Ina Garten made the biggest quarantine cosmopolitan cocktail ever

Ina Garten at arrivals for MARY POPPINS...

Ina Garten is my favorite of all the Food Network people. Ina Garten isn’t trying to be “liked” by peasants. She’s not looking to take part in Cupcake Genocide: The Icing War of Attrition, or whatever dumb contest is happening these days. Ina just wants to make roast chicken for her husband Jeffrey and play cards and get drunk with her gay dude friends while Jeffrey is away. 30 Rock devoted a lot of time and space to the theory that Ina and Jeffrey have the perfect weekend marriage, and that they give each other the space where Ina just cooks great food for all of her Hamptons peeps during the week, then makes tons of comfort food for Jeffrey (who always loves whatever she makes) on the weekends.

I have not spared a thought for Ina during this massive coronavirus lockdown. I figured she was chilling in the Hamptons with Jeffrey, and maybe one of her friends would occasionally sneak over and she would make two batches of brownies (from scratch) to celebrate. But it looks like Ina is actually having a tough time. Ina needs the mother of all cocktails for the mother of all Quarantine Happy Hours. Ina posted this at like 9 a.m. on Wednesday, OMG!

Honestly though… more power to her. She’s doing the best she can and if Ina wants a giant Cosmo, so be it. I love her. She’s winning the quarantine. My only question is: does Ina have enough liquor supplies to drunkenly ride out this lockdown? Her pantry is to die for, but I bet she’s already running low on tons of stuff.

Now that I’m looking through her IG, she’s been giving out lots of recipes and tips for quarantine cooking. Lots of soups! I might actually try that ramen chicken noodle soup, that looks amazing. So does her Tuscan White Bean Soup.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Ina’s Mexican Chicken Soup (what we call tortilla soup here in TX) was the very first thing I made when I saw we were going to have to isolate. I froze a ton of it. So good.

  2. Mellie says:

    I like her recipes, and these are realistic things. I cook a lot during ‘normal’ times so I read many cooking blogs and some of these ‘pantry’ recipes crack me up…lots of things that I don’t have in my pantry, ever, but hers are things that I do typically have on hand.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I have somehow missed her IG until now. I just took a quick scroll through it and saw so much I want to make.

    I’ve been trying to get into Julia Child, but lordy. There is a lot of butter and cream, lol.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    That drink looks good! But OMG huge.

    • Esmom says:

      I thought it looked good, too, and I don’t even drink. I think it was the lime juice, lol.

  5. FHMom says:

    Before the quarantine my sister made me some of her asparagus soup. She had leftover and was going to save it for our mother, but I talked her into giving it to me instead. I shared with no one. Everyone has to do what they can to get through this. Honestly, I think here in the NY area we have at least 2 more months of this. I’m semi proud of myself I haven’t had a drink yet, but at some point I’m going to have to break out the wine. I’m going to try out a new vodka sauce recipe this weekend so I’m think that calls for wine.

    • Esmom says:

      Your mention of vodka sauce reminds me of something that happened the other day. I was at the grocery store at 7:00am and the woman in front of me was buying a big bottle of vodka. It was actually closer to 6:58 or so and apparently the store couldn’t sell er the vodka until 7:00. So they sold there for two minutes waiting for the clock to turn so the cashier could ring it up.

      As she waited, the woman loudly announced to everyone that she was buying the vodka to make vodka pasta sauce, that her kids were spoiled and would only eat homemade vodka sauce, that vodka sauce in a jar made her whole family vomit. She was going on and on. I just wanted to tell her that it was okay if she was buying the vodka to drink at 7:00am. No one was judging, especially during a pandemic, lol.

  6. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Have just put down my glass of Baileys and pointed, squawking, at the screen with mouth open like a voracious baby bird: WAAAAANT!!
    (And I only drink on average of four times a year…)

    • lizzieb says:

      So true! I rarely drink and I loved this and wanted a cosmo so bad…wanted to be 90’s fabulous for just a moment

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        Go for it! Join me in my mid afternoon debauchery! I do hate to drink alone.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        My eyes are glued to the clock every afternoon, until it’s about 5 pm: WINE TIME!! I think if I didn’t keep to the clock, I’d be drinking all day. By the time we’re not afraid to go out, I’ll be an alcoholic! 😄

        Man, I wish I was there… HEY.. there’s a tv show: “Isolating with Ina!”

      • Tulip says:

        If you’ll have me I’d love to keep you company as well. You should always have someone to drink with online, now that we’re all in isolation.

      • Giddy says:

        Mid afternoon debauchery sounds like the title of a fabulous French film!

  7. Insomniac says:

    OMG, I cracked up laughing when she whipped out that giant martini glass. When the VA shutdown rules and exemptions were announced, people on my NextDoor group were saying “Liquor stores are considered an essential business? Really?” and I was like YES, YES THEY ARE.

  8. Liz version 700 says:

    I read so many funny twitter comments about this it was so funny! My favorite part is when she says “oh no one is coming over.” Lol

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Yep, that was very funny and sad at the same time. Ina said it in a ‘oops oh yeah,’ wink, wink matter of fact way. But knowing how guests used to always show up at her door made the comment sad but yeah, in a funny kind of way…

  9. manda says:

    I am enjoying the day drinking and eating too much as I have already gained 5 pounds, which makes me unhappy. I have never needed much of an excuse to have treats in the form of baked goods and glasses of wine, so I just need to reel that back in to the weekends, like in the old days when I was able to actually go to the gym. BUT, I will also say this, today is my friday, and so I will have some wine during my “happy hour” after I’m done working for the day. Happy hour at home is the best! :)

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      @Manda Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. Try one session per two glasses of wine for weight maintenance:) Some of the later sessions really work up a sweat, and leave you beautifully toned!

