Michigan Solons Send Cocktails-to-Go to Gov. for Signature

The Michigan House passed and sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a bill to allow restaurants and bars to offer cocktails permanently.

“Michiganders are one step closer to enjoying their favorite cocktails to-go on a permanent basis,” said Andy Deloney, senior vp and head of state public policy at the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS). “Cocktails to-go have become a regular part of takeout dining for adult consumers and a stable source of revenue for hospitality businesses. With continued economic challenges like staffing shortages, supply chain issues and record-high inflation, it just makes sense to make this consumer- and business-friendly measure permanent. We urge Governor Whitmer to sign this measure in support of Michigan’s businesses and consumers.”

The bill eliminates the January 1, 2026, sunset on the current temporary cocktails-to-go statute, and allows any on-premise licensee, including manufacturers, to sell cocktails to-go. On-premise retail licensees may deliver using employees or third-party agents, while manufacturers may only deliver using employees.