In 1933, the original King Kong was released, Nina Simone was born, and the very first liquor license was issued in Boston. Since that time, eight different film versions of the giant ape have been released, while the Puritanical alcohol rules have, essentially, remained the same. So while we watch our friends across the country order takeout cocktails, we’re left with virgin ingredient kits. Well friends, it’s time to get to work. Start shaking at home with cocktail mixers from one of these 25 spots.
Union Square’s Barra has a wide variety of mixers, ranging from ones for Malverdes to Micheladas and Palomas. In case you’d rather not drink on an empty stomach, there are also tacos, enchiladas, and tetelas to go. Place an order on their website.
South Boston’s Fat Baby has Mai Tai and hibiscus margarita mixes available, as well as a frosé pack that just requires you to add ice. They’re open daily from 4-8pm for takeout and delivery.
Fat Baby’s sister restaurant Loco is also open every day from 4-8pm for takeout and delivery, with four different margarita kits to try. The “Britney” is made with watermelon, blueberry, and mint, which seems appropriate for all porches.
Now even the most clueless bartender can make the bright purple Halo Halo concoction from Blossom Bar at home. They’re selling five different mixers and a “Bartender’s Choice,” available for takeout and national delivery. Fill out the order form on their website to grab some.
Why have a burger with beer when you can have one with a Bloody Mary? Met in Back Bay is selling quarts of their house Bloody Mary mix, for takeout and delivery.
Forage has seven different cocktail kits available right now, including three wine-based drinks that come with all the required ingredients. Speaking of ingredients, Forage is also selling cocktail essentials like luxardo cherries, olives, and ginger beer, which means less time spent at the grocery store and more time spent drinking.
Monument Restaurant & Tavern
Monument in Charlestown has both Bloody Mary and multiple margarita kits to-go and for delivery, including their well-known blood orange margarita. Visit their website to place an order.
Chances are your gin and tonics at home don’t include rhubarb syrup and pink peppercorns like the ones from Toro. Get that mixer pack, and some sangria kits, by ordering takeout or delivery here.
Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina
Regardless of how you feel about Guy Fieri, at least his restaurant is nice enough to hollow out a pineapple and let you sip margaritas from it. Your neighbors will probably be jealous. Order online for takeout or delivery.
Bisq is open for takeout Thurs-Sat, 3-6pm, which is when you can get fried chicken dinners and their honey ginger or strawberry rhubarb mixers. Pre-orders must be placed by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-3693 from Tues-Thurs between 12-3pm.
Cuban spot Gustazo has red and white sangria to-go as well as a guava blossom mixer that can be used to make eight drinks. Visit their website to place an order.
Lone Star in Allston and Cambridge is selling both Bloody Mary and numerous types of margarita mixer kits for takeout. We’re particularly interested in the one with spicy agave syrup - place an order on their website.
The Highland Kitchen “Mark n Stormy,” with scotch bonnet-infused ginger syrup, might be one of our favorite spicy drinks. That mixer, and a number of others, are available for takeout and delivery through their website.
If you live in Seaport and need some margarita mixers, you can grab some pretty affordable ones from bartaco - $8 will get you enough supplies for four drinks. Order online here.
Oak + Rowan
We’re not sure if sangria really counts as a cocktail, but that won’t stop us from drinking it this summer. The Oak + Rowan version is available for takeout Thurs-Sat.
Empire Restaurant & Lounge
Mai Tai and spicy guava margarita kits are available from Empire in Seaport for takeout and delivery, 4-9pm, Wed-Sun.
Alcove, located Downtown at Lovejoy Wharf, has a wide selection of cocktail mixers available for takeout. They have the standards, like Bloody Marys and margaritas, but also others like espresso martinis, Gimlets, and strawberry daiquiris. Order on their website.
Yellow Door Taqueria
The South End branch of Yellow Door Taqueria has regular, coconut, and jalapeño margarita kits available for takeout only (food is available for delivery on Uber Eats). Pre-order your drink mixers online.
If you’ve already decided that you’re ordering the roasted duck dinner for two from The Butcher Shop, then you might as well splurge and grab some cocktail mixers too. Five different versions are available for $15 each - head over to their website for more details.
Tapas chain Barcelona Wine Bar is offering Gintonics and sangria kits at both the Brookline and South End branches. The South End location also has mimosa kits available. Visit their website to place an online order for takeout.
Mediterranean-inspired spot Chickadee is pairing up with Social Wines to deliver cocktail kits that include bottles of liquor. If you prefer just the mixers, that’s also an option. For now, you’ll have to call in at (617) 531-5591 to order, but online ordering should be coming soon.
Sarma only has a single syrup available, but since it’s one with cucumber-rose yogurt, they probably don’t need to sell anything else. We imagine it would go well with pretty much anything on their menu, available Wed-Sun from 4-8pm for takeout.
South Boston’s Coppersmith now has Bloody Mary and mimosa kits for takeout only from Tues-Sun, 11am-8:30pm. Orange juice does go particularly well with conference calls. Call them at 617-658-3452 to place an order.
Union Square pub The Independent is offering Bloody Mary mixers and ginger honey-lemon syrup for takeout and delivery, Tues-Sat from 4-8pm.