One of my favorite ways to pass time during quarantine is by aimlessly scrolling through Instagram and Twitter. Through these apps I’m able to pretend that I am a person who is able to still move throughout the world in an unrestricted manner. Recently I’ve spent time searching for luxe Airbnbs in Saint Barts that I’ll likely never be able to afford to stay in, following restaurants on IG that supposedly serve the best hot chocolate in Paris, and, more constructively, browsing the social media accounts of my favorite galleries and museums around the world.
A few weeks ago, on Instagram I saw an image of an elaborate beautiful blue cocktail with an obscene amount of garnish linked to one of the restaurants that Tyler DiMarco serves as beverage director. I was enamored by the QuaranTiki kits that he designed—the kits are different each week but always come with a quart of pre-chilled cocktails, a lot of beautiful garnish including mint, edible flowers, drink parasols, and Campari-soaked fruits, as well as a QR code for two custom Tiki-bar-inspired playlists.
I love the attention to detail DiMarco used in designing these kits, which ensures a unique experience for the purchaser along with a delicious drink. The possibility of escapism through a curated QuaranTiki kit is something that we all could use these days. Even when we are so distant, we can, on a small scale, tap into the feelings of congregating in bars by buying things like cocktails to go, which also help us support the Baltimore bars we love so much until we can safely hang out in them.
DiMarco is the Beverage Director for Noona’s, Fat Tiger, Old Boy, and El Tigre Tiki Bar. His creativity was part of what inspired me to research the various restaurants and bars in Baltimore offering carry-out beverage services during quarantine. And now that restaurants in Baltimore are allowed to offer outdoor seating, a few of the establishments he works for are making the shift to outdoor seating for patrons.