After Washington relaxed liquor laws that temporarily allow all licensees to sell sealed bottles of booze for takeout or delivery, some Seattle establishments began selling cocktail kits for at-home mixing. As the state likely won’t allow to-go sales of single-serve cocktails any time soon, this is one workaround to try to generate as much revenue as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The kits include various ingredients for cocktail making, from the base spirits to various accompanying flavors. Other places are selling kits sans alcohol, as a way to sell off some of the ingredients lingering behind the bar.
The exact offerings change frequently, as businesses sell down their supplies — and each kit must be paired with a food purchase, per Washington’s revised rules. Below is a list of restaurants and bars offering cocktail kits; if you know of others, or have spotted changes to selections, email us a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This internationally influenced street food restaurant in Capitol Hill is selling a handful of cocktail kits for takeout, including the restaurant’s take on palomas, old fashioneds, and bloody marys. Nue’s website has accompanying recipes and video instructions.
Othello’s New Mexican restaurant is selling its margarita mix on its own or paired with a bottle of tequila.
The Belltown tiki bar is offering take-home kits for five of its cocktails, though booze isn’t included. The bar provides the recipes, mixes, and garnishes for finishing at home, and half of the proceeds go directly to staff.
Navy Strength’s Belltown sibling bar is offering kits for curbside pickup, though it was still finalizing its menu as of this writing. The kits will include spirits, bitters, and various other ingredients.
This restaurant in the State Hotel Downtown is selling an assortment of cocktail kits to-go, including booze. The options range from original concoctions to classics like the negroni and bloody mary.
The French-leaning Chophouse Row restaurant now sells bottled cocktail mixes for at-home concoctions. They’re available for pickup at the restaurant’s takeaway window.
This neighborhood bar in Fremont sells its popular old fashioned drink as a kit with Whistle Pig Piggyback rye, as well as bloody mary kits to-go. Chicken and waffles are among the takeout items for brunch fans.
Magnolia’s all-day cafe is selling Hendrick’s gin and tonic kits. Menu items include sliders, nachos, and mezze platters.
Fremont’s popular Mexican spot now has margarita kits available, available in different sizes. The biggest one costs $45, comes with a liter of Lunazul tequila, and can make 12-16 drinks.
West Seattle’s smokehouse has an old fashioned kit with demerara syrup, bitters, luxardo-soaked maraschino cherries, and a recipe card. According to the restaurant, the $60 package can make 15 cocktails.
Queen Anne’s venerated fine-dining establishment is selling a selection of different kits, including mai tai packages that come with Plantation dark rum, Pierre Ferrand curacao, orgeat, mint, and orchid flower garnish.
The Capitol Hill spot near Cal Anderson Park is selling ingredients to make old fashioneds, including a bottle of whiskey, and two free glasses. There’s also a martini kit, with a choice of vodka or gin, ice, vermouth, olives, bitters, and martini glasses.
This Japanese-influenced nightlife mainstay in Capitol Hill now sells a variety of home cocktail kits, including ingredients — including booze — to make various highballs, a yuzu mimosa, and Moscow mule. It’ll even throw in a “premium” ice cube if requested.
This Capitol Hill taco shop is selling margarita kits, which include the restaurant’s from-scratch margarita mix. The kits are available for pick-up.
The Cajun-inspired Rainier Beach bar sells classic cocktail kits for making drinks like Manhattans and negronis, plus a “kit of the moment,” which will rotate occasionally. They’re available for pick-up only.
The Italian restaurant inside the Amazon Spheres is selling cocktail kits to make negronis, Moscow mules, daiquiris, martinis, and more. Orders can be placed by phone or email for pick-up. Sibling restaurant The Whale Wins in Fremont has some kits as well, including vodka limonatas, sazeracs, and Aperol spritzes, as well as customized ones.
To complement its excellent Mexican fare, Ballard’s Gracia sells a margarita kit, which comes with the restaurant’s from-scratch sour mix, a bottle of tequila, limes, and salt.