These days, drinks with friends look a little bit, well, different. After-work happy hours and Saturday boozy brunches have been replaced with Zoom game nights and FaceTime wine dates. At the beginning of this strange new era, these digital get-togethers were a much-needed opportunity to check in with friends, see each other's faces, and share a drink, even if it was through a screen.
But a few months in, what used to be a welcome excuse for me to actually put on makeup has started to feel more like another obligation. Instead of something I look forward to every week, it's become an extension of the million-and-one other video calls I have throughout an average day.
But since there's no way we're getting through this time without the support of our social circles, I resolved to find a way to breathe some life into virtual happy hours. Whether it's with a new-to-market drink of choice or an activity that doesn't involve rehashing the day's news cycle, I put together a list of products to revitalize your virtual happy hours and put the fun back in connecting with the people you love.
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If your quarantine diet has been as sugar-heavy as mine, you're probably in the market for a better-for-you happy hour option that still tastes amazing. Smirnoff's Zero Sugar Infusions are best mixed with a little soda water, and with flavors like Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint, and Strawberry & Rose, they're a perfectly refreshing choice for virtual catch ups with the A/C blasting.
Revitalize your same-old Zoom call by turning it into a trivia night! Designate one person as the host, and use a pack of trivia cards to keep everyone guessing. This one tests your knowledge of "Friends" so you can finally settle that debate about who in your group is the most die-hard fan.
Is it really a summer happy hour if you don't have a frozen drink in your hand? Upgrade your bar setup (and inspire some good-natured jealousy in your friends) with this Wolf Gourmet blender. Take it from me, the margarita just hits differently when the blender's blades reach speeds of 210 mph.
Even if you don't have a backyard or a roof, class up your HH atmosphere with this picnic-ready bamboo cheese board. Lay out your snacks on its slide-out tray and let the stainless steel knives and dry-erase cheese markers be the perfect companion to your big ol' glass of wine.
Now that you've gotten stocked up to have the (virtual) time of your life, don't forget to grab a little something for the morning after. With these Hangover Patches from AKALO, you can make sure your late night doesn't interfere with your next-day plans, which, let's be honest, probably include waking up and doing it all again. Cheers!