These are the best cocktail kits mixed up by Dallas restaurants & bars
The coronavirus pandemic, while keeping Dallas in check, is not keeping Dallas restaurants in the lurch, and cocktail kits are the perfect example.
While restaurants and bars are temporarily closed, Texas Governor Greg Abbott – in one of the few good things he has ever done – has issued a waiver allowing them to sell take-away alcohol. He could have done better if he had allowed them to sell their actual mixed drinks to take away – better for the restaurants, better for the customers. But Abbott’s rule is that restaurants can only sell alcohol in bottles.
This has sparked a wave of creativity from restaurants making kits where you buy alcohol, mixers, side dishes, and other ingredients to make your cocktails at home.
Note: If you want to buy alcohol, TABC laws dictate that you must buy a grocery item. Good old TABC!
The avocado-themed restaurant in Trinity Groves has a range of sweet “avo” twist kits: Avopalmer for $ 30, Avocolado kits for $ 30, Margaritas for $ 35, Ranch Water kits for $ 35, and Old Fashioneds for 25 USD. 469-436-7231.
Beto & Son
The Tex-Mex restaurant in Trinity Groves offers five kits: Margarita, Ranch Water, Moscow Mule, and Carajillo for roadside pickup or delivery via Favor, and mimosa kits for Sunday brunch.
Blue Goose Cantina
Tex-Mex Fave offers a variety of cocktail kits, including a “Goose-a-Rita” four-pack, frozen or on the rocks, for $ 38; a ranch water kit with lunazul and topo chico; a Tito kit with a choice of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix or OJ; and a Blue Goose pitcher that makes 2 gallons for $ 14. Order online for roadside collection from your nearest location.
There are five “DIY” cocktail kits available in Uptown Hangout, each packaged with a 375 ml sealed bottle and juices. Options include old-fashioned with Maker’s Mark Bourbon; Herbal Collins with Tito’s vodka, lemon, rosemary, basil and topo chico; Daiquiri with Pyrat Rum; Immunity Tonic with New Amsterdam Gin, Lime, Ginger and Turmeric Jalapeno Mint Paloma with Camarena Silver Tequila, Mint Jalapeno and Grapefruit Soda. Call 214-484-1385 beforehand.
This chain’s Addison and Fort Worth locations in the southwest produce quartitas and gallons of margaritas. Call 972-934-0165.
Biscuit Concept offers a dozen batch cocktails, including margaritas with Sauza Gold, Herradura Agave, and Grand Marnier for $ 35. Blackberry Tequila Smash for $ 30; Brunch Punch, a pineapple, lemon, and almond punch with sparkling wine for $ 19; Low Country Lemonade with Wild Turkey Whiskey for $ 24; Veranda tea with grapefruit vodka and peach liquor for $ 24. Menu here.
The Spanish restaurant in Legacy West offers $ 25 Red and White Sangria Pitchers.
The Neapolitan pizza chain offers Moscow mule kits, including a mix-at-home version of their pomegranate mule: You can get ginger beer, lime, and pomegranate-hibiscus syrup ready to be mixed with Tito’s vodka for just $ 8 .
Tequila company offers pick-up or roadside delivery take-away cocktail kits at Pogo Ranch Water, including Casa Dragones Blanco 750ml, two Topo Chico, and two limes for $ 65.
HG Sply Co.
The Paleo chain offers cocktail kits and spirits bottles by an in-house team. Call 877-832-8723.
The Deep Ellum Bar offers nine kits including Old Fashioned, Margarita, Martini, Jameson Mule, and Southside Vodka. $ 60. Order online for roadside pickup from 4pm to 8:30 pm.
Preston Center Restaurant offers four premium bottled cocktails for pickup or roadside delivery via Alto: Old Fashioned with Knob Creek Bourbon, Aviation with London Dry Gin and Dry Cherry, Margarita with Hornitos Plata, and Cosmopolitan with Effen Vodka for $ 12 each. Call 214-361-0100.
Jaxon Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden
The downtown restaurant offers cocktails for delivery in 375 ml bottles with seven cocktails per batch order. Flavors include Spicy Pineapple Margarita, Highwest Double Rye Old Fashioned, and Tito’s Raspberry Gimlet. $ 30- $ 50. A mimosa kit offers a choice of prosecco or sparkling rose with OJ, strawberry-grapefruit juice, and pineapple upside-down mix for $ 40. A Bloody Mary kit contains 35 ml of Tito’s vodka and Jaxon’s BBQ mix for $ 45 and makes 7 drinks. Delivery via Grubhub, Caviar, Door Dash and Alto.
