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Cocktail kits satisfy your inner bartender, and support our favorite places too

Cocktail kits satisfy your inner bartender, and support our favorite places too

Sarah Sole

We know you like your to-go cocktails, Columbus. 

But if we may be so bold as to suggest something a bit “wilder”, why not consider cocktail kits? They let you feel a little bit like a mixologist from the comfort of your own kitchen when the weather outside is frightful. We like them for a night in or as a gift for that hard-to-buy friend or family member. 

And you can find them a variety of places now as more bars and restaurants are finding creative ways to adapt to the pandemic. 

Here’s a rundown of kits from a handful of local outfits to get you started. Raise that glass, and let’s toast to staying in tonight. 


The Pearl, kits for two

Bourbon Apple Punch, $22. High West Bourbon, local apple cider, Watershed Apple Brandy, bay leaf spiced simple.

The Cure Punch, $22. Ketel One Botanicals, guava nectar, passionfruit, mint simple, fresh lemon, cava.

Elixir Punch, $22. Guild Series Gin, lavender simple, fresh lime, house tonic.

Manhattan, $24. Old Forester Bourbon, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters.

Moscow Mule, $20. Watershed Vodka, fresh lime juice, fresh ginger, ginger beer.

The Guild House, kits for two

Vodka, $24. OYO Barrel Aged Honey Vanilla, pear, Velvet Falernum.

Bourbon, $24. Near North Old Forester, Caribbean spices, fresh grapefruit juice.

Gin, $24. Watershed Guild Series Gin, rosemary, raisins, fresh lemon juice.

Photo courtesy of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Marcellas, kits for two 

White Sangria, Short North $32. Polaris $27. Citrus, fresh orange, white wine.

Red Sangria, Short North $32. Polaris $27. Fresh berries, Primativo wine.

Tuscan Limonata, Short North $20. Polaris $19. Belvedere Citrus Vodka, homemade limoncello, hand squeezed lemon, Peroni.

Milan Manhattan, Short North $20. Polaris $18. Old Forester Bourbon, Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth, vanilla, bitters.

The Barn, kits for two

Bourbon Hemingway, $24. Luxardo, fresh grapefruit, lime.

Manhattan/Man Flight, $24/30. Tennessee: Jack Daniels, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, orange bitters.

Kentucky: Bulleit Bourbon, Boissiere Sweet Vermouth, cherry bitters.

George Dickel Rye Whiskey, Boissiere Sweet Vermouth, Old Fashioned bitters.

The Brand, $24. Woodford Rye, molasses, 1821 bitters.

The Avenue, kits for two

Brooklyn, $24. Old Forester Bourbon, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Amaro Nonino, Luxardo Maraschino.

Manhattan, $24. Watershed Bourbon, Dolin Rouge Vermouth, nocino, orange bitters.

Planter’s Punch, $22. Ron Zacapa, fresh pineapple, citrus, housemade grenadine.

Martini, kits for two

Dark Cherry, $26. Old Forester Near North Bourbon, fresh vanilla bean, amaretto-soaked cherries. 

Spritz, $26. Housemade Aperol, Prosecco, orange.

Empress Old Fashioned, $24. Rye, Cardamaro, plum, bitters.

Lincoln Social, kits for two

Big Mandy Margarita, $28. Cazadores Reposado, Grand Marnier, pear, fresh lime.

Old Fashioned, $28. George Dickel Rye, orange, cherry, sugar.

Hibiscus Mule, $26. Hibiscus tea and ginger, High Bank Vodka, honey, citrus.

Hudson 29, kits for two

Bourbon & Cola, $22. Bulleit Bourbon, Tawny Port, brown sugar, raspberries, fresh lemon.

Blood Orange Margarita, $22. Avion Reposado, blood orange puree, Mezcal, fresh lime.

Gin & Tonic, $22. Watershed Guild Series Gin, fresh lemon, house tonic.

Del Mar, kits for two

Tropicalia, $22. Ketel One Vodka, citrus, mint, avocado.

For the Win, $22. Watershed Guild Series Gin, strawberry, pearl, citrus.

Beach Party, $22. Pineapple-Infused Aperol, citrus, strawberry, rose.

Cap City, kits for two

Margarita, $19. El Jimador Tequila, fresh lime, Cointreau, Grand Marnier.

Rum Runner, $22. Plantation Silver Rum, fresh pineapple, orange, grenadine.

Manhattan, $21. George Dickel Rye, strawberry preserves, infused sweet vermouth, bitters.

Cameron’s, kits for two 

Vanilla Side Car, $24. OYO Honey Vanilla Vodka, Grand Marnier, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, fresh lemon juice.

Cucumber Smash, $22. Pineapple-infused Finlandia Vodka, fresh lime, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño agave.

Smoked Margarita, $20. El Jimador Tequila, Grand Marnier, house-infused agave, fresh lime juice.

Molly Woo’s, kits for two

Blackberry Bourbon, $20. Marker’s Mark, Courvoisier, blackberry and raspberry puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup.

Asian Pear Fixx, $20. Grey Goose Le Poire, pear puree, Prosecco, simple syrup, fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Dragon Punch, $20. Bacardi Superior Rum, raspberry and peach puree, fresh orange, cranberry juice.

Bonus: While it’s not a kit, The Kitchen Columbus is offering a 12 Cocktails of Boozemas bundle for $120. The drinks can also be purchased individually. 

Peppermint Martini, $11. White chocolate liqueur, Peppermint Bark Rumchata, vanilla vodka,  candy cane rim.

Pink Bunny Pajamas, $10. Tequila, orange liqueur, cherry, house sour.

Ovaltine Martini, $10. Vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, Ovaltine rim.

Holiday Sipper, $11. Midori, Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao, cream.

Naughty or Nice, $11. Bourbon, St. Germain, citrus, grapefruit bitters, peach bitters, thyme.

Berry Cosmo, $11. Vodka, Chambord, cranberry, lime, rosemary. 

Spiced Pear Margarita, $10. Tequila, orange liqueur, spiced pear liqueur, house sour. 

Cinn City Old Fashioned, $10. Bourbon, house-made vanilla/cinnamon syrup, black walnut bitters.

Always Picked Last, $12. Vanilla vodka, house-made limoncello, house-made honey/ginger syrup, lemon. 

Pretty in Pink, $11. Tequila, Luxardo Cherry Liqueur, cranberry, rosemary, lime.

Apples $ Oranges, $12. Vodka, house-made orangecello, house-made vanilla/cinnamon syrup, lemon, apple cider. 

Chocolate Covered Rum, $11. Spiced rum, house-made cranberry/orange syrup, chocolate, orange, cranberry bitters. 


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