As the weather warms up, and the air starts to feel like summer, the craving for a delicious cocktail kicks in. There are so many great Reno-Local businesses providing amazing cocktails to-go1864 options.
Of course, we could make our own concoctions, but why go through all of the hassle and failed experimentation?
Creativity is Key
Over the last year, businesses have had to get creative, and bar/brewers/distilleries/etc have really brought their A-Game when it comes to libations to-go. I have enjoyed martinis to-go, from the comfort of my living room or a friend’s backyard, on more than one occasion.
We always expect beer on the go, but a handcrafted cocktail that is ready to drink? Genius!
While life (and business) resumes a sense of normal, this hasn’t stopped the availability of festive drinks to take with you. What better way to celebrate the start of the “warm weather season” than by supporting locals with a lovely libation?!
Canned cocktails are a must-have for outdoor adventures, and 10 Torr makes a refreshing variety using their own distilled spirits.
MUST TRY: If you like a little spice, try the “Amantes Picantes” canned cocktail. House-made jalapeno and habanero flavored vodka are mixed with mint, lime, and carbonated water. Yum! Another unique hit is their “Lavender Lemonade”.
Address: 541 East 4th St., Reno, NV 89512
Ferino is a local distillery, and their inventive cocktails brought much happiness to my family during quarantine. My husband and I celebrated our 3rd Anniversary enjoying Manhattans and Margaritas from our backyard oasis.
MUST TRY: Everything is made from scratch a Ferino, including their specialized Cannella (a cinnamon cordial). Check their website regularly for the rotating cocktail menu. If you’re up for an adventure, join the “Club Ferino Cocktail Society” and be the first to try exclusive cocktails
Address: 606 West Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89509
Offering food and drink from local area farms and their own greenhouse, The Rattlesnake Club features “sip-craft cocktails” that include their house barrel-aged libations.
MUST TRY: The Rattlesnake Club’s “Snake Pit Cocktails” are 12.7oz bottles of their specialty cocktails, aged on-site in oak barrels for 3-5 weeks. One bottle serves approx. four people. If you’re feeling like you need a tropical getaway, try a “Caribbean Boa” which features Heirloom Pineapple Amaro and Hibiscus Bitters.
Address: 290 California Ave, Reno, NV 89501
Celebrating the rich heritage of Nevada, 1864 Tavern crafts its cocktails with fresh ingredients. They have perfected not only the art of the cocktail but also the ease of online ordering.
You can choose your specific day/time for pick-up. OR, make it a PARTY! 1864 Tavern offers the ability to order cocktails to go for large groups.
MUST TRY: Offering local twists on classics, 1864 Tavern cocktails are $16 and each container holds 2 drinks. I’m a big fan of the “Desert Rose” which not only looks gorgeous in a glass over ice, its refreshing hints of lavender syrup, muddled blueberries, lemon juice, and gin, always quench my thirst.
Death & Taxes offers an online Bottleshop. And while they call it a Bottleshop, I think it’s more like a general store of all bar must-haves. Not only does Death & Taxes offer their bottled specialty cocktails, but they also sell bitters, bourbon, whisky, scotch, rum, specialty bottles of liquor, and barware. If you’re looking for a one-stop-party place, Death & Taxes is it!
MUST TRY: Bottled Cocktails are offered in 375ml (serving 3) and 750ml (serving 6) options. All drinks come with detailed instructions about how cocktails should be served, what kind of glass is recommended, and garnish is included. The “DT Gold Rush” is one everyone over 21 may like. This cocktail features old tub bourbon, meletti amaro, lemon, apple, caramel, and is garnished with caramel popcorn.
Address: 55 West Arroyo St, Reno, NV 89501
With recipes handed down 3 generations, El Adobe Café is a family favorite for both good food and amazing margaritas. The great thing about getting drinks to-go from El Adobe Café is that you can also get Family-Style meals to-go. Feed a family of four, six, or eight at a very affordable price!
MUST TRY: It goes without saying that margaritas and Mexican food go hand-in-hand. El Adobe Café boasts some of the best margs in town, and my family and friends happen to agree. Margaritas are offered on the rocks and blended, in a variety of flavors. And if margaritas aren’t your thing, El Adobe Café has stepped up its game and also offer Micheladas to-go too.
Addresses: MidTown Reno – 752 South Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501 and South Reno – 5851 South Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502
A favorite brunch location has rolled out the most fantastic to-go options for brunching in your pjs. Two Chicks offers everything you need for a delicious morning, and have thought of every detail, including the libations! Seasonal mimosas and brunch have been enjoyed on several holidays in our family. I can’t tell you how happy I was to not think about Christmas-Morning breakfast. And my taste buds thoroughly enjoyed the spiced cranberry mimosa!
MUST TRY: Two Chicks offers a variety of “Take Out Cocktail Kits” ranging in price from $8 (for Bloody Mary Mix) to $50 (for a 32ox Peach Bellini Kit). Other kits include the makings for Greyhounds, Screwdrivers, Bloody Marys’, and of course Mimosas.
It is important to note, that while to-go drinks are a fun option, we encourage responsible alcohol consumption. It is still illegal to drink and drive, and drinks must be kept sealed until you are at your location.
Do you have a favorite place to get celebratory drinks? We would love to hear where you and other Nevada Moms like to sip something fancy. Post or share pictures with Nevada Moms!
Sarah Bear Rively is a Reno resident for over 30 years and loves the uniqueness of Northern Nevada. Sarah and her husband are parents to a sassy, smart, considerate “three-anger". Sarah has spent the majority of her career helping Reno’s at-risk populations through non-profit and social service work. She now proudly works for the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Sarah considers herself a fun-loving person who enjoys laughing, getting creative, helping the community, and spending time with family. You can follow her in real life on Instagram and TikTok.