Pandemic restrictions and precautions will change the way we celebrate the holidays this year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to celebrate at all.
If you’re hunkering down at home, or are looking for safe ways to spread a little holiday cheer, a growing list of Sonoma County distilleries are now mixing up some of their best drinks and delivering them right to the doorstep. Kits contain everything you — or the lucky recipient — need to mix delicious drinks at home.
Scroll through the list below for some of the best curated cocktail kits available in Wine Country. All are available for pickup or can be shipped throughout California.
Healdsburg's Young & Yonder shakes things up regularly for its cocktail-loving crowd with a "Cocktail of the Month Kit." December’s delicious offering — The Holiday Coffee — includes Young & Yonder Spirits Vodka, Dulce de Leche Syrup, Blue Bottle Coffee Cold Brew Coffee, and Hershey Kisses for garnish. Each kit makes four cocktails and is priced at $45 plus shipping.
You can also order kits for Young & Yonder’s take on some of your favorite classic cocktails. The Bourbon Old Fashioned Kit includes Bourbon, Flora Luna Apothecary & Trading Co. Honey Aromatic Bitters and Old Fashioned Syrup, along with a Young & Yonder Spirits logo rocks glass. The kit makes 12 cocktails and costs $80.
Young & Yonder’s Lime Vodka Mule Cocktail Kit boasts lime flavored vodka, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, Sonoma Syrup Co. White Ginger Infused Simple Syrup, and logo rocks glass. The kit makes four cocktails (with lime vodka to spare) and costs $50.
The H.O.B.S. Gin Modern G&T features Young & Yonder Spirits H.O.B.S. Gin, Fever-Tree Tonic Water, King Floyd’s Cardamon Bitters, and logo rocks glass. The kit makes four cocktails (with some gin to spare) and costs $60. 449 Allan Court, Healdsburg, (707) 473-8077
Petaluma’s Griffo Distillery is offering close to two-dozen cocktail kits for purchase on its website. The Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour Cocktail Kit (pictured here) is a variation of the classic whiskey sour. It makes about 12 cocktails. $86.40 plus shipping.
The Winter's Remedy Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit includes Griffo Stony Point Whiskey, Bittermilk #1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned Syrup, Dashfire's Chaiwalla Bitters, Eggbert's Premium Cocktail Cherries, and orange peel garnish. $99 plus shipping.
The Elder-Hop Tom Collins Cocktail Kit is a twist on a classic. The kits come with Griffo Scott Street Gin, Bittermilk #2 Elderflower Hop Syrup, Floraluna Honey Aromatic Bitters, and Lagunitas Hop Water. $78.30 plus shipping. 1320 Scott St, Suite A, Petaluma, 707.879.8755
Sebastopol’s Spirit Works Distillery scores bonus points for the fun names attached to its cocktail kits. Think options like The Naked Ape, Rhythm & Booze, Crystal Healing, and Lux Rider (pictured).
All ingredients in The Local (Floral) Gin and Tonic Kit from Spirit Works Distillery come from Bay Area companies. Along with Spirit Works gin, there’s Superbloom Tonic Syrup, and FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co. Rose Petal Bitters. $54.40 plus shipping. 6790 McKinley Street #100, Sebastopol, (707) 634-4793
Hanson of Sonoma Distillery is taking the guesswork out of mixology by offering both cocktail kits and pre-batched cocktails like the (pictured) Mandarin Greyhound. $30 plus shipping.
Along with a bottle of Hanson of Sonoma Vodka, the DIY Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit comes with Sonoma Gourmet Organic Bloody Mary Mix. $50 plus shipping.
If you're looking for something with a little kick, you can sub Hanson’s Habanero Vodka in the DIY Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit. It also includes two bottles of Q Organic Ginger Beer, organic agave, and dehydrated citrus wheels. $60 plus shipping. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, (707) 343-1805
The Sipsong S-I-P Kit includes Indira Gin, Fever-Tree Light Tonic, custom-made mini Flora Luna Apothecary & Trading Co. honey orange bitters, and dried orange for garnish. $59.00 plus shipping. (Shipping in Sonoma County is currently free.) 7759 Bell Road, Windsor, (707) 799-7052
If you’re more of a spirits purist, Sonoma Distilling Company is offering a Sonoma Whiskey Tasting Kit. The set includes 200ml bottles of four types of whiskey: Sonoma Bourbon, Sonoma Rye Whiskey, Sonoma Cherrywood Rye Whiskey, and Sonoma Cherrywood Smoked Bourbon. $59.99 plus shipping.
There’s some extra goodies in the Sonoma Whiskey Tasting Kit like tasting cards, sample grains, and a Sonoma Distilling Company logo tasting glass.
For whiskey lovers interested in adding a virtual aspect to the tasting, Sonoma Distilling Company founder and whiskey-maker, Adam Spiegel, does virtual tastings the second Thursday of the month. 5535 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, 707-583-7753
By: Dana Rebmann