If your at-home bartending skills are lacking, leave the mixology to the experts.
Today Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law House Bill 327, which gives a boost to some restaurant and hotel liquor licensees. Those that offer takeout or curbside meals and have lost 25 percent of their average monthly sales due to COVID-19 can now sell to-go cocktails.
The pre-mixed drinks, ranging from four fluid ounces to 64 fluid ounces in a single transaction, must be in a sealed container with a secure lid or cap.
Be warned: even when sealed, that frozen margarita is considered an open container. Once you’ve picked up your libation, put it in the trunk or another part of the vehicle that’s not occupied by the driver or passengers.
Eligible businesses can continue to sell alcoholic refreshments for off-site consumption throughout the pandemic, as long as they’re operating at less than 60 percent capacity.
Some local restaurants, such as Mad Mex and Condado Tacos, have been generating extra revenue by serving to-go margaritas with a malt beverage base instead of tequila. Hidden Harbor, a Squirrel Hill spot know for its tropical drinks, sells just-add-rum mocktails along with glassware and swizzle sticks.
Stay tuned for a list of places serving to-go cocktails.