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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.

Spicy Margarita at Muchas Gracias

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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

O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar

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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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Amazonia at Seven Reasons

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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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New Melon, Who This? at The Imperial

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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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Rosé All Day at Service Bar DC

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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.

Chocolate City at Capo Italian Deli

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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.

Soju Slushies at Gogi Yogi

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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.

Cantaloupe Hanky Panky at The Royal

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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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Espresso Martini at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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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.

Watermelon Cannonball Pouch at Coconut Club

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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.

Sultry Summer at Serenata

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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.

The Milo at Tiger Fork

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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).

Sangria at Urban Roast

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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.

Frozen Basil Facial at Barrel

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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.

Petey’s a Pretty Bird at Fight Club

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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

Spicy Margarita at Muchas Gracias

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

O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar

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).

O Sole Mio at Napoli Pasta Bar.
Napoli/official photo

Amazonia at Seven Reasons

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.

Amazonia at Seven Reasons is served on-site and in to-go form.
Rey Lopez/Seven Reasons

New Melon, Who This? at The Imperial

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

To-go cocktails are paired with bites at The Imperial.
The Imperial/official photo

Rosé All Day at Service Bar DC

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.

Chocolate City at Capo Italian Deli

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.

Soju Slushies at Gogi Yogi

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.

Cantaloupe Hanky Panky at The Royal

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.

The spiked to-go lineup at The Royal.
The Royal/official photo

Espresso Martini at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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.

Watermelon Cannonball Pouch at Coconut Club

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.

Sultry Summer at Serenata

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.

The Milo at Tiger Fork

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).

Sangria at Urban Roast

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.

Frozen Basil Facial at Barrel

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.

Petey’s a Pretty Bird at Fight Club

“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).

“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

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