by Erin

This post is sponsored by Buckeye Vodka. Recipe is intended for individuals ages 21 & up, please drink responsibly. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stuck at home and want a cocktail but don’t know if you have the right ingredients to make one? Meet the quarantini.


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While we are still working our way through leftover booze and wine from our wedding a year and a half ago, some people out there are looking for alcohol delivery services or recipes for cocktails using what they already have on hand. So I give you, the quarantini.

Now, I am not claiming to be a bartender, but if you take 3 parts vodka (or gin), 1 part vermouth (or dry wine), and a splash of olive juice (or other pickled/fruit juice) you’re on your way to making your very own martini created in the constraints of quarantine! I used pickled jalapenos and raspberries for mine – separately I’m not that nuts.

Pickled Jalapeno Martini

Bartenders are actually getting hit hard during this pandemic, so I am by no means trying to downplay their skills. In fact I am highlighting Buckeye Vodka in this recipe because this month they are teaming up with Sculpture Hospitality to emulate the “spirit of Ohio” by donating directly to our bartenders in Ohio.

Want to help? Professional bartenders will be submitting mixology videos for an opportunity to win cash prizes and much needed financial support (fans can also win gift baskets by submitting their own). Additionally, for every comment on the videos another dollar will be donated, up to $3,000.

Follow along or post your own by tagging @BuckeyeVodka and #BVBartender on your social channels!

Quarantine Cocktails

The fun thing about making cocktails from home is it forces you to expand your horizons and get creative (and use that random jar in the back of the fridge). Once you know the base of a cocktail feel free to play. Use other pickled things, other fruit juices, heck you could even toss in some jam or a simply syrup.

More than once I have gotten together with friends to see what we could come up with. Don’t get me wrong, there were utter failures, but there were plenty of tasty surprises which lead to trying to conjure up creative names to seal them as our own (ex: Kiwi Herman, Gin^3, Boozy Tea Time, Ohio Trail Mixer).

Raspberry Martini

But if you’re still not feeling secure in your cocktail making abilities, there’s a website where you can plug in the ingredients you have and it will offer suggestions on cocktails to make.

And if you haven’t gotten your hands on Simple Times Mixers yet, now is the time! While they are based in Columbus, OH they ship all over the country. I highly recommend their cocktail of the month club where you get two different mixers every month that pair with just about any alcohol you have on hand. Or skip the booze for a refreshing placebo-rita. Get 10% off with my code SPIFFY10!

Substitute olive in martini

One year ago: Carrot Top Pesto

Three years ago: Easter Gooey Butter Cake

Four years ago: Weekly Meal Plan: April 11-17

Five years ago: Eggplant Tofu in Garlic Sauce

Six years ago: Apple Jelly Glazed Pork Chops

Seven years ago: Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Eight years ago: Cheesy Potato Casserole



Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 3 parts vodka, chilled
  • 1 part vermouth (dry sherry, dry white wine)
  • Splash of olive juice (or other pickled juice) or fruit juice
  • Ice
  • Olive (or other pickled things) or fruit, for garnish


  1. Combine vodka, dry vermouth, and juice in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish and serve.
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