Local restaurants have been taking a hit during the stay-at-home order. Many are operating on a small percentage of their normal income. Even with curbside service and delivery, nothing will beat the culture customers can find when dining in at a local spot. Without that dine-in culture, times have been tough for Washington’s foodie scene, but many are adapting to find new ways to bring their culture to your home with cocktail kits and pitchers. Below are some of the best local cocktails that you can mix up at home because we understand that you may not be ready to go out to eat yet.

The Hackney:


Salt of the Earth Cocktail

For $16 you could have…

Salt of the Earth 🍹

1.5 oz. of 1000 Piers Gin

1 cup Salt of the Earth mix

Add ingredients to shaker filled with ice and shake

Pour into big rocks glass

Add one dehydrated lime

Field of Dreams 🍹

1.5 oz. of 1000 Piers Gin

1 cup Field of Dreams mix

Add ingredients to shaker filled with ice and shake

Pour into big rocks glass

Add 1 dehydrated lime and one piece of rosemary

The West Main 🍹


The West Main

2 oz. Bourbon

1 cup West Main mix

Add ingredients to shaker filled with ice and stir

Strain ingredients into small rocks glass

Add one dehydrated orange and a few candied pecans

Or a new cocktail, Strawberry Celebration is also available. It features 1000 Piers Gin, strawberries, basil, lemon, and simple syrup.

The cocktail kits exclude 1000 Piers Gin, so don’t forget to add a bottle to your order for $35. A bottle will last you through quite a few homemade drinks.

Calling off duty bartenders! In a time when people are learning new skills, The Hackney introduces the 1000 Piers Gin COVID Cocktail Challenge. Entries must be made with 1000 Piers Gin. Once all submissions are in, the Hackney will post their favorite entries for public voting, so stay tuned. Winners will receive special prizes and bragging rights.

The Wine Crate:

Scuttlebutt 🍹

Muddle cucumber / Lemon / Fresh mint with 1/4oz simple syrup.



Add 1.5oz Rain Cucumber Vodka (You can use regular vodka or gin if preferred)

2oz lemonade

Top with club soda

Garnish with a lemon wedge, cucumber wheel, and a spring of fresh mint.

The Wine Crate is offering curbside pickup. They have mimosa and sangria pitchers available, just add your own liquor. You can also choose from a variety of wine and beer as well. Add a charcuterie board to your order for an extra savory fix.

Grub Brothers:

Kristy’s Rivah Juice 🍹


Kristy’s Rivah Juice

Crafted By: Johnna Mullis

1oz. Malibu Rum

1/2 oz Banana Liqueur

3/5 oz Midori Melon Liqueur

1/2 oz pineapple juice

1/4 oz orange 

Splash of Grenadine

Shake & Serve over ice

Grub Brothers has bottles of orange juice and champagne packaged at an $11 deal. Bloody Mary pitchers are also available. They are running a 50% off sale on some beer and wine selections, which are available for curbside pickup as well. Grab some grub for pickup too!

The Bank Bistro:

Back in Black 🍹

Crafted By: Anne Bryson


Back in Black

Add fresh Blackberry purée, St Germaine elderflower liqueur & Tito’s vodka to shaker

Shake in ice


Serve in martini glass

The Bank Bistro has a to-go menu available. Call in for curbside pickup. Pre-order charcuterie and/or cheese boards to enjoy with your at-home cocktail.

Backwater Jacks:

Orange Crush 🍹

Juice an orange

Fill a tall glass with ice (crushed if possible)

1.5 oz mandarin orange vodka

Add club soda and a splash of sprite

Don’t drink alone. Double the recipe and invite a friend.

Backwater Jacks is back! Now offering curbside pickup, it is easier than ever to order your favorite bottle of wine or beer. With a large selection of local crafted brews, you can’t go wrong. Don’t forget to order some food to-go as well!

Down on Mainstreet:

We miss DOM as much as you do. Here are two of DOM’s cocktails that you can make at home:

Pamlico Breeze 🍹


Pamlico Breeze

1.5 oz crown Royal

.5 oz of Apple pucker

.5 oz of peach schnapps, cranberry juice/pineapple juice (equal parts)

Tiny splash of grenadine

Garnish with a lime and served over ice

Tropical Lifesaver 🍹

1.5 oz of Malibu coconut rum

1 oz. of Midori Melon liqueur

fill the rest with 3/4 pineapple juice and 1/4 sour mix

Keep in mind that all of the restaurants listed above are practicing social distancing and tediously sanitizing every step of the way. Bartenders across the nation are facing uncertainty as they slowly begin to return to work. Returning to work looks different this time, so please remember those who may rely on tips to make a living.