A Toast To Takeout: Raising a glass to Rhode Island’s carryout cocktails
Ah, the drudgery of January! Bank accounts are looking slim from holiday gifting, the recent snowstorm lines the streets with less-than-Instagram-friendly slush, and they just took “The Office” off of Neflix. Worst month ever? Wait just a second! What if I told you there was a way to beat the New Year doldrums with … *drumroll please* … takeout and delivery cocktails! Yes, even though it’s 2021 and I’m keeping my fingers crossed this pandemic ends soon, one of the best things to come from this past year of socially distant savoir-faire is the ability to enjoy takeout with a side of spirits. These places prove that even though we’re dealing with less-than-ideal circumstances, there’s always room to lift a glass to brighter days ahead. So curl up under a cozy blanket and toast to a better New Year, even if it’s a bit different than before!
Huck’s Filling Station: Savvy Rhode Islanders know that this East Greenwich hidden gem is worth the trip for next-level comfort food, but did you know that their takeout and delivery menu is packed to the gills with radical refreshments as well? Wait’ll you get a taste of beverage director Ryan Draine’s house-made takes on saloon stalwarts. The cinnamon Fireball packs a scorching punch, and the Dr. McGillicuddy’s is the historically accurate 1865-inspired draft that’s the natural companion to binge watching Bridgerton on Netflix. Or maybe that’s just me? Either way, Huck’s has got you covered for all things alcohol, and you don’t even have to leave the house! Online ordering for takeout and delivery at hucksfillingstation.com and contactless pickup at 4654 Post Road, East Greenwich.
Diego’s: This Newport taco and margarita institution’s brand new PVD location burst on the scene in December to bring South of the Border style to those of us who refuse to go over the bridge! Bar manager Lisa Virgadamo whips up some of the best margs in RI, made with fresh squeezed fruit juice and house-made infused tequila. Of course, the classic can’t be beat, but if you’re looking for something with a bit more pizzazz, the sweet n’ sour sensation of the Blood Orange Margarita is truly stupendous, and the gorgeous deep pink color makes for a #trending-worthy Instagram post! Online ordering for takeout at diegosnewport.com or diegosprovidence.com and contactless pickup at 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport or 192 Wayland Ave, PVD.
Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails: No, this isn’t your typical brick-n’-mortar bar, but if you want to expand your knowledge of libations and treat yourself to something a bit different, you’ll want to check out Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails! Willa Van Nostrand’s unique operation (whose name means “please and thank you” in German) cordially hosts virtual cocktail making classes featuring local botanical spirits, and offers cocktail subscription boxes with weekly drink recipes and a perfectly paired snack to get you through the dullest month of the year. You treated everyone for the holidays – why not treat yourself? Online ordering at littlebitte.com and contactless pickup window for cocktail kits at 268 Broadway, PVD.