In the face of the current pandemic, a historic bill was passed this week in the Senate to help liquor licensees who are struggling during this precarious time. House Bill 327 permits licensees to sell cocktails-to-go during this crisis, and as of yesterday, the bill was passed unanimously and has been rushed to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf, and it is just pending his signature.
According to a release, the legislation allows for restaurant and hotel licensees negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to sell mixed drinks to-go to consumers with a few stipulations: Drinks must be sold in a sealed container and additional protections must be in place to ensure the safe sale and transport of alcohol. Across the nation, 32 other states have adopted a similar measure to offer a lifeline to restaurants struggling to survive mandated closures.
This is huge for the City of Brotherly Love’s continuous fight to save restaurants and bars, and will offer Philadelphians a spirited incentive to continue to support local businesses. Metro has a few highlighted spots who are jumping on the to-go cocktail train once Wolf does sign the bill.
The recently opened South Street hotspot from owners Heather Annechiarico and Chris Fetfatzes will be serving up some enticing cocktails available for delivery through QuickSipDelivery.com from 3-8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Choices include a Strawberry Wine Punch (Moscato, stawberry purée, sprite and fresh strawberry), Champagne Punch (fresh mint, honey syrup, lime, pineapple juice, aged rum, grapefruit bitters and sparkling wine), Everything’s Coming Up Rosé (chied rose, lillet, hibiscus tea, lemon, simple, aperol and grapefruit) and a Pomegranate-Ginger Spritz (angostura, pomegranate juice, brandy, ginger liquor, dry sparkling and club). Imbibers can purchase the cocktails in portions of 8oz for $8 or 32oz for $32.
Hawthorne’s Beer Cafe
The South Philly eatery already offered delectable bottled wine and beer options to go, but can now add to-go cocktails to their enticing list. Philadelphians can order Hawthorne’s Lavender Aviation (gin, maraschino, creme de violette and lemon), Bourbon Pear Smash (Heaven Hill bourbon, pear, ginger and lemon), Passion Fruit Punch (light rum, spiced rum, passion fruit nectar, pineapple, orange and lemon), Cucumber-Spice Limeade (gin, cucumber-jalapeño simple and lime) and much more through QuickSipDelivery.com in measurements of 4oz for $10 and 13oz for $30.
Leda and the Swan
The cocktail hotspot was opened by Glu Hospitality right before the pandemic hit, and their delicious libation offerings will be available to order through both Leda and the Swan and their newly opened Crispy Chicken eatery Hunnie’s through WeCooked.com (availability for pick up also at Vesper Center City). Liquid menu items include the Shiro (Mezcal, ginger syrup, lemon and togarashi), Trobairitz (Grey Goose, sparkling wine, pink peppercorn syrup and yuzu bergamot tincture), Bijou (gin, green chartreuse and carpano classico), tequila old fashioned (Anejo, Madagascar vanilla and angostura) and more. $36 serves 4, and cocktails to go will be available Tuesday through Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Rosy’s Taco Bar & Harper’s Garden
Both popular establishments from owner Avram Hornik will be serving up a slew of enticing cocktails available for pick-up out of Rosy’s Taco Bar. On Rosy’s end, Philadelphians can enjoy pints of both regular and flavored margaritas (strawberry, blood orange and habanero), house and premium tequila (limes and salt included) and even sangria available in both quarts and pints at different price points. On Harper’s side, cocktail-lovers can order a Liquid Persuasion (cucumber and mint syrup with fresh lime juice), Blackberry Smash (homemade blackberry and strawberry syrup with fresh lemon juice) or a Bloody Mary all with your choice of Tito’s Vodka, Stateside Vodka, Bluecoat Gin or Jim Beam Bourbon.
Trademan’s & Blume
According to a release, Tradesman’s will open for the first time since this crisis for food and drink. Under the Tradesman’s venue, Craft Concepts Group will feature other food, drinks and beer from BRU, Blume, Uptown Beer Garden, Finn McCool’s and even Tinsel. Enticing choices available now from Tradesman’s includes the “Tradesmarked” ($18, serves three, made with Manatawny whiskey, maple simple, orange bitters and smoked bacon) and the “PB&J” ($22, serves five to six, made with Skrewball whiskey, acai berry EmergenC and simple syrup.) Blume will be offering the “Tropical Cloud” ($22, serves four, made with Three Bitches Vodka, coco lopez, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut red bull and freshly-made cotton candy to pour-over), the “Paloma Pouch” ($13, serves one, made with Altos Tequila, lime and grapefruit juice) and “Freeze Pops” (frozen alcoholic freeze pops, $9, serves one, made with Hidden River gin, blueberry simple syrup and lemonade.) Cocktails will be offered through Tradesman’s Take Out window 7 days a week between 3-8 p.m. and ordering can be done over the phone through Tradesman’s at 267-457-3994.