Refreshing Drink Options, To-Go

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Several bars, restaurants and distilleries offer make-your-own drink kits and prepackaged libations, blends and even coffee!

Kingfisher drink options

Kingfisher

Make one of the basement bar’s signature cocktails at home by ordering a Bee Durham kit for pickup. It includes 12 ounces of local honey syrup, a beeswax-lined mason jar for infusing your gin, eight lemons, the bar’s signature Bee Durham rocks cup (lovingly crafted by co-owner Michelle Vanderwalker) and a recipe card. All you need to add is the Conniption Navy Strength gin – which, conveniently, you can now grab just down the street at Durham Distillery (see more below). You can even add a second cup to your order, and fancy ice. *Not available until late June*

Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery

In addition to glassware, barware, hand sanitizer and its own liquors, liqueurs and cocktails in a can, you can now order cocktail kits from Durham Distillery. Take your pick from the Southside (mojito), Honolulu, Martini or, our favorite, the French 75. Each kit comes with all you need to make your drink of choice at home and – bonus – you can also order and pick up your gin or cucumber vodka all at once! Pickup options are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-6 p.m.

The Auctioneer Bar at Durham Food Hall

The recently opened food hall and its centrally located bar offers a couple of fun, make-your-own cocktail and wine kits, plus homemade mixers, available for purchase online. The kits and mixers both come with recipe cards and directions on how to concoct your drink. The fresh-squeezed mixers – made in-house – are easy to whip up. If you’re in the mood for something bright and refreshing, try the Ruby Red. Prefer sweet and tangy? Go with the Tropic Like It’s Hot. The cocktail kits come with a full bottle of alcohol. These options are available for pickup Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7 p.m. 

Durham Food Hall drink options
Durham Food Hall’s make-your-own cocktail kit options.

Bar Virgile 

While you’re ordering your burger and Brussels sprouts, don’t forget to order a few sangrias. They come in a Capri Sun-like pouch that our inner child is going nuts over. The South Mangum Street bar offers several options, which rotate frequently: prickly pear/honeydew, margarita, strawberry wine and Arnold Palmer sangria flavors are just a few! It’s open for sangria pickup seven days a week, 2-8 p.m. (food pickup, 4-8 p.m.).

NuvoTaco

The Mexican eatery spices up takeout with the option of adding a half gallon of margarita mix to orders. At home, mix it with 750 mL of tequila and 375 mL of triple sec. Michelada mix is also available to mix with beer or vodka for bloody marys. Takeout is available Tuesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.

Cocoa Cinnamon 

If coffee is more your speed, try locally sourced, half-gallon iced lattes with your choice of Homeland Creamery whole milk or Oatly vegan and gluten-free oat milk. Flavors include unsweetened iced latte, vanilla bean, chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne, and matcha, among others. Each half gallon makes between seven and nine 12 oz. iced lattes, depending on how much ice you use. There are specific windows for ordering and pickup, and is only available at the Geer Street location. Batch ice latte preorders go live every:

  • Sunday at 3 p.m. with orders closing Monday at 3 p.m. for pickup on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday at 3 p.m. with orders closing Thursday at 3 p.m. for pickup on Friday.

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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is the assistant editor at Durham Magazine. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and double majored in broadcast journalism and German. She enjoys good beer, ice cream and morning runs.

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