Park Cities Mexican restaurant offers margarita kits in three options: The Usual with a bottle of Casamigos Tequila 16 ounces José Margarita Mix, Topo Chico, and Turbo Salt Mix for $ 90; an Avión Margarita Kit with a 375 ml bottle of Avión Tequila, 16 ounces José Margarita Mix, Topo Chico, Turbo Salt Mix, and an Avión-branded mixing glass for $ 45; and mimosa with a bottle of Prosecco, OJ, and cranberry juice for $ 25. Call 214-891-5673 to order; Call ahead to book for a slot that you can collect from valet parking Monday through Friday from 3pm to 8pm or Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
The broken souls
The Expo Park Bar has cool kits where you can just add alcohol, as well as specialty hard-to-find liquors. The $ 8 margarita kit includes lime juice and orange bitters. Pair it with a $ 34 375ml bottle of La Gritona Tequila. The Gem & Bolt Mezcal Kit contains a 200ml bottle of Gem & Bolt Damiana Mezcal, a 200ml bottle of Gema de Sangre cocktail mix, two jicaras, a pair of handcrafted cubes and a handcrafted gem in a linen bag for 45 US Dollar. Order online for roadside pickup Tuesday through Friday from 5pm to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. Call 972-685-5666.
The Mexican restaurant has a take away margarita kit with 375 ml of Herradura silver tequila, lime juice, triple sec that makes 8 margaritas for $ 45. Call any of the six area locations (including La Hacienda Ranch) Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
The Mex chain has three kits: margarita with 12-ounce shaker, 3.75-ml bottle of Tequila Blanco, and 18-ounce Mesero’s citrus mixer for $ 50 – makes four with two extra shots; and a bloody Maria kit of tequila, Maria mix, and vegetable skewers for $ 50 – makes four with two extra shots. They also have a mimosa kit with sparkling brood and OJ, but it comes with disposable plastic flutes, Boo, don’t get that. Call the nearest location to pre-order.
The Mex-Mex chain has a margarita kit from $ 35 and a ranch water kit from $ 45. Call to order roadside / take-away at the Lakewood (469-998-1182) or Preston Forest (469-726-4390) locations Monday through Saturday, 11am to 8pm. They recommend paying by phone or bringing your own pen.
For your mambo taxi needs, some locations of this Dallas chain have frozen margarita kits of non-alcoholic frozen margaritas made with sugar-free, non-alcoholic Triple Sec. Add tequila or buy a margarita kit with a 200ml bottle of tequila. Call your nearest location.
Mot Hai Ba
The restaurant in East Dallas offers three cocktail kits for 4 with Vietnamese influences: The “Viet Marry” offers vodka, tomato juice, soy sauce and sriracha for 45 US dollars. Their mimosa has champagne and a selection of juices like orange / mint or grapefruit / basil for $ 40. The Le Sang kit includes gin, turmeric, and Thai basil and costs $ 45. Call ahead at 972-638-7468 or send an email to [email protected]
The steakhouse offers roadside cocktail kits for $ 45 that contain five cocktails, including pre-portioned mix, small-format liquor, and a side dish. Options include Bourbon Bloom, Cucumber Blueberry, Perry Berry Mule, Smoky Rita, and Jameson Mocha Old-Fashioned. To pre-order a roadside pickup, order online or call Uptown 214-855-5151, Grapevine 682-477-2261, or Frisco 214-494-4645.
Primos MX Kitchen & Lounge
Uptown Tex-Mex offers nine cocktail kits, including margaritas for four or six people, with a selection of tequila as well as mixed, lime, salt and plastic cups, either on the rocks or frozen. Other kits include Martini with Tito’s or Gray Goose Vodka, Olive Juice, and Olives for $ 28; and an old-fashioned kit of Wild Turkey or Knob Creek plus an orange simple syrup and 6 “fat” ice cubes for $ 28. Call 214-935-5111 or send an email to [email protected]
The Deep Ellum Bar offers six kits, including an espresso martini with homemade cold brew for $ 40. and a tropical daiquiri with Cruzan rum, passion fruit, and lime, $ 40 for six. You will be picked up from the roadside at certain times: Friday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 972-707-0607 or order online.
Kits include single serving bottles of Fireball, Jameson, Crown and Tequila with a blender of your choice. A Taylormade Adult Cherry Limeade kit includes a 375 ml bottle containing 3/4 gallon of their signature blend for $ 60. Call 844-588-2722.
The Japanese restaurant offers four kits, including the Blood Orange Margarita with Casamigos Tequila and freshly squeezed blood orange juice for $ 55. and a mule with Tito’s and Fever Tree ginger beer for $ 45. plus bottles of sake. Call 214-352-0005 for a roadside pickup. They also deliver for free when you are within 4 miles.
Plano Restaurant offers a variety of kits, including the Tennessee Stud Cocktail Kit with Jack Daniel’s, lemon juice, honey syrup, and an orange, enough for 6 cocktails, $ 30; Guava Gimlet with Tito’s Vodka and a premixed Guava Gimlet blend for $ 35; Bloody Mary with Tito’s vodka, Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix and spicy tapatio sauce; and Mimosa kits containing two bottles of blisters and a 16-ounce bottle of freshly squeezed OJ. Follow the Facebook page for updates and there’s no pre-order – just show up at the restaurant between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM and it’s kind of a madhouse.