanilla, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Frangelico, Fresh Espresso
North End’s Own Vodka, Pama Liqueur, Cranberry, Fresh Lime
Limoncello, Splash of Cranberry, Prosecco Float, Fresh Berries
Make some of your favorite antipasti in the comfort of your home.
Rice Fritters, Mozzarella, Beef, Peas, San Marzano Tomato Sauce
Fritto di Calamari
Fried Fresh Calamari, Sliced Cherry Peppers, Chipotle Sauce
Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, EVOO, Balsamic Glaze
End on a high note
Keep your virtual happy short and sweet, then make plans to do it again. Before you know it you will be back to your weekly night out at Nico Ristorante! We can all get through this pandemic. Stay safe and healthy!