      • manda says:

        thank you for the rec! I was going to start hunting around for a home workout soon!

      • Dazed and Confused says:

        @Andrew’s Nemesis — Great suggestion! Yoga with Adriene is an absolute lifesaver. In addition to my daily practice with her, I have her “6 minute chill” video marked to find it easily. When I get anxious or frustrated with working at home, that video helps me find my center.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        @Dazed and Confused She’s brilliant, isn’t she? An absolutely adorable fruitcake who is consistently kind, unlike some yoga teachers I’ve had in the past who were just kooky without the cute (one: ‘I can see, like, little wriggly creatures of energy floating around my body’ – delivered in a broad Yorkshire accent). When my legs stop shaking and today’s Irish Cream binge has worn off (ooof, am lightheaded!) will to back to doing Day 17 from her first 30 days series, followed immediately by Day 15 from her latest, and then one of the abs sessions. Thanks be to Adriene!

      • Dazed and Confused says:

        @Andrew’s Nemesis – I started doing her “Home” 30 days on day one of a 30 day stay-at-home order from my state. Seemed appropriate. Today was day 10. I find myself looking forward to doing my yoga with her every day. Hope your practice went well :)

    • KellyRyan says:

      Ha! Ha! I’m up super early so lunchtime is perfect for me, vino and lunch followed by a power nap. :) And the weight gain, less than 10 lbs. As soon as I hit the trails I’ll level out again.

  10. Hotsauceinmybag says:

    Watching all that vodka go into that pitcher made my stomach turn, lol 🥴 but the finish product looked good! I need to check out her Instagram.

  11. CROOKSANDNANNIES says:

    In college, I bought my friend a plastic martini glass exactly that size and a jumbo plastic margarita glass for myself. We’d take them out to parties because people just can’t resist filling them haha

  12. JanetDR says:

    That was cute! I would love one of those right now .
    I am really jealous of people who are not struggling to master new platforms to work from home. I just figured out that my new computer doesn’t have a camera ( I am so tired of replacing perfectly good laptops because they stop protecting the operating system so I went with a desktop that can at least be added to). I imagine that work will figure out something for me, but I am not excited about providing speech therapy to special needs 2 and 3 year olds via computers…. although I guess there will be parent coaching opportunities.

    • Abby says:

      Oh hugs! You are doing good work. I have a big monitor and the camera is way at the top so it looks weird for video conference. I bought a very inexpensive camera to prop on a book under the monitor and it works great. Look up Logitech Cameras. Good luck!!

  13. Abby says:

    Oh this just made my whole morning. This is the content I’m living for right now. 😆

  14. Charfromdarock says:

    If I had to be on lockdown with any celebrity it would be her.

    We could day drink and eat our way through this.

  15. Spicecake38 says:

    I adore Ina I actually find watching her puts me to sleep-I mean that is a good way,she is just so calming.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Exactly! She should make some YouTubes just reading recipes for meditation before sleep. I could become a good cook subliminally!

  16. KellyRyan says:

    I’ve been noodle girl of late due to colder weather. One of the few recipes I haven’t worked with. I enjoy pho and Thai noodles with lemon grass. We no longer have the Food Network on cable in our area. I do miss it.

  17. Quincytoo says:

    Ina is my favourite celebrity chef
    I have a lot of her cookbooks and her recipes are great
    Cooking for Jeffery lemon roasted butterflied chicken is amazing
    Now I want Lemon Roasted Chicken for breakfast along with a Cosmo 😳🥴

  18. S says:

    The word “hero” gets thrown around a lot, but cheers to Ina.

  19. L4frimaire says:

    This cocktail video was the best laugh I had Ina few days. The size of that glass. Plus it looked so good! I really wanted a cosmo afterwards but settled for a shot of Barbancourt rum ( later on), not a day drinker😁.

  20. adastraperaspera says:

    This is the best description I’ve ever heard of Ina! I adore her.

    “Ina just wants to make roast chicken for her husband Jeffrey and play cards and get drunk with her gay dude friends while Jeffrey is away.”

  21. Sportlady20 says:

    She’s the best, her Italian wedding soup with chicken meatballs is so good, I’ve made it numerous times & it always turns out. I

  22. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I can’t have ramens without loading up lol. Between packets of ramens and udons, I’m the queen of emptying the fridge into bowls o’noodles lol.

  23. Swan Lake says:

    I love Ina and her recipes.

  24. songbirds_thrive says:

    I love this! I love Ina Garten! Thanks for sharing.

    Ina is really cool and laid back, and so are her recipes and her cooking shows. I’m getting stir crazy self-isolating, so that quarantine cocktail is sounding about right for me. But Ina saying we probably have all the ingredients on hand is just wrong in my case. I’d have to go out and get some Vodka and the prosec. Plus, I ran out of fresh limes and cranberry juice too. Putting these items on my stock-up list, pronto. LOL

    Plus the ingredients for that chicken soup too. Yum!

  25. songbirds_thrive says:

    Check out Ina’s chicken stew with biscuits recipe!

    https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/chicken-stew-with-biscuits

  26. Silvie says:

    I was invited to an awards event about 10 years ago at which Ina, Oprah, and about 20 other major celebrities were in attendance. Literally everyone raved about Ina. Everyone. She is a celebrity favorite of celebrities. Tina Fey couldn’t stop praising her brownie recipes. I LOVE INA.

  27. Summer says:

    She has such a knack for making complicated recipes look simple. A lot of talent.