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15 Pouched and Bottled Cocktails to Take Home This Summer in D.C.

Spicy margaritas, soju slushies, and drinks that pack in peach and cantaloupe

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The Royal’s boozy, bottled lineup.
| The Royal/official photo

While bars continue to operate with limited capacity and earlier closing times in the District, many are taking advantage of emergency legislation that allows them to sell cooling summer drinks for takeout and delivery. Cocktail kits are also on trend these days; D.C.-based happy hour app Happied just started shipping out DIY daiquiri sets for three.

Here are 15 bars and restaurants making superior seasonal elixirs for takeout or delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spicy Margarita at Muchas Gracias

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5029 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-5000
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Bottles filled with silver tequila and a green chile-spiced margarita base are available on the takeout menu at this new Mexican restaurant in Chevy Chase from chef Christian Irabien. Order online and pour over ice at home. — Gabe Hiatt

2. O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar

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2737 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-8752
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The neighborhood eatery in Columbia Heights builds this Italian-style drink with a frozen Aperol popsicle, a mini bottle of bubbly, and freshly squeezed orange, served in a slushy to-go pouch for two ($16).

O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar.
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3. Amazonia at Seven Reasons

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 417-8563
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Opening bar manager Josué González is back behind the bar with a new cocktail program at the Latin American spot. His Amazonia blends a house rum blend, Rujero Singani, Whistle Pig Rye, Bativia Arrak, Fino sherry, creole and angostura thyme, Yerba mate tea, papaya, and lemon. It costs $19 on-site or $13 to-go.

Amazonia at Seven Reasons is served on-site and in to-go form.
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4. New Melon, Who This? at The Imperial

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2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-0334
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For its first summer since opening at base of Adams Morgan’s main drag, the sister bar to Jack Rose showcases peak produce in a bottled mixture of cantaloupe, white peach, lemon, ginger tarragon syrup, mezcal, and manzanilla sherry, ($11). Customers can order for pick-up via Tock

To-go cocktails are paired with bites at The Imperial.
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5. Rosé All Day at Service Bar DC

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926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 462-7232
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The cocktail experts at Service Bar have stepped up the pink summertime drink, combining fresh berries, hierba luisa tea, Loire rose distillate, and Glendalough wild foraged gin into a fizzy cocktail. Order online in solo portions ($12) or large-format sizes for four to six ($45). Service Bar is one of four stops on D.C.’s 4th annual Tiki Trail, including McClellan’s Retreat, Tiki on 18th, and Truxton Inn. Half of ticket sales ($20) to access the mini bar crawl, running through October 3, go towards Friends & Family Meal.

6. Chocolate City at Capo Italian Deli

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715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 827-8012
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The Shaw sub shop that famously sells a “Fauci Pouchy” cocktail, named after the country’s top infectious disease expert, keeps adding more pouched options. Its new Chocolate City espresso martini ($14) offers a jolt via cold brew and coffee liqueur, along with vanilla vodka, hazelnut, and cinnamon. Sales from a basil cucumber For Beirut pouch go to the Lebanese Red Cross. Order ahead online or grab a pouch from the deli’s fridge.

7. Soju Slushies at Gogi Yogi

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1921 8th St NW #115
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-4167
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Shaw’s year-old Korean barbecue place uses Jinro Original Soju to spike four flavors of slushies (passionfruit, piña colada, white peach, strawberry) for $12 each. Add a shot of vodka for $4 more.

8. Cantaloupe Hanky Panky at The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-7777
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Bottled summer staples for two ($20-$25) at Latin-leaning all-day cafe in LeDroit Park include a “Cantaloupe Hanky Panky” (gin, sweet vermouth, fernet, fresh cantaloupe) and savory ”Aji Daiquiri” (white rum, lime, cane sugar, house aji sauce). Order online for delivery or carryout.

The spiked to-go lineup at The Royal.
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9. Espresso Martini at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-1612
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The reliable raw bar in Logan Circle perks up drinkers with a solid espresso martini made with Tito’s Vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, Frangelico, and cold brew coffee ($13). Carryout orders can be placed online.

10. Watermelon Cannonball Pouch at Coconut Club

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540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5500
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Chef Adam Greenberg’s tropical oasis in the Union Market district makes a frozen concoction of watermelon juice, Thrashers coconut rum, and lime ($12). Order online for pickup or delivery, or snag a seat on its leafy pink-and-teal weekend patio, open Thursday to Sunday.

