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First Watch Starts Serving Alcohol

It's the first time the restaurant chain has sold alcohol since its first location opened in 1986.

By Cooper Levey-Baker June 18, 2020

First Watch's Vodka Kale Tonic.

Cheers, everybody. The Manatee County-based breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant chain First Watch recently added cocktails and sparkling wine to menus at eight of its locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It's the first time the restaurant chain has served alcohol since its first location opened in 1986.

Clockwise, from top: First Watch's Morning Glory, Vodka Kale Tonic, Million Dollar Bloody Mary and Pomegranate Sunrise cocktails.

In addition to serving sparkling wine and mimosas, First Watch is mixing up drinks like the Cinnamon Toast Cereal Milk, made with coconut rum, cold brew coffee, coconut milk and agave nectar; the Vodka Kale Tonic, made with vodka and juiced kale, apples, cucumbers and lemons; and the Pomegranate Sunrise, made with tequila, pomegranate juice, lime and agave nectar. The restaurant is also making a Bloody Mary that includes a strip of bacon and the Morning Glory, which is made with vodka, orange juice, lemon, turmeric, ginger and agave nectar.

First Watch's Million Dollar Bloody Mary.

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