We’re sure you’re getting pretty good at pouring some whiskey in your coffee mug around 5:00 (or maybe 4:30… but what even is time when you’re indoors all day?) each evening–but after a few weeks of isolation, you might miss the finesse of a cocktail prepared by a properly trained bartender. Well, thanks to temporarily relaxed liquor laws, that’s now possible. Several local establishments are keeping their bar teams employed by offering pre-made cocktails and cocktail kits for takeout and delivery.
This intimate cocktail den inside Eagle Rock’s 5 Line Tavern is offering fully mixed and prepped batches of classic cocktails including negronis, margaritas, and daiquiris, as well as favorites from their menu of house creations. Each batch includes multiple servings and comes with a small snack item (as legally required). Order by booking an appointment for contactless pickup on Tock. Pick-ups are available from 1-3 p.m. daily; orders must be placed by 10 p.m. the previous night. $58-$68.
A new program that has popped up in cities across the county to support bartenders and small spirits brands, Sourced Craft Cocktails sends out 12-serving kits that include one 750 mL bottle of alcohol, a premixed bottle of everything else you need for your cocktail, a jigger to measure, and cups. Sourced Craft Cocktails is committed to keeping local bartenders working, paying them $15 per hour, and donating a portion from every sale the U.S. Bartending Guild’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program to cover urgent expenses for professionals in the field who have been laid off due to the pandemic. Order on the Source Craft Cocktails website. All orders will be hand-delivered by one of the bartender employees. $74-$96.
The agave specialists at Madre are doing their part, supplementing their delivery and takeout food orders with a menu of cocktails to-go. Enjoy margaritas, micheladas, palomas, and signature drinks, in six-, three-, or single-serving sizes. Order on Madre website for pick-up or delivery from either location. $6-$38.
WeHo’s Employees Only was one of the first to launch take-out cocktails–and their offerings are among the fanciest. Kits to make your favorite signature drinks from their menu come pre-prepped with spirits, fresh juices, house-made syrups, and other craft elements. All you need is ice and a shaker. Don’t forget: All cocktail orders must include food as well. Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 323-563-9045; menu on website. $12.
Relatively few restaurants in Malibu are set up for curbside takeout, so the fact that Carbon Beach Club is doing food and cocktails makes it all the sweeter for westsiders. Select from the restaurant’s full bar menu and then just roll up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu Beach Inn’s door to collect. Call 310-651-7777 to order; menu available on website. From $9 per serving.
Charming Corona del Mar spot Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens has flipped to a curbside take-out market keeping O.C. residents stocked. And that includes batched cocktails. Options include the “Quarantini” made with local aquavit. Each batch contains two servings. Order by calling 949-640-1415; menu available on website. $20.