Bottomless mimosas at Sunday brunch, post-work happy hours and cocktails at the club are a thing of the past right now, and when we get to experience them again is one big giant question mark. Weeks? Months? I refuse even to think it's going to be years.
Most restaurants and bars have had to change their business model during the coronavirus pandemic completely — transitioning to takeout and delivery-only to stay open in some capacity. We go to these establishments to eat, of course, but we also go to them to drink. And since we aren't all trained mixologists, it can be hard to replicate some of your favorite drinks at home.
For the past two months of the stay-home order, tons of Seattle restaurants have created cocktail kits for this very reason. From bloody marys to margaritas, these kits enable you to create bar-level drinks right at home!
But now, bars have the green light to sell cocktails to-go! On May 6, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced bars and restaurants are now allowed to sell to-go drinks as long as they are purchased with food. Being allowed to sell to-go cocktails will not only help restaurants and bars during this difficult time, but it will allow us to enjoy their delicious drinks again — cheers to that!
Since this development is relatively new, make sure to check if the restaurant offers kits or to-go drinks next time you order takeout. Here are just some of the many options in Seattle at the moment.
Spicy Margarita, Cosmo + Moscow Mule + Lemon Drop, Martini and Old Fashioned are just some of the kits available from this bar in Capitol Hill. These kits include everything you'd need to make a killer cocktail in minutes. Plus, each cocktail has a video tutorial available on YouTube.
Now, they also have cocktails to-go sealed in mason jars, including Manhattans, Negronis, Margaritas and more. Cure Cocktail is also offering a pretty sweet deal — their Netflix & Chill Charcuterie & Cheese Board. When you order this, you get a bottle of red wine and two wine glasses for free!
This Mexican restaurant in Fremont offers kits and to-go cocktails, bottled beer, wine and hard to find tequilas and mezcals. Margaritas have been the most popular cocktail kit, followed closely by their fire-roasted bloody mary kit and six-pack build your own micheladas. You can get the marg kits in two sizes:
- Margaritas All Night (makes about 4-6 cocktails) for $30
- Margarita Rager (makes about 12-16 cocktails) starting at $45
As rules and regulations continue to evolve, so does Jude's Old Town. They've got cocktail kits including all the alcohol, citrus, garnishes and ingredients you'll need to create the perfect at-home adult beverage. They come equipped with a recipe card and tips, as well. One kit they recommend is the Pineapple Negroni.
Jude's offers three kinds of cocktail to-go: fizzy, frozen and, what they call, fabulous! Choose from a variety of sparkling drinks, boozy slushies and regular menu cocktails. And on the weekends, they are pairing their bloody mary kits with treats like cinnamon rolls and scones from Beach Bakery. Place an order by Friday at noon and pick up on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Located in Phinney Ridge, Oliver's Twist is primarily a cocktail bar with limited food items. When the COVID-19 restrictions went into effect, owner Karuna Long said they decided to open a takeout pop-up offering Cambodian food to get them through this crisis. And, ultimately, it's worked.
And now that they have the go-ahead to start selling to-go cocktails, Long said the "future doesn't seem too bleak." The to-go cocktail menu at Oliver's Twist offers single and double serves, as well as 2 oz. neat pours of exclusive whiskeys for enthusiasts. Those rotate weekly on their Instagram. Customers can also preorder cocktail kits two days in advance, and they will build it to specified serving sizes.
This bar in Fremont is rolling with the punches as the coronavirus pandemic evolves. As regulations allow them to do more, the team at Triangle Spirits is staying true to their roots: that cocktails are fun!
Cocktail kits range from single-serve to family size. They have a daily featured beverage where they pair liquors with unexpected mixers, like Capri Sun and rum. They're also selling their private barrels that are normally only sold by the shot. For premixed cocktails and bottled cocktails, they offer several options from their regular cocktail menu in different sizes.
You guys — this is just the tip of the iceberg. Do a little Google search just to see the kinds of cocktails to-go and kits available in Seattle right now.