Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued guidance through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission over the weekend allowing restaurants and bars to sell pre-mixed cocktails to-go.
“Allowing restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go will be a lifeline for Texas hospitality businesses as they continue to struggle with the evolving hardships caused by COVID-19,” said Dale Szyndrowski, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Vice President of State Government Relations. “As local businesses are forced to close again, this support is even more critical for restaurants and bars. This measure also allows Texas consumers to enjoy their favorite cocktails in the comfort of their home. We applaud the governor for taking this step to help local businesses.”
Cocktails to-go must be purchased with food and must be in a sealed container in a bag closed with a zip tie. Cocktails to-go must also be placed in non-passenger areas of motor vehicles.
Currently, more than 30 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Other states, including Iowa, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia, are considering making their policies permanent.
The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.