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For when you’re staying in, but still want to go All Out, these are the pre-mixed cocktail delivery services bringing a dash of ceremony to your night on the sofa.
And, virtuous alternate reason to order enormous amounts of alcohol, helping you keep the London bars you love afloat and waiting to welcome you on the other side of lockdown.
The Quarantini Kit from Bethnal Green’s The Sun Tavern, comes with your choice of two bottles (four serves in each bottle). On the basis that you should order things which are a hassle to make for yourself — could be because they’re difficult to get right, or because you probably don’t have all the esoteric ingredients at home — we’d go half Sazerac (if you have a ready supply of your own brandy and Peychaud’s Bitters in your cupboard, we bow to your superior adulting), and half the Toreador (tequila, apricot and lemon; less saccharine and way more forceful than it sounds).
Delivery: free within 2 miles of their Bethnal Green bar. £10 for all other deliveries.
The Sun Tavern Quarantini Kit includes eight cocktails (choose two cocktails from their list, four serves of each) for £30. (In January, discounted to £24)
Order from The Umbrella Project here.
Scottish whisky-slingers Mac + Wild have been sending punters home with pre-bottled masterpieces since well before lockdown. All around the £30 mark, we recommend the Foraged Old Fashioned — whisky shot through with heather honey and pine tincture. But keep a look out for the Ginger Laddie: crops up on the menu sometimes — Bruichladdich, oloroso sherry and vermouth, in a gingered-up Manhattan.
Delivery: delivered anywhere in London — stockists vary and so do delivery charges.
Mac + Wild cocktails are from £29 – £32 for a 50cl bottle.
Order from Mac + Wild here.
We were drawn to this for shallow reasons (the name) but it’s as smoky and soul-warming as it sounds. Mr Lyan’s cocktails can be quite high concept, but this one’s a straightforward pleasure, though maybe not one for Old Fashioned purists (whisky, cola bitters, lapsang souchong tea).
Delivery: delivered across London via Master of Malt. Varying delivery charges.
Mr Lyan cocktails are from £30 for a 50cl bottle.
Order from Master of Malt here.
If we’re completely honest we strongly (strongly) considered making Pamela’s Old Fashioned the star of this rec, and only didn’t because we were embarrassed to have so many whisky cocktails on the list. We contain multitudes. Have a vodka-based rec instead. The Des Barres is a bright green bottle of jalapeño-infused vodka blended with kiwi purée, in a thick, vivid smoothie. All the better for the weird dissonance that comes from it looking strikingly like a wheatgrass shot, or something else that’ll be good for you.
Honourable mention to the wholesome-but-not-wholesome Oat Milk White Russian DIY set. Oat milk takes the slightly stomach-curdling pleasure of your standard White Russian — like, yes, the wonders of dairy but still: the thin sharpness of vodka, that mix of cream and angularity, come on — to a perfect, malty coarseness where the acerbic kick of vodka suddenly makes more sense.
Delivery: London zones 1-3, £5.
Pamela cocktails are from £30 for a 50cl bottle, and the Oat Milk White Russian package is £45 for the set.
Order from Pamela here.
Disclaimer: we’ve never tried this one, but it was clear the moment their order page loaded this was the only CTC pre-bottled for us.
Jagermeister Manifest, walnut-spiced Pinot Noir, coffee and Rooibos. Objectively, this sounds awful — as does the description of it as pretty ‘out there’ — but we miss going out in London and part of what we miss is drinking something regrettable and pretty ‘out there’, just because you shouted it over the counter in a lowlit bar where you couldn’t read the menu but consequences don’t extend as far ahead as having to drink the drink you’ve just ordered.
CTC also offer pleasant-sounding pre-mixed bottles, if lockdown’s hit you differently than it’s hit us. If you’re still in the market for… nice drinks, that you will have a Nice Time drinking, then go for The Ultimate Mule.
Delivery: a lot of London, check the Flask Cocktails map for delivery area here.
Cocktail Trading Co. bottles start at £7 for a single serve.
Order from Flask Cocktails here.