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Mar 10, 2014 12:17 AM

Local Restaurant Offers Alcoholic Drinks To-Go

CORPUS CHRISTI - "On the jello shots do you want them mixed orrrrr..."a Cool Sips worker asks.

At Cool Sips, you can get drinks through a drive-thru. Something co-owner Michelle Burden says is not against the law.

"We sell our alcohol in closed containers, and once they leave we are hoping that they are going to be responsible and wait until they get home," Michelle Burden, Co-Owner of Cool Sips explains.

Burden says these drinks on the menu like a Long Island Ice Tea, Tequila Sunrise and even a Hurricane contain alcohol, but not the hard stuff.

"Our alcohol is wine based, so we don't sell the hard liquor here," Sonia Silva, Co-Owner of Cool Sips says.

So eventhough it may say Rum or Tequila on the menu, the true ingredient to their drink is wine no stronger than 17% that contains Vodka, Tequila, or Rum flavor.

By TABC law they are not allowed to carry liquor like Patron.

But this drive-thru bar and grill is not just for the grown folks, co-owner Sonia Silva says they wanted it to be a family affair.

"It's not all about the alcohol, we have snow cones as well, smoothies, shakes, food, everybody comes for a little bit of everything," Silva says.

This combination is what has their lines wrapped around the building with customers like Jason Suthern, who bought a cocktail and something for the kids.

"They got their snow cones and pickadillys and all that good stuff, so they have everything here for the family plus food. So it is good to have some good familiy fun at the same time," Suthern says.

He says buying mixed drinks and food is perfectly safe.

"It's the same thing if someone goes into a convenience store and buys a beer and drives out with it, it is all about being responsible in the end," Suthern says.

And the co-owners say they hope her customers will make the right decision to not drink and drive.

"That is our ultimate goal that everyone stays safe...and we have fun at the same time. Sonia : Right, we would hate to hear that someone got hurt after driving through here...that is not our intention at all," the co-owners say.

But of course, they don't want you to be drinking those drinks while driving.


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