San Diego’s bar industry has been at a standstill since the county’s March 16 order mandating the closure of all bars and other businesses that only serve alcohol. On a national level, the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) is now accepting applications for grants, and locally, bars, distilleries, and the people that run them are developing alternative ways of staying afloat.
Led by Seth Marquez, who works at Fernside in South Park and is also the lead bartender at Oceanside’s new Carte Blanche, Lockdown Liquor is a just-launched delivery service that provides professionally-made drink mixes to home cocktail enthusiasts.
Marquez, along with partners Karen Cheng, a bartender at Realm of the 52 Remedies, and Nick Sinutko, the wine director at Campfire, will create the mixes in the Carte Blanche kitchen (under sanitary conditions and at socially-appropriate distances). Made with fresh juices, herbs, and housemade syrups, they’ll range from classic daiquiris and Moscow Mules to an Eastside with cucumber, mint and lime; all you need to do is add the appropriate spirit. The mixes will come with recipes included, and Lockdown Liquor will be creating how-to videos for its Instagram page.
Priced from $20 to $30, quart containers of the mixers will hold enough supply for 18 cocktails. The range for same-day delivery is currently Encinitas to Oceanside, but Marquez tells Eater that he will be signing up other bartenders and widening delivery areas.
Orders can be placed via Instagram @lockdownliquor or email at email@example.com.