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Q is for Quarantinis: A toast to the purveyors of life-saving libations

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Luxury Living Tampa Bay

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue, a celebration of people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition is now arriving in local mailboxes, but if you can’t wait for the hard copy, here’s the digital version — and meanwhile, welcome to the letter “Q”:

According to various sources, the first person to serve up a “quarantini” was the actress Tara Reid in a 2005 episode of the medical sitcom Scrubs, in which a doctor triggered an accidental SARS quarantine.

Fifteen years later, for obvious reasons, the quarantini has popped up again in the lexicon of liquor, and its definition — “just like a martini except you sit at home and drink it by yourself” — has expanded along with the rate of alcohol consumption. Now it can refer to any drink you’re imbibing during the pandemic, whether you’re buying gigantic bottles of bourbon while on a masked shopping spree at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits or picking up bottled cocktails-to-go at restaurants like Forbici and Trophy Fish.

To-go cocktails, we hope, will remain a thing after quarantinis are long gone, and here’s another trend we hope will stick around: how-to cocktail videos by entertaining folks from local theaters and museums. We’re talking about Margaret Murray of the MFA (her healthy horchata looked so good!), Matthew McGee (whose martini-themed muumuu almost outshone his mixology during his online intro to the American Stage “New Shorts” series); and Teresa Wilkins of the Leepa-Rattner Museum, who’s doing cocktail tutorials every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at leeparattner.org. 

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