From Espresso Martinis to zesty Negronis, there’s something oh so joyful about quaffing a cocktail. Whilst bars across the capital may be closed and cheeky date nights out put on hold for now, we’ve scoured ten of the best cocktail delivery services offering to mix things up from the comfort of your home. Pre-made, DIY kits and virtual party packs, we’ve got libations for every lockdown scenario…
HEADS AND TAILS
West Hampstead cocktail haunt Heads and Tails may be best known by locals, serving up an array of aperitifs and short & stirred. From North London to nationwide delivery, you can summon and sip Heads and Tails cocktails to your abode. Will you opt for an heavenly Angel Face or keep things classic with a honey-kissed Maple Old Fashioned? Whichever pre-mixed marvel you choose be sure to rder via slerp.com (locally) or headsandtails.bar (nationwide).
Residing round Shoreditch and in search of a weekend sundowner? Why not give Callooh Callay a call. Their cocktail delivery service runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night – mixed, bottled and ready to pour, go crisp and clean with a Dry Gin Martini or channel sunshine vibes with a heady Rum Punch. There’s also a fine array of spirits and mixers – Monkey Shoulder teamed with Franklin & Sons Mandarin and Ginger; Campari, Sweet Vermouth and Soda and Jim Beam Rye and Ginger Ale.
If tequila tickles your fancy, Kingsland Road’s HACHA is happy to bring the drinks to your door. Renowned for their agave flights and their signature ‘Mirror Margarita’, which won Cocktail of the Year at the CLASS bar awards, their ready-to-drink cocktails simply need pouring over ice. Delivery within 3 miles of Hacha is a free courier service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of bottles you would like to purchase (Tequila and/or Mezcal and/or Agave flight), your full address and contact number.
THE DRINKS DROP
Teaming up with a host of London’s finest cocktail bars, Highball Brands are keeping our spirits high with their cocktail delivery service. With delivery available from Thursday to Saturday, simply place your order before 3pm for delivery on the same day or nominate which day you’d prefer a doorstep drinks drop. Stoke Newington’s Doña is serving up their short, sharp Doña Margarita, Islington’s Laki Kane get tropical with their rum based, mango laced Aride and our favourite, The Dandy Martini from Maltby St Market’s neighbourhood nook of a restaurant – Dandy. To check out the rest of the cocktail menu and delivery catchment visit the thedrinksdrop.com.
THE FOUR SISTERS
Mixing quality classic and contemporary signature cocktails using only the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. From barrel aged bitters to fresh citrus the team at The Four Sisters blend, press and cook everything ourselves for the cleanest possible flavours. During lockdown you can sample their finest via Deliveroo. Pick from a jammy fig palmetto, smooth cafe au lait, floral chamomile gimlet and smokey tea old fashioned.
LADIES & GENTS
Quarantine anyone? Partnering with Juiced In Time, North London neighbourhood cocktail bar Ladies & Gents are rolling out one ravishing delivery service. North Londoners can keep it local by ordering via Deliveroo, for those further across London (Brent, City of London, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster), order via email@example.com. Orders placed before 5pm will be sent out for delivery from 6pm onwards on delivery days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
MAC & WILD
If it’s been one of those days where coffee alone won’t cut it, why not indulge with one of Mac & Wild’s Blackwatch Espresso Martinis. Their dark and stormy ‘whisky’ take on the much loved Espresso Martini is one of the best sellers in the Mac & Wild Scottish cocktail range. The brain child of one of Mac & Wild’s founding team members, Luke Leiper, the beautifully balanced range offers twists on many of the classic cocktails in a simple to prepare format.
If drinks luminary Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka, Mr Lyan is a fan, you know you’re onto a good thing. Copenhagen-based distillery, Empirical Spirits, are passionate about flavour. Whether used to evoke memories or tap into a moment, they have crafted a collection of pretty impressive spirits and pre-mixed cocktails. There’s the Pony Negroni (a quince tea spirit called Fallen Pony, with bitter apertif and red vermouth) and Bonita Applebum (more Fallen Pony, with pineapple, banana, lemon zest and white chocolate). Taster collections of their famed spirits combine three bottles of rather cannily named tipples including Helena, Fallen Pony and Charlene McGee.
Producer of award-winning premium tonics and mixers, Double Dutch is helping you #StayHome in style with a range of new home delivery packs, including Isolation packs, Family Fun and Virtual Party packs, perfect for quarantine. The packs include everything from hand sanitiser and games to spirits and Double Dutch mixers for making the perfect G&T at home! For every purchase of a quarantine pack £5 will be donated to NHS via #FeedtheNHS and the Royal Free Charity Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Delivery nationwide within 48 hours, subject to availability.
If you’re looking for fuss-free cocktails, mad NIO your number one. Standing for Needs Ice Only (NIO) you can savour expertly-crafted cocktails delivered straight to your door. Gimlets and Gin Sours, Negronis and Cosmos, the list of cocktails to pick and mix from is vast and the packaging is pretty sleek too. With NIO signature house cocktails created by Head Mixologist Patrick Pistolesi, you can trial a mini box of three for under £20 or scale up for sharing boxes of 6 or bar boxes of 9. These sustainable shake and sip cocktails really are a treat during lockdown.