J. Rieger & Co. Cocktail Kits

J. Rieger & Co. is offering DIY cocktail kits.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the U.S., restaurants, bars and breweries have had to rapidly change to the new status quo in the food service industry.

Many Kansas City restaurants are offering expanded options, like curbside pickup, delivery or more extensive takeout menus. Local like Torn Label, Brew Lab, Smoke Brewing Co., Grains and Taps, Fringe Beerworks and many others continue to offer growlers and/or Crowlers for you to grab and take home, and some restaurants like The Antler Room are offering curated wine bottle flights to provide a little stress relief. However, there are also options for you to enjoy cocktails at home, crafted specially by some of your favorite bars and lounges in the Kansas City area.

Some of the most esteemed bar programs in Kansas City are offering variations on at-home cocktail kits. J. Rieger & Co., for example, is offering 10 different cocktails available in two packages. The larger size, which costs $30, promises the ingredients to make six servings of the cocktail of your choice. The smaller costs $17.50 and provides enough for three servings. The cocktails on offer are some of the drinks you’ll find in the distillery's Monogram Lounge, such as the Pendergast 2.0, Monochromatic and Camericano. There are also some more traditional kits available, which will provide ingredients for cocktails like a Negroni or Horsefeather.

Another Kansas City favorite, Mean Mule Distilling Co., is taking it one step further. Although the Crossroads distillery only has one cocktail on offer currently, it’s a good one: the signature Paloma. Rather than venturing out of your sanitized bubble to go pick it up, Mean Mule will deliver a bottle of its Mean Mule Silver Agave Spirit, alongside enough other supplies to make six Palomas in the safety of your home. You simply pay online and show a valid ID, and you needn’t even make any physical contact.

If the idea of mixing up your own cocktails sounds like more effort than you want to expend, there are still plenty of options available to you. The Monarch, for example, has shut down its space for the time being, but is still making its signature cocktails available. They are bottled and sealed for you, so you can place your order through the bar's website and they will be ready for you to come pick up. Some other spots, like The Restaurant at 1900, have included spirit-free, zero percent ABV cocktails in some of their take-home meals.

In Lee's Summit, Libations and Co. and The W are offering both cocktail kits and batched cocktails to take home.

Finally, if you’re worried that cocktails at home just won’t be the same, there are even options available to you to class things up a bit. Liquid Minded Concepts, which provides those crystal-clear large ice cubes to many of the nicest bars in the city, is offering home delivery in the Kansas City metro area. We doubt this offer will last too long, as they generally only supply bar programs, but you can add the perfect finishing touch to your at-home cocktails with this fancy ice.

With creative concepts like these, you can help scratch your cocktail itch while also supporting some great local businesses during this uncertain time. If we missed any cocktail specials, feel free to send us a note at editor@feastmagazine.com.