Upgrade your bar cart with these take-home cocktail kits from Chicago’s top mixologists
Now that we’re living in a mostly homebound world dominated by quarantine memes, you might find yourself pining after life’s little luxuries from a few weeks past, like a post-work cocktail or a night out at your favorite bar. The stay-at-home order persists for now, but luckily, plenty of local watering holes are offering prepackaged cocktail kits to help you make your favorite boozy bevies at home—an excellent way to both treat yourself and help support Chicago bars and restaurants during this uncertain time. Here’s where you can find cocktail kits for delivery and takeout so that you can upgrade your bar cart.
Fittingly, il Porcellino rounds out its lineup of pastas and antipasti with two Italian-approved cocktail collections. If you’re looking for something stiff and bitter, go with the Negroni kit ($89.95), which comes with bottles of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. The lighter, bubblier spritz kit ($47.95) is perfect for at-home day drinking and includes bottles of prosecco, Aperol and soda. The best part? You can opt for delivery or takeout when you order through Grubhub.
If you’re seeking comfort food during this truly weird time (who isn’t?), consider a big bowl of soul-soothing, belly-warming ramen. If you’d rather turn your next meal into a wild night in, consider adding a sake bomb kit for two ($20) to your delivery order. Each kit includes mugs, shot glasses, chopsticks, beers and sake so you can bomb in style. Just be sure to clear off your kitchen counter before you start pounding.
Head to DoorDash to browse Summer House Santa Monica’s six cocktail kits available for delivery, including the cleverly-named Can’t Travel to Manhattan bundle ($150), complete with enough bourbon, vermouth and Angostura bitters to make 16 cocktails. (You’ll find similar options at fellow Lettuce Entertain You-owned joints like Stella Barra and RPM Italian.)
As you might expect, this River North tiki den’s to-go booze menu isn’t lacking. At-home mix masters will geek out over the bar tool set ($40), housemade syrups ($10) and rare rums ($20–$175), but if you want to keep things simple, order the full cocktail kit ($45), which includes two Mai Tai glasses and enough booze to make four cocktails. After a few drinks, you might just go back to order Three Dots’ funky tiki mugs ($40 each).