By Amanda V. Mead
A hallmark of the holiday season is gathering with folks you love to share hearty food and drink. COVID-19 makes that more difficult this year, but local businesses are stepping up to provide the next best thing: holiday cocktails on the go.
Lil Sumthin’ Saloon, barely open three months when bars and taverns shut down, recently rebranded as Lil Sumthin’ Cocktail Market. They deliver Texas-inspired hot dogs and cocktails to your front door. Specialty cocktails arrive neatly packaged with reusable glassware, drink garnishes, and assembly instructions. Drinks like the Maple Old Fashioned, a sweeter well-balanced take on the classic, and the Laredo Pumpkin Pie Martini can be poured into sugar pumpkins, surprisingly functional vessels that can be baked and eaten afterward. Also offered for the holidays is a rum hot toddy that explodes with flavor and bite.
Lil Sumthin’ offers free delivery to the downtown core and a flat $5 fee beyond. In addition to individual cocktails, they offer full-size bottles and ingredients. Visit Spokanecocktails.com for both intimate and family gatherings.
Cochinito Taqueria, another favorite in downtown Spokane, also offers custom holiday cocktails for in-house dining, takeout, or delivery via Spokane-based Treehouse Deliveries. The North Utsire features gin, ginger simple syrup, fresh lime, and rhubarb bitters, while the Blood Orange Margarita blends tequila, fresh blood orange juice, sour, and triple sec.
All drinks are built, shaken, then packaged with instructions for pouring. Go to Cochinitotaqueria.com for more information.
As you make holiday plans, support one of our local small businesses, especially in this time of giving and thanks.
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