Craving a refreshing summer beverage but don’t feel comfortable grabbing a table at your favorite bar or restaurant yet? Lucky for you, many establishments across Montgomery County are still offering cocktails to go as part of their takeout menu. Here are four that are mixing up craft cocktails like margaritas, mezcal mules and more for your at-home drinking enjoyment.
Brew Belly in Olney may be well known for their beer, but when COVID-19 hit they began trying their hand at craft cocktails to go—and the results were a game changer. “We’re using a lot of hibiscus syrups and different flavors that we normally wouldn’t sell here, and the community support has been awesome,” says manager Bridgette Lerche. “Without this and without the support, I don’t know if we would have made it through quarantine.”
Customers have especially been loving their jalapeno margarita made with tequila, house made sour mix, orange liqueur, and fresh jalapenos. All cocktails come in 32-ounce plastic containers that make about four drinks and can be recycled when finished. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages to check out their weekly Cocktail Club menu. Prices start at $16.
Summer is the perfect time to try Casa Oaxaca’s to-go margaritas and cocktails. Sip on a classic margarita, or add some sweetness with flavors like strawberry, watermelon, mango and passion fruit. Not a margarita person? Check out the Bethesda restaurant’s mezcal mule or their famous TMC (tequila, mezcal and cucumbers). Get a single 12-ounce lidded cup, or a quart-sized plastic container. Prices start at $8.
Caddie’s Bar and Grill
When alcohol restrictions were loosened, Caddie’s in Bethesda immediately jumped at the chance to start providing fresh cocktails for their customers again. “We basically had to take what we normally did for cocktails and make it better,” says owner Ronnie Heckman. “We’ve created more craft cocktails than we usually do, we make our own sour mix daily and we brought in some better liquor brands to justify the price increase and provide a better product for at-home drinks.”
Try their margaritas with homemade, fresh sour mix, or their flavorful orange and grapefruit crushes. Each cocktail comes in either a 16- or 32-ounce plastic container and can be ordered online or over the phone. “We really hope the state considers giving more freedom to restaurants because we’d love to make this a permanent feature,” says Heckman. Prices start at $16.
The 4 Corners Pub
This Silver Spring pub is mixing up some delicious cocktails for you to take home. Their craft cocktail list includes orange and grapefruit crushes made with freshly squeezed fruit; a peach daiquiri made with rum, peach schnapps, lime juice, orange juice and grenadine; and a jolly rancher made with vodka, sour apple schnapps, sour watermelon schnapps, sours mix and Sprite. For a weekend brunch at home, try their a quart-sized bloody mary or mimosa. Prices start at $5.50.
Tell us: Where are your favorite places to pick up a to-go cocktail?