“I’m coming out of this global pandemic either a master chef or an alcoholic,” one meme on social media quipped. Ina Garten, an American celebrity chef, posted a video online mixing up a jumbo sized pitcher of cosmopolitan because “you never know who’s gonna stop by… wait a minute no one is stopping by”, she laughs, with a knowing twinkle in her eye, before pouring the cocktail into an oversized martini glass. And to fill the pub-sized gap in people’s social lives, many are joining online happy hours for a virtual clink of glasses, safe in the knowledge they won’t have far to fall into bed after one too many afterwork drinks.

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