11. Sultry Summer at Serenata

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 920-7373
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Served in a 16-ounce flask, Serenata partner Andra “AJ” Johnson’s to-go whiskey cocktail for three includes Lustau East India sherry, Cocchi Americano, and orange bitters ($30). The drink comes with 2x2-inch ice cubes and garnish. Sales go towards Black Lives Matter’s D.C. chapter. Order online for pickup. Johnson also runs a Friday night virtual cocktail series.

12. The Milo at Tiger Fork

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922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-1152
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The Hong Kong-style restaurant in Blagden Alley pours its longtime lineup of “traditional Chinese medicine” cocktails into old fashioned medicinal bottles for takeout or delivery. A brand new option called “the Milo” is filled with gin, ginger, basil and lime. Tried-and-true favorites like 8 O’Clock Light Show (rum, yuzu, mandarin, natural caffeine) are also available. Place orders online ($14-15).

13. Sangria at Urban Roast

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916 G St. NW suite c-1
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-1111
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Chinatown’s new all-day cafe has something for everyone (empanadas, lattes, acai bowls, caprese sandwiches). It also makes a mean sangria — available to go in pouches — loaded with soaked fruit in white tropical and red berry flavors.

14. Frozen Basil Facial at Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-3623
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Barrel transfers its “Frozen Basil Facial” cocktail into a pouch filled with gin, Aperol, lemon, simple syrup, and watermelon juice. It’s $11 and available for dine-in or to-go.

15. Petey’s a Pretty Bird at Fight Club

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623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 733-1384
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Beuchert’s Saloon in Capitol Hill is set to transform into a temporary takeout sub shop called Fight Club on Wednesday, August 19. Bottled still and sparkling punches are designed to be a bright and refreshing counterpoint to loaded sandwiches like a roasted steak and bacon option with brown butter mayo. Drinks ($11-$16) are presented by weight class (read: potency). The Fly Weight category includes the Aperol Spritz (aperol, sparkling vino, bubbles and orange) and a Heavy Weights list includes a Petey’s A Pretty Bird (dark and light rums, pineapple, campari and lime).

“It’s as if Beuchert’s went to the beach. If I were packing a cooler this is exactly what I would stock it with,” says beverage director Mackenzie Conway. 
Maya Fiellin/Fight Club

1. Spicy Margarita at Muchas Gracias

5029 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Bottles filled with silver tequila and a green chile-spiced margarita base are available on the takeout menu at this new Mexican restaurant in Chevy Chase from chef Christian Irabien. Order online and pour over ice at home. — Gabe Hiatt

5029 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar

2737 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar.
Napoli/official photo

The neighborhood eatery in Columbia Heights builds this Italian-style drink with a frozen Aperol popsicle, a mini bottle of bubbly, and freshly squeezed orange, served in a slushy to-go pouch for two ($16).

2737 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Amazonia at Seven Reasons

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Amazonia at Seven Reasons is served on-site and in to-go form.
Rey Lopez/Seven Reasons

Opening bar manager Josué González is back behind the bar with a new cocktail program at the Latin American spot. His Amazonia blends a house rum blend, Rujero Singani, Whistle Pig Rye, Bativia Arrak, Fino sherry, creole and angostura thyme, Yerba mate tea, papaya, and lemon. It costs $19 on-site or $13 to-go.

2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. New Melon, Who This? at The Imperial

2001 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
To-go cocktails are paired with bites at The Imperial.
The Imperial/official photo

For its first summer since opening at base of Adams Morgan’s main drag, the sister bar to Jack Rose showcases peak produce in a bottled mixture of cantaloupe, white peach, lemon, ginger tarragon syrup, mezcal, and manzanilla sherry, ($11). Customers can order for pick-up via Tock

2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Rosé All Day at Service Bar DC

926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The cocktail experts at Service Bar have stepped up the pink summertime drink, combining fresh berries, hierba luisa tea, Loire rose distillate, and Glendalough wild foraged gin into a fizzy cocktail. Order online in solo portions ($12) or large-format sizes for four to six ($45). Service Bar is one of four stops on D.C.’s 4th annual Tiki Trail, including McClellan’s Retreat, Tiki on 18th, and Truxton Inn. Half of ticket sales ($20) to access the mini bar crawl, running through October 3, go towards Friends & Family Meal.

