Happy hour comes home with DIY cocktail kits from local bars and restaurants

click to enlarge Take Taco Tuesday to the next level with a margarita kit from Cochinito. - COCHINITO TAQUERIA
Cochinito Taqueria
Take Taco Tuesday to the next level with a margarita kit from Cochinito.
At the end of March, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board issued a temporary rules change to allow restaurants with a spirits license to sell sealed liquor to-go when purchased with food. Since then, eateries have gotten creative with options like pre-made cocktails (currently allowed in Idaho only), mixers and drink kits to recreate a cocktail bar experience from the safety of home.

Here’s some options that caught our eye lately.
  • In Coeur d’Alene, 315 Martinis & Tapas has put its bartenders to work mixing up pre-made cocktails, sold in sealed jars, for curbside pickup. During the offer’s first weekend, the bar sold more than 500 drinks in just a few hours. Get updates on Facebook.
  • In addition to selling sealed bottles of vodka, whiskey, gin, rum and tequila to-go (and for quite a bargain), nYne Bar & Bistro has introduced several cocktail kits over the past weeks, for mules, margaritas, rum punch and some of its house favorites.
  • Coeur d’Alene’s Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery is selling pre-made, small-batch cocktails through its online ordering system. Choices include a huckleberry lemon drop, mojito, whiskey sour, bloody mary and house specials like the Basil Instinct and Tropic Thunder.
  • click to enlarge Shrubs and other mixers are available to-go. - HOGWASH WHISKEY DEN
    Hogwash Whiskey Den
    Shrubs and other mixers are available to-go.
    The team at Hogwash Whiskey Den has been mixing up tasty shrubs and mixers to make home bartending a breeze. A grapefruit cardamom shrub ($12 for a 16-ounce jar) is one of many recent choices available to pick up with a food order and to enjoy from the safe distance of your own patio. See the latest offerings on Facebook.
  • Cochinito Taqueria continues to offer margarita kits made with fresh-squeezed juices and house syrups. Next time you stop by for tacos to-go, choose one of three marg options for $12 each: classic lime, prickly pear agua fresca or Jamaica. Add a bottle of El Jimador tequila for $20 and take Taco Tuesday to the next level.
  • Since reopening for carry-out service a few weeks ago, the Globe Bar & Kitchen downtown added cocktail kits, including gin and tonics, mimosas, margaritas and pina coladas, to its menu, which is available daily for take-out and delivery from noon to 8 pm.
  • The Elk Public House was one of the first spots to roll out cocktail kits to-go as soon as the LCB allowed it. The bar continues to rotate its offerings from classics to house specialties like the El Que’s margarita mix.

For more options like this, check out the Inlander's take-out and delivery guide. Use the search feature to pull up results for terms like "cocktails" and "spirits."

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Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...