Bottoms up: our favourite at-home cocktail kits

Turn your kitchen into a bar with our round-up of the best drinks deliveries to try

Written by Clara Strunck April 21, 2021

Nothing gets a party started like a well-stocked home bar. But if you’re hardly a dab hand with a cocktail shaker, there’s no need to despair – a new breed of cocktail delivery services is here to help. From drinks you make yourself (complete with detailed instructions) to pre-mixed bottles and limited-edition numbers, we’ve rounded up the best deliveries on offer – along with the perfect glassware from The Sette to match. Chin chin!

STIR-UP

STIR-UP COCKTAILS

If you’d really love to make cocktails yourself but aren’t sure where to start, meet your new best friend in Stir-Up Cocktails. Sign up for membership and you’ll receive a monthly delivery of everything you need for four cocktails through your letterbox, along with a shopping list for fresh ingredients, details about the origin of the drink, a how-to video and even a curated playlist. With a menu including Mai-Tais, Cosmopolitans, Picantes, Espresso Martinis and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

From 29.95 per month for a six month membership. Available to order online here.

DRINKS DROP

THE DRINKS DROP

Can’t decide which bar to visit this Saturday? We’ve got the perfect solution. The Drinks Drop brings together the best cocktails from your favourite bars, including Artesian, Coupette, Laki Kane and Trailer Happiness and delivers them to your door that same day. Opt for one of the pre-designed collections – we particularly like the ‘Disco Box’ for getting the weekend started – or customise your own selection from a comprehensive list.

From £19.50 for a customised box of two cocktails. Available to order online here.

HACHA DALSTON

HACHA DALSTON

A celebration of tequila and mezcal, London’s only ‘agaveria’ Hacha Dalston is now selling its award-winning Mirror Margarita to sample at home. Voted Time Out’s 7th Best Cocktail in the World and Cocktail of the Year 2020 at the CLASS Bar Awards, this is definitely one to add to your shopping list. Available in tequila and mezcal iterations, this crystal clear twist on the classic is served in a sleek, glass bottle. When served, it looks just like water – but tastes so much better…

From £35.00 for a 500ml bottle. Available to order online here.

OXLEY GIN GIMLETS

OXLEY GIN GIMLETS

If you have a weakness for a G&T, you won’t want to miss this. Throughout April, gin enthusiasts can order limited edition Oxley Gin Gimlets created in collaboration with a host of London’s award-winning bars, including Swift, Nine Lives and Three Sheets. Each has created their own unique twist on the classic cocktail, bottled and available to deliver to your door. Access to top bars without leaving the sofa? It’s a yes from us.

From £28.00 for a bottle of five serves for the Nine Lives Rocket Gimlet, available to order online here.

From £15.00 for a 220ml pouch for the Swift + Oxley Elderflower Gimlet, available to order online here. From £29.00 for a 500ml bottle for the Three Sheets’ Cold Gimlet, available soon here.

NIO COCKTAILS

NIO COCKTAILS

NIO stands for Needs Ice Only – and these pre-batched cocktails really do hardly require you to lift a finger. Choose a mixture of their well-judged blends yourself – think Daiquiris, Whisky Sours, Manhattans and more – or leave it to the experts and pick a pre-made selection. You’ll then receive your order through the letterbox, with each individual cocktail cleverly packaged in a neat, flat envelope, ready for you to shake and rip open. All you need to do is grab a glass. What could be better?

From £19.50 for a customised box of three. Available to order online here.

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