926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Chocolate City at Capo Italian Deli

715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Shaw sub shop that famously sells a “Fauci Pouchy” cocktail, named after the country’s top infectious disease expert, keeps adding more pouched options. Its new Chocolate City espresso martini ($14) offers a jolt via cold brew and coffee liqueur, along with vanilla vodka, hazelnut, and cinnamon. Sales from a basil cucumber For Beirut pouch go to the Lebanese Red Cross. Order ahead online or grab a pouch from the deli’s fridge.

715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Soju Slushies at Gogi Yogi

1921 8th St NW #115, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s year-old Korean barbecue place uses Jinro Original Soju to spike four flavors of slushies (passionfruit, piña colada, white peach, strawberry) for $12 each. Add a shot of vodka for $4 more.

1921 8th St NW #115
Washington, DC 20001

8. Cantaloupe Hanky Panky at The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
The spiked to-go lineup at The Royal.
The Royal/official photo

Bottled summer staples for two ($20-$25) at Latin-leaning all-day cafe in LeDroit Park include a “Cantaloupe Hanky Panky” (gin, sweet vermouth, fernet, fresh cantaloupe) and savory ”Aji Daiquiri” (white rum, lime, cane sugar, house aji sauce). Order online for delivery or carryout.

501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Espresso Martini at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The reliable raw bar in Logan Circle perks up drinkers with a solid espresso martini made with Tito’s Vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, Frangelico, and cold brew coffee ($13). Carryout orders can be placed online.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Watermelon Cannonball Pouch at Coconut Club

540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Chef Adam Greenberg’s tropical oasis in the Union Market district makes a frozen concoction of watermelon juice, Thrashers coconut rum, and lime ($12). Order online for pickup or delivery, or snag a seat on its leafy pink-and-teal weekend patio, open Thursday to Sunday.

540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Sultry Summer at Serenata

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Served in a 16-ounce flask, Serenata partner Andra “AJ” Johnson’s to-go whiskey cocktail for three includes Lustau East India sherry, Cocchi Americano, and orange bitters ($30). The drink comes with 2x2-inch ice cubes and garnish. Sales go towards Black Lives Matter’s D.C. chapter. Order online for pickup. Johnson also runs a Friday night virtual cocktail series.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. The Milo at Tiger Fork

922 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Hong Kong-style restaurant in Blagden Alley pours its longtime lineup of “traditional Chinese medicine” cocktails into old fashioned medicinal bottles for takeout or delivery. A brand new option called “the Milo” is filled with gin, ginger, basil and lime. Tried-and-true favorites like 8 O’Clock Light Show (rum, yuzu, mandarin, natural caffeine) are also available. Place orders online ($14-15).

922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Sangria at Urban Roast

916 G St. NW suite c-1, Washington, DC 20001

Chinatown’s new all-day cafe has something for everyone (empanadas, lattes, acai bowls, caprese sandwiches). It also makes a mean sangria — available to go in pouches — loaded with soaked fruit in white tropical and red berry flavors.

916 G St. NW suite c-1
Washington, DC 20001

14. Frozen Basil Facial at Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Barrel transfers its “Frozen Basil Facial” cocktail into a pouch filled with gin, Aperol, lemon, simple syrup, and watermelon juice. It’s $11 and available for dine-in or to-go.

613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Petey’s a Pretty Bird at Fight Club

623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
“It’s as if Beuchert’s went to the beach. If I were packing a cooler this is exactly what I would stock it with,” says beverage director Mackenzie Conway. 
Maya Fiellin/Fight Club

Beuchert’s Saloon in Capitol Hill is set to transform into a temporary takeout sub shop called Fight Club on Wednesday, August 19. Bottled still and sparkling punches are designed to be a bright and refreshing counterpoint to loaded sandwiches like a roasted steak and bacon option with brown butter mayo. Drinks ($11-$16) are presented by weight class (read: potency). The Fly Weight category includes the Aperol Spritz (aperol, sparkling vino, bubbles and orange) and a Heavy Weights list includes a Petey’s A Pretty Bird (dark and light rums, pineapple, campari and lime).

623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

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