Item no. 48 on things-I-will-never-take-for-granted-again-after-quarantine: A craft cocktail.
No one come at me for how far down it is on my list. Being able to freely leave the house, having work, hugging people, spending time with friends, watching movies in theaters, not having to put on face masks, and wearing lipstick all have to go somewhere.
A craft cocktail never even crossed my mind, perfectly content as I was to have my alcohol content in the form of a Rum Coke I can easily fix myself. One part rum to three parts Coca-Cola, and I’ll even add a lemon garnish if I’m feeling fancy.
I’m not bitter. Also, I don’t have bitters—which is why my drinks at home are rudimentary at best.
But with the shitshow that is 2020, we really do deserve a good drink, and thankfully Cicada by Circa 1900 gets it.
Cicada, one of my favorite go-to places for drinks in the city, came up with Cocktails to Go, which are some of their bestselling concoctions sold by the bottle. To date, there’s Gin Fizz, Negroni, Cosmopolitan, and Amaretto Sour.
I used to be an Amaretto Sour kinda gal, but in recent years I developed an affinity for a great Negroni, dark and bitter yet still with the citrusy profiles I love in a cocktail. I could nurse it like a stiff drink, but it packs more complex flavors with every sip.
Each Cocktail by the Bottle is good for two servings, but for something as strong as a Negroni, I was able to stretch this out to three drinks, which is just as well because, hey, the longer I actually get to enjoy it. You can bet anything I savored every drop.
The first time I had it was on a late afternoon, and the way the glass condensed right away made me think of sunset cocktails, when it’s still warm out yet the drinks are ice-cold.
Happy hours these days seem like such a concept, and while establishments—including Cicada—are slowly opening up and accepting dine-in customers, staying home except for work or necessary errands (PSA: The coronavirus is still around, people) is still vastly preferable.
And that’s what makes Cocktails to Go absolutely perfect: You can enjoy cocktails as if you were out and about, but you’re actually in the comforts and safety of your own home—exactly where you should be right now.
Cicada by Circa 1900 also sells Cold Brew and Cold White Brew Coffee. Order your drinks now by sending them a message or calling them through the number below