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Thirsty Thursday

If you’re looking to add some excitement to your life in quarantine,  try your hand at creating these signature cocktails from some of your favorite Staunton establishments. These tasty drinks will certainly up your happy hour game and your mixology skills. You’ll certainly be ready to impress at your next social gathering. If you’re looking to go out, find more of the best happy hour spots in Staunton, VA here!

Italian Moped From The Green Room

If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, with a bit of bubbly—carbonation that is—try the Italian Moped from Staunton’s newest wine bar. The mixologists at the Green Room have mastered the craft of mixing wine-based aperitifs with other ingredients and the results are delicious.

2oz Cardamaro
3oz Grapefruit San Pellegrino
Two droppers of Smoked Orange Bitters

Add all ingredients into a glass with ice, stir gently, garnish with Italian cherry.

While we can’t lounge at the Green Room’s hip and cozy spot on Beverley Street, you can enjoy your favorite beer, wine and snacks at home. Delivered to your door, Tuesday through Saturday, check out their modified menu and place your order via email. Kick it up a notch with their “night out at home,” which includes an activity, cheese and charcuterie kit along with your choice of beer and/or select wine. Past activities have included puzzles, games, and crafts you can do solo or with your family.


Feeling adventurous? Try infusing your own liquor. Zynodoa’s Let It Shine takes Belle Isle Moonshine and adds fresh ginger and thyme. While it takes time to infuse the liquor, it’s definitely worth the wait especially since you can’t visit their sleek and modern bar. Combine 1 ½ cups chopped, peeled ginger, handful of fresh thyme (20 sprigs), and 750 ml Belle Isle Moonshine. Let stand for 48 hours. Strain.

1 ½ oz Ginger and Thyme Infused Belle Isle Moonshine (see above)
1 ½ oz Pear Nectar
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Domaine de Canton
¼ oz Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with thyme sprig.

Table 44

Get your cocktails to go! Every week Table 44 is offering a variety of cocktails for purchase. With one easy step, just pour your beverage of choice right into your fanciest glass and enjoy. Some of their recent concoctions include:

44 Mule – Skyy Vodka, house-made ginger juice, sugar, and lime juice
Mr. October – our ‘old-fashioned’ with Old Overholt Bonded Rye, Vino Amaro, and salted honey syrup
Pictures of You – an agave riff on a ‘penicillin’ with El Charro Tequila, Del Maguey Mezcal, ginger juice, sugar, lemon juice, and honey
Fata Morgana – Old Forester Bourbon, Campari, Dolin Rouge Vermouth, coconut oil
Bee’s Knees – Beefeater Gin, honey syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters pour over ice or straight up in your favorite glass
Respect Your Elders – Ketel One Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Dolin Dry Vermouth serve with a twist of lemon

Check their facebook page for details and to order your to-go cocktails.

Other restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and breweries—in and around Staunton—are selling beer, wine and cocktails for curbside pick-up and even delivery. Check out the Staunton Downtown Development Association’s webpage to find out who is open and what they’re offering.

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