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.
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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.
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.