Everyone has different ways of coping with social distancing — even celebrities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger lets his pet pony and donkey wander around his kitchen. January Jones puts a pound of salt in her bathwater. And Ina Garten mixes up enormous cocktails.

On Wednesday morning, the host of “The Barefoot Contessa” posted a video on her Instagram account, in which she urged the importance of keeping traditions alive while quarantined. Proving she’s doing her bit to maintain the tradition of Cocktail Hour, Garten mixed up her drink of choice: The Cosmopolitan.


Though the video posted around 9 a.m. (presumably just after she mixed up the drink), Garten reminded her followers that “It’s always cocktail hour in a crisis!”

While preparing the ingredients for her oversized Cosmo, Garten explained: “I like to make a big pitcher; you never know who’s stopping by.” She then quickly added: “Wait. No one’s stopping by,” before pouring most of the cocktail into a single, enormous Martini glass.

For those interested in replicating Garten’s Cosmo at home, her recipe follows:


  • 2 cups Vodka
  • 1 cup Cointreau (or any triple sec)
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup freshly-squeezed lime juice (“Gotta be freshly-squeezed. Very important.”)


  1. Mix ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Pour into a “very big” cocktail shaker, with plenty of ice.
  3. Shake for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Pour and serve. Makes 1-6 cocktails.

In addition to cocktails big enough to share (or not), Garten has also been continuously updating her Instagram page, which Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic calls “one of the most soothing and wholesome places on the internet” right now. Garten’s tips include how to organize leftovers and make stock, as well as examples of creative comfort food.