Recommended Reading and (Virtual) Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 19

It’s another roundup of interesting cocktail and spirits related articles plus a few fun bits of news just made for online confinement cocktail party conversation starters.

Cocktail Reading

Happy Hour is a State of Mind (PUNCH magazine)

Who knew the true meaning of happy hour could be rediscovered in grid-view? What COVID-19 confinement has meant for cocktail hour…

A Letter from How We’re Drinking—and Helping—Right Now (

A whole lotta useful links from on where to donate to help those seriously affect to how to use those random bottles in your home bar to make something nice to drink!

The Cocktail That Will Get Me Through COVID-19 (Food and Wine)

How one particular cocktail got this women through a new move, helped her meet her current boyfriend and will hopefully help her weather the COVID-19 confinement

The Impact of Coronavirus on Paris Restaurants (Paris by Mouth)

This Paris by Mouth page has daily updates on how COVID-19 is affecting Paris restaurants.

How to Have a Successful Virtual Happy Hour (New York Times)

You’re probably all up on your online partying by now, but if not, here are a few tips from the NY Times

(Virtual!) Cocktail Party Conversation Starters

Get all tongue tied around new people? Try this week’s virtual cocktail party conversation starters next time you’re stuck for small talk…

Did you hear about…

The creepy detail taking this Tik Tok video viral?

This toilet paper cake?

These penis facemasks?

A mysterious burning object over UK skies?

All the funniest things that happened this week?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

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