Up Your Cocktail Game for Your Next Virtual Happy Hour With These Delivery Options
Get everything you need to craft fancy cocktails without leaving home.
As virtual happy hours replace the in-person, in-a-real-bar version, you might find your drink options a little less than inspired. Fortunately, if you want to swap your standard rosé or spiked seltzer for an upgraded drink experience, you don't even have to leave your house. There's a whole slew of liquor delivery options that'll get you fixed up with everything you need (from top-shelf liquor to the fancy garnish), so you can raise a glass safely at home.
Saloon Box offers a curated selection of cocktails, which you can buy a la carte or get via subscription (starting at $49/month; saloonbox.com). You can opt to just get the premium mixers and recipes, or buy the box with all the liquors and liqueurs you need for 12 full cocktails included. Popular right now on the site is the "3 Months of SaloonBox at Once" package, which features the fixings for six different cocktail recipes—including a wild ginger tonic and Oaxacan Paloma, each serving two people.
Cocktail Courier also offers high-end cocktail concoctions, themed to the season or occasion—like a Birthday Cake cocktail that's perfect for a virtual birthday party. The cocktail kits can be sized to order, whether you want the ingredients for just a pair of cocktails or enough to make a dozen of the drinks, and their subscriptions can be customized to just the spirits you like, and can include just the mixers or the spirits as well (from $49/month; cocktailcourier.com). Cocktail Courier can also help you set up the services of a pro bartender to enhance your group's cocktail-making skills. Cocktail Courier sends you (and the bartender) each all the ingredients, then you get on at a set time and make your drinks together with a little expert coaching.
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One of the pricier entrants in the craft cocktail subscription game ($150/month; craftedtaste.com), Crafted Taste gives you a bit more bang for the buck—each month's box comes with enough goodies to make 12 to 16 cocktails, all centered around the same spirit. Currently popular is the La Violeta Cocktail Kit, a gin-based kit that features the bright purple La Violeta, the pink Strawberry Heart, and the pretty Passion Sipper.
Wine.com has been a popular site for buying wine by the case, but you can now hit them up for spirits, too—including premium spirits from craft distillers and a wide selection of liqueurs. Check out a few of the site's gift sets, which come with signature glasses or bar tools to help you craft great cocktails with the spirits.
Need something for your cocktail hour tonight? Drizly connects you with local liquor stores that offer delivery, so you can shop and pay online and get your goods—including liquor, common mixers, and wine and beer—quickly. (The site promises delivery in less than an hour, but notes that the coronavirus pandemic may result in delivery delays.)
Minibar also offers on-demand liquor delivery utilizing local stores, but their range is limited to major cities like New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. However, if you're willing to wait a few days, you can also get delivery throughout California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and New York. They are also experiencing delays in delivery due to the pandemic, so plan ahead.
Not into fancy cocktails? Flaviar's subscription sends you personalized tastings of fine spirits, whether you want to explore the best bourbons or a mix of different spirits. Each box in the subscription ($31.67/month; flaviar.com) features three 50 ml samples to try, and a full-sized bottle each quarter that you get to pick for yourself.
Sourced Craft Cocktails
Get everything you need for a dozen fancy craft cocktails delivered right to your door, including spirits, freshly made mixers and garnishes, and step-by-step instructions for creating your drink. (And if you order before 3 p.m. local time, it will be delivered later that day.) Sourced Craft Cocktails currently offers 10 unique cocktail options, including a spicy margarita and a black cherry old-fashioned. The site is currently donating a portion of its proceeds to the USBG Bartender Relief Fund, to help bartenders whose livelihoods were impacted by the pandemic.
Shaker and Spoon
If you already have the bar setup and just need the top notch mixers and flourishes, this subscription service (starting at $40/box; shakerandspoon.com) offers monthly themed boxes with three recipes crafted by world-class bartenders. The boxes include ingredients for four of each of the drinks, so you'll get a dozen cocktails per month. All the cocktail recipes use the same base liquor, and the bartender who crafted the cocktail offers recommendations of good bottles to buy.
Don't want to wait until the first box ships? You can also purchase past recipes and ingredients that'll ship faster, or just stock up on some artisanal syrups and bitters for your home bar.