Whisky to Go Go

Thanks to relaxed regulations from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Sacramento eateries and drinkeries can now sell libations to go, provided they’re purchased with food (even a side of fries would suffice). And as they’ve done with their quarantine curbside meals, local restaurants are crafting takeout cocktails that are just as flavorful and creative as their dine-in versions. The ABC reprieve won’t expire until the state deems the pandemic officially over, so to help get you started on some socially distanced drinking, here are a few spirited suggestions of our own.

Summer Sippers from The Mimosa House
Served straight up in a nostalgic Capri Sun-inspired pouch, The Mimosa House’s Summer Sippers come in four varieties, including a boozy Arnold Palmer (Maker’s Mark bourbon, black iced tea, just-squeezed lemonade) and the Cool as a Cucumber (cucumber-infused vodka, fresh watermelon purée). Just add a unicorn pool float and summer is officially served. $10. Locations in Rancho Cordova, East Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom and El Dorado Hills. mimosahouseca.com

High Thymes from Allora
Fresh-plucked herbs and edible pansies garnish the High Thymes, an elixir of barrel-aged Sibona grappa, Italian thyme liqueur and honey distillate. Uncap your single-serve bottle—a green ribbon attaches a fortune-sized description of its contents—and pour into a glass tumbler with ice. $14. 5215 Folsom Blvd. 916-538-6434. allorasacramento.com

Huckleberry Gin Old Fashioned
from Hawks Provisions & Public House

House-made huckleberry gin liqueur—steeped with fruit picked in Montana by a restaurant regular—spikes a seasonal Old Fashioned, also mixed with pisco-style brandy and tobacco bitters. The slow, smoky sip comes in an 8-ounce Mason jar with hand-scrawled labels and a packet of wolfberry-flavored sugar for DIY rimming. $16. 1525 Alhambra Blvd. 916-588-4440. hawkspublichouse.com