An Ode to the Lockdown Mixologists
As we endure the third national lockdown and return to the new-found familiarity of banana bread and 'Zoom' quizzes, you can’t ignore the nagging question in the back of your mind – “when will things return to normal?”. The truth is, ‘normal’ is quite hard to define at the moment. For some, normal might be returning to an office. It might be visiting friends and family. It might even be something as trivial as not wearing a mask to the supermarket. However for many, a likely benchmark of normality might be ‘when can I go out for a drink again?’.
At Two Burgate, we have many things – sadly the one thing we don’t have is a crystal ball which will tell us the answer to this question. So, in the meantime, we’re reflecting with a gin in hand (the only way to properly reflect of course) on the wonderful ways you guys have been consuming and creating your favourite beverages from the comfort of your own kitchen… or home office… or secret cubby-hole from which significant others and children are banned… any will do.
Some of you will have played it safe and stuck to your favourite bottle of wine – a trusty steed that’s seen you through the best and worst of times, pandemic or no pandemic. Perhaps just a few more bottles have found their way into the supermarket trolley than usual? After all, the three-per-person limit only applied to toilet roll and pasta. Maybe you’ve found yourself eyeing up the bottle that bit earlier in the day? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Studies have shown that throughout lockdown, people are generally having their first drink much earlier in the day. What else is there to do, right? It has also been revealed that people are consuming their beverages from unlikely vessels in order to hide the fact they are washing down elevenses with a tipple. Seen lots of travel mugs and happy colleagues on your Zoom meetings? Well now you know… if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
After a surge in popularity of the classic Gin and Tonic, some of you might have dabbled with creating your very own gin bar. After the mass clear-out of lockdown number one, everyone must have some cabinet space free? Well, there’s nothing more satisfying than displaying your favourite gin bottles (which will of course, be Yorkshire gins) and covering the cabinet in fairy lights. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the aesthetics of your gin bar however and forget about what actually makes a good gin. Own-brand tonic? Lucky if you remembered to fill the ice tray? A sad, shriveled lemon that you’ve hacked a wedge out of with a blunt knife? These sound all too familiar.
On the other hand, maybe you've discovered your secret talent? Maybe you've had that little bit extra time to carefully measure out your gins and research the most complimentary tonic to match? Perhaps you've branched out from lemons and limes and experimented with botanicals (and therefore refined the art of filtering out berries and petals with your teeth). Dare we even venture into the realms of cocktail making? If you’ve been shaking and stirring your way through lockdown, then perhaps a cocktail-making challenge is on the cards when we open again!
If wine or spirits were never really your thing, then perhaps you’ve been deprived of that perfectly pulled pint? Undoubtedly the popularity of mini-kegs will have soared during lockdown, as for minimum fuss and minimum effort required, they are about as close to a pub pint as you’ll get these days. Unless, like Two Burgate, even before the slightest hint of a lockdown you wisely invested in a shiny beacon of hope, also known as the Moretti machine. Sadly, it hasn’t been able to serve as many punters as we would have liked this year, but rest assured that it is in safe hands and has been tested regularly (and we can confirm that it’s in full working order…).
Whatever you’ve been up to and whatever wonders you’ve created, the point is we can’t wait to welcome you back and take care of all this for you. No more flat tonic and wine served in mugs, but stepping back into the world of incredible customer service and a gin selection to rival Yorkshire’s selection of stunning scenery. Soon you’ll be able to nestle yourself in the naughty corner with your perfect tipple and your favourite people, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms (and open gin bottles!).