Last week, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill allowing New Jersey restaurants to sell to-go cocktails, thanks to a petition drafted by local Jersey City restaurant, Cellar335. With this bill passed, local restaurants who are struggling to stay open due to the pandemic can now make additional revenue and sales so that they can hopefully stay open until restrictions are lifted.
To celebrate this news, we put together a list for readers who are looking to pair their take-out order with a lemonade vodka or rum punch. Talk about perfect timing for Memorial Day weekend coming up!
Cellar335, the founding father of this bill, is offering 16 ounce bottles of cocktails for $25. Selections include the Saturn made of gin, passion fruit, lemon, almond and falernum; the Hurricane includes rum, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit and lime; the Smoldering Bastard made of rye, rum, ginger, passion fruit and lime; and the Fightin’ Five consisting of mezcal, chili liqueur, lemon and almond.
Ed & Mary’s
Ed & Mary’s is serving ready-to-go $18 “on the rocks” cocktails that make two very strong drinks. Customers can choose from a regular margarita, a mai tai, an old fashioned, the Aviation and a jalapeno pineapple margarita. For brunch, they are offering mimosa and bloody mary bundles. Ed & Mary’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
O’Hara’s cocktail to-go menu is extensive! The menu includes a pineapple cucumber margarita, hibiscus cucumber cooler, moscow mule, mai tai, blueberry lemonade and more! Cocktails are 32 ounces and priced at $15. You can view the full list on their Instagram or call them directly.
The smokehouse and biergarten, Hudson Hall, is serving beer, wine, frosé and margaritas to-go to pair with a soft pretzel or whatever you’re feeling for the day! Guests can order directly and pick up via their take-out window.
Franklin Social is offering their crafted cocktails as kits for $40 that serves six people. Selections include the Torchlight with Espolon Tequila, spicy honey, agave and clarified lime; the Good Intentions with Skyy vodka, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger and lemon; the Electric Kite made with Old Forester Bourbon, Tomr’s Tonic, cardamon, cinnamon, chili, lemon and eucalyptus bitters; and more. Franklin Social’s hours include Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Harry’s Daughter is selling a variety of cocktail kits including rum punch ($20), piña colada ($30), old fashioned ($20), hotstepper ($20) and frozen rum punch ($25). Drinks serve between four to six people and can be ordered via GrubHub or by calling the restaurant directly.
Carpe Diem has opened their own adult “Lemonade Stand” where they’re offering housemade lemonade and vodka cocktails, John Daly cocktails, Bloody Mary’s and more! Carpe Diem Hoboken is open Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Isla Restaurant
La Isla Restaurant is offering Mojito and Bacardi Kits available (with food purchase only) for around $20 that makes 16 drinks. Flavor selections include classic, mango, coconut and pineapple habanero.
The Shepherd & The Knucklehead
The Shepherd & The Knucklehead has also opened their own Lemonade Stand that is serving raspberry lemonade cocktails as well as Hoboken Brewing Company brews, White Claws and more! Pick-up is available from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. and delivery of food and alcohol is available until 10 p.m.
Court Street Restaurant & Bar
Court Street Restaurant & Bar is offering a wide selection of their summer cocktails to-go including the Lynchburg Lemonade made of Jack Daniels, sour mix and club soda; the Health Care Hero made of espresso vodka, Baileys and iced coffee; Deep Daly made of sweet tea vodka and lemonade; plus more! You can view the full drink menu here. Court Street is open Monday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery.
Zack’s Oak Bar and Restaurant
At Zack’s Oak Bar and Restaurant pints of pre-made cocktails for $28 serving three drinks are now available. Selections include margarita, spicy margarita, mojito, Zach’s Morning Mud (spiked iced coffee), whiskey sour and more! Customers can also order bloody marys, available only on weekends, to pair with brunch!
Sorellina is selling beer, wine and their crafted cocktails to-go including their Pom & Fig Martini made with Figenza Vodka, pomegranate juice and vermouth; the Basilica, known as the perfect summer drink, made with Tito’s Vodka, grapefruit, honey and basil; and more! All pre-made cocktails make up to four drinks and are available for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
At both Hoboken and Jersey City locations, customers can purchase from different flavor margarita kits including coconut, blood orange, etc. Orale Mexican Kitchen will also be switching up a DIY cocktail kit every Friday for $40. Single-serve cocktails are available for pick-up only as well.