The round-up: stay home and sip – the local spots slinging bottled cocktails and DIY margarita kits
Are you thirsty for a salty marg? Want to sink into your couch with a negroni in hand? We’re feeling you, pals. While we won’t be able to visit our favourite local watering holes for quite some time, it’s not all doom and gloom – many of the Gold Coast’s most popular bars and restaurants are still shaking, stirring and pouring the goods so we can sip quality concoctions while in isolation. Here’s a handy list of where you can find your favourite tipples to take home, from DIY margarita kits to sangria jars and whisky apples by the bottle.
Rosella’s, Burleigh Heads
The Rosella’s team is pairing its new Woman’s Day-inspired menu of eats (think Paul Kelly’s Sunday night roasts with a Vegemite cob loaf on the side) with a fine collection of bottled cocktails. You can sip on the likes of the Kylie Minogue martini, the Northern Rivers highball (with Husk rum and Brookie’s gin), margaritas, negronis and martinis, along with a special cocktail of the week. Rosella’s also has a whole heap of delicious take-home natural wines to order via its online store – and they are also doing home delivery. See? Iso isn’t so bad after all!
The Cambus Wallace, Nobby Beach
Missing the sips from this nautical-inspired watering hole? The team has been work hard to craft its favourites into bottled form. You can grab classics like an old fashioned, a negroni or an espresso martini, or settle in for a night on the couch with a Parchment cocktail (Ink Gin, peppermint-tea syrup, citrus) or a pink-hued Hotel Miami Rum Punch infused with watermelon shrub. Oh, and The CW’s whisky apples are also available in bottled form – juiced to order, of course, for peak freshness. Take a squiz at the menu here.
Mexicali, Nobby Beach
If there’s one thing we’re missing right now, it’s a quality margarita – salty rim and all. Luckily, the spicy amigos at Mexicali have come to the rescue with take-home margarita packs, equipping you with a jarful of its famed margarita mix, plus a DIY garnish kit with ice, lime, salt and instructions on how to pull it all together. The team is also selling cocktail shakers so you can really get into the spirit(s) at home. If sangria jugs are more your jam, you’re in luck – there’s also 1-litre jars of white or red sangria available (yes, an entire litre) served to-go with fresh fruit and plenty of ice. Jump here to view the sips menu.
Mr PP’s, Southport
The fine folk at Mr PP’s will be releasing its first batch of iso-friendly bottled cocktails this weekend. Mr PP’s is well know for its cocktail game, and the team wants to make sure that what you’re sipping at home is as close to the real thing as possible. So, the cocktails are batched to order with your food to ensure they taste just as they would if you were sitting at the bar – there’s also juices and citrus used, so you can kick back on your couch knowing that what’s in that glass hip flask is as fresh as possible. You can grab classics (negroni and old fashioned) as well as house favourites like the jalapeno-infused Spicy Mama – that one comes with a DIY garnish kit so you can load up that rim with chilli salt yourself. Plus, there’s a series of takeaway whisky flights so you can go on a journey through Scottish, Irish and American sips. Keep your eyes on Instagram for details.
The Scottish Prince, Palm Beach
Much like its rum-slinging Nobby Beach sibling The Cambus Wallace, The Scottish Prince is making sure locals get the drams they love and deserve during isolation, with a raft of concoctions bottled for your at-home sipping pleasure. You can grab a house old fashioned, whisky apple and negronis, as well as exclusive drops like the Oaxaca Highball (tequila, coconut liqueur, citrus, watermelon syrup and soda) and the U Make Mi-So Thirsty (rum, miso butter, washed-macadamia liqueur, madeira and nectarine). Don’t forget the eats – the crunchy arancini balls or the peat-smoked chicken tenders will fill the gap. Head here to order.
Bonita Bonita, Mermaid Beach
You simply can’t have Bonita Bonita’s tacos or nachos without one of its margaritas as well. The team has created what they called the ‘Bonita Bootleg Margarita’ so you can sip the goodness at home, taco in hand. The bootleg marg kits come with instructions, so all you need to do is shake, pour and enjoy. You can view the cocktail menu (along with the food) over here.
Oi Izakaya, Burleigh Heads
Love a good Japanese whisky? Pair your take-home okonomiyaki, bento boxes and delicate sushi arrangements with your favourite drops from Yamakazi, Hibiki and Nikka. This neighbourhood izakaya is bottling single serves of top whisky drops in cute little glass jars so you can let the good times roll in the safety of your own home. You can even build your own whisky flights! Suss the sips here.
Granddad Jack’s, Miami
Thank the gin gods that Granddad Jack’s exists in this time of need. Not only is the team busy batching hand sani for all of us, they are also opening daily so we can stock up on our favourite tipples to take away. There’s a Home Survival Box with all of the essentials to craft your sips at home, bottles of zesty house-made lemon mixer for a quick and easy DIY drink, as well as small batches of limited-release cocktails like the Vodkarita, which comes perfectly packaged in a 100-ml glass jar. Scope out the goods on the website.
Social Eating House, Broadbeach
With a lot of people adopting ‘airport rules’ right now (where anything goes, at any time of day) the classic espresso martini just seems so fitting. Broadbeach dining spot Social Eating House is batching the caffeine-spiked potion into glass flasks, available to order with its delicious food menu (hellooo 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder) for the ultimate isolation treat. Scoot to the website for ordering details.
Milky Lane, Surfers Paradise: These purveyors of over-the-top burgers and eye-popping cocktails are still serving up the goods to get you through these trying times. Order a burger, some cheese-soaked fries and tack on a Bueno or Bubblegum Sour cocktail so you can wash it down in true Milky Lane style. Take a peek at the menu here.
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