The Bottled Cocktail Trend Is Officially Here
Cocktails on tap? Old news, folks. Now get ready for the bottled cocktail craze.
Back in October, The Coupe introduced three bottled cocktails. Even before that, Elisir had offered one (it no longer does). Now, several more restaurants are getting in on the action, including Range, Del Campo, and forthcoming Kapnos.
Range has two $11 bottled drinks: a vodka soda called "The Name Says It All" and "Mother-in-Law" with bourbon, maraschino, bitters, and curacao. Head bartender Owen Thomson has also concocted three bottled punches in 750 mL bottles for groups ($35 each).
Grill-centric Chinatown restaurant Del Campo debuted this week with two cocktails "embotellado en casa." The $12 "Chilcano Del Mercado" includes ginger syrup, lime juice, Angostura bitters, and pisco infused with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. But Y&H's favorite is the $11 Argentinian-inspired Fernet Branca and Coca-Cola with Madagascar vanilla bean syrup. Bar manager Kristy Fourie says she hopes to eventually have four or five bottled cocktails.
You'll have to stay tuned for the bottled cocktails that show up on the menu of Mike Isabella's Greek-inspired restaurant Kapnos, but Washingtonian reported earlier this week that the bar will serve a bottled lemonade as well as a cocktail with gin, Greek brandy, and housemade tonic.
Aside from the novelty for drinkers, there's a practical purpose for mixologists: It allows them to create more consistent cocktails and get sophisticated concoctions out faster, especially in high volume bars. Expect to see a lot more of them soon.
Photo of Del Campo's Chilcano Del Mercado by Jessica Sidman