Quarantini, anyone? We’re getting creative with Birmingham spirits

Campesino silver Quarantini, anyone? We're getting creative with Birmingham spirits
Ahh… Bring the island escape to your living room. Photo via Campesino Rum

Week one of social distancing down and we need a drink. Y’all know Bham Now loves supporting local business, so we’re mixing our cocktails with spirits made right here in the Magic City. Check out our top three quarantini recipes and learn how you can make your own!

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1—Campesino Quarantini

w/ Campesino Rum

This first recipe came from our favorite rum man himself, Campesino founder Hatton Smith. We’re not saying it’ll give your immune system a boost, but we’re not saying it won’t. Either way, you’re in for a great drink.


  • 2 oz Campesino aged rum
  • 1 packet tangerine Emergen-C
  • 1 can limited-edition tangerine White Claw


  • Pour the Emergen-C packet into a glass.
  • Mix in Campesino rum.
  • Top with White Claw.
  • Stir and enjoy.

Not your speed? Find more Campesino drink recipes here.

2—An Old Fashioned Cure

w/ Dread River Distillery

Since we can’t go out to our favorite bars right now, we can bring back the Prohibition Era vibes by consuming local spirits at home! This classic cocktail got Americans through one rough decade that ended in -20s, so maybe it’ll carry us through, too. 


  • 2 oz. Dread River whiskey
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 sugar cube or about 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Orange peel
  • Marachino cherry


  • Muddle the sugar cube and bitters with one bar spoon of water at the bottom of a chilled rocks glass.
  • If using simple syrup, combine bitters and one bar spoon of syrup.
  • Add whiskey. Stir.
  • Add one large ice cube.
  • Stir until chilled and properly diluted, about 30 seconds.
  • Slip orange twist on the side of the cube.
  • Add the cherry on top!

3—The Sailor’s Special

w/ Redmont Distilling Co.

Tonic water has a long history of medical uses, particularly on ships. Legend has it can prevent or even cure disease—but we make no medical claims. Beneficial or not, it’s still a major player in some of the most popular cocktails in the world.


  • 2 oz Redmont Vodka
  • 5 oz tonic water
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 mint leaves


  • Squeeze about 1-2 oz fresh lime juice into a glass.
  • Tear mint leaves in half and add.
  • Top with ice.
  • Add vodka and tonic water.
  • Stir and garnish with a lime wedge before serving.

What’s your go-to quarantini special, Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow

Beth Cunningham
Beth Cunningham

A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.

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