Stay At Home Happy Hour

After such a healthy Meatless Monday, perhaps Tuesday is a day will a little more indulgence. One of the things that people have been doing to keep their “spirits” up is to organize virtual Happy Hours over Zoom where they drink cocktails together.

The Internet was all abuzz when Stanley Tucci fixed this wonderful Negroni cocktail for his lucky wife, Felicity Blunt:

This was so well-received that James Corden talked Stanley Tucci into guiding him as he made his first-ever martini:

As urbanely sophisticated as those videos are (I’ve always been impressed with Stanley Tucci, both personally and professionally), I have to admit I’m even more drawn to these videos, or at least their actual drinks, by women.

First there was a recipe for a “Quarantini” by a 90-year-old grandmother who calls herself “Nana” and mixed up a tasty concoction that her grandson filmed and posted on TikTok. It was so popular that John Krasinski featured it in his weekly show, Some Good News, where it was prepared online by….yes, Stanley Tucci (who pronounced it “delicious,” although he also claimed he wouldn’t be able to walk after drinking it).

Still, the Queen…or the Contessa, of Cocktails goes to Ina Garten, who is a woman after my own heart:

I have to finish with a clip from Sunday night’s Take Me To the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration. A highlight of the show was when Audra McDonald (who Elle writer R. Eric Thomas called “Theatre Beyoncé”), Meryl Streep (“Oscars Beyoncé”) and Christine Baranski (“Baranski Beyonské”) did a joint Zoom performance of “The Ladies Who Lunch”…in their bathrobes. It’s fantastic! It’s one of Sondheim’s most iconic songs, sung by three women who are icons in their own right. Plus, it’s a reminder that we don’t want to get TOO attached to our Happy Hours….

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