The vodka-based “Cucumber Delight” at Founding Farmers is available to go. Photo by Deb Lindsay

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Cool Cocktails To Go

Early on in the pandemic, when bars and restaurants were shut down except for pickup and delivery, the county’s Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) department started allowing the sale of beer and wine to go. Which was good, but not good enough. Six days later, hard liquor was added to the list, which meant mixed drinks in sealed plastic containers were suddenly a thing. Lots of restaurants are still offering alcohol to go—everything from spiked seltzer to sangria. Here are three places at the top of our list.

CAVA Mezze

The 16-ounce pouches at CAVA Mezze in Rockville (which are big enough for about three drinks) can make Zoom happy hours or evenings by the firepit a lot more fun. And the cocktails—old-fashioneds, Moscow mules, mojitos and more—are just as tasty as the ones you’d get at the bar. Pouches range from $20 to $30; they’re two for $40 on Tuesdays.

Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers in Park Potomac has always had a way with mixed drinks, and its “Booze to Go” list includes a creative mix of bottled cocktails, all $20 for 16 ounces. Among the bestsellers this past fall: the “Cucumber Delight,” made with Founding Spirits vodka (produced at Founding Farmers’ own D.C. distillery), domaine de canton, lemon, cucumber and cantaloupe; “The Constitution,” soda water and Founding Spirits dry gin with flavors of ginger, blueberry, lemon and chamomile; the “Farmer Jon,” a mix of bourbon, orange curacao and lemon.


And we can’t forget the ever-popular frosé—dry rosé wine, vodka, strawberry puree and fresh lemon—which you can take home in 16-, 32- or 64-ounce jugs from Millie’s in D.C.’s Spring Valley. They won’t pour it till you get there, so it’ll probably still be frozen when you get home. Cheers.