The last year has seen bars, clubs and restaurants closed and with the shutdown of anything resembling an opportunity to mix, people have been bringing the entertainment home. One of the real positives of lockdown has been the opportunity to get those things we know and love wrapped up and delivered to our doorstep to be indulged and consumed form the comfort of our own homes.
To celebrate World Cocktail Day today, and with restrictions being lifted and people starting to host and entertain once again, we’ve pulled together our best cocktail-at-home kits that have made lockdown lively over the last few months, and that we think are worth enjoying for a few more.
Fortum and Mason Kir Royale
This must be the ultimate showstopper; Fortnum and Mason’s Kir Royale cocktail. Packaged in their signature turquoise gift box it contains everything you need to make the most exquisite classic Kir Royale. Featuring the Blanc de Blancs Champagne by Hostomme and a bottle of English Cassis made from blackcurrants picked on a Herefordshire family farm, it screams luxury and is a perfect way to toast a reunion or celebration.
The Nook Cocktail Club
Based in Dorset, this award-winning cocktail bar has created the ultimate cocktail delivery packages, all created by Amy Burton, the in-house beverage director and managing partner. The Nook Cocktail club supplies individual ingredients and garnishes to make four full-sized cocktails. With useful step-by-step guides and video tutorials, it’s a great way to get to understand the cocktail making process and sample a few new drinks you’ve probably not tried before. There are six different cocktails available, three of which are mocktails, and each box offers a gift wrap service and personalised message within the kit. If you’re looking to impress and deliver that mixologist at-home experience, then The Nook is the one for you.
Create Cocktails at Home
Create Cocktails at Home is exactly what it presents itself as, and the online store specialises in building handcrafted cocktails delivered to your door including bespoke orders and DIY cocktail boxes. One such example is the Maison Mumm Champagne cocktail box, beautifully packaged and featuring everything you need to craft two variations of classic Champagne cocktails, the peach and vanilla Bellini and the Pink French 75, which is perfect for a party of four.
Cocktails by Candlelight
If a full cocktail sensual overload is what you’re in need of then Cocktails By Candlelight is for you. They provide a combination of a cocktail and candle kit that allows you to make two scented candles and four fresh cocktails. It’s a perfect kit for a date night or night with friends and is a unique offering that takes cocktail couture to another level.
The Cocktail Service
The Cocktail Club is a venture by the team behind the Cocktail Service, a drinks agency that has an in-depth knowledge of the industry delivering marketing and events across the UK and beyond, and it shows. The packaging and branding make their cocktail kits a perfect gift and really help elevate the cocktail at home experience. The Ultimate Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit was presented beautifully with the best possible ingredients and the additional detailed extras such as dehydrated orange wheels, ice sphere mould and even GNAW handcrafted orange zest dark chocolate to complement the drink.
The Cocktail Porter J&B Rare Whiskey Seasonal Cocktail Collection Petite Kit is another example of a perfect package that allows you to bring the bar vibe home. With great ingredients and simple cocktails, it’s a good way to look much more skilled and comfortable with cocktail making than you’re likely to be. The unique aspect of this kit is that it’s not about one drink, there are three variations of the cocktail so you can quite simply throw your own cocktail party with a seasonal feel, or just indulge and try a few new ingredients and drinks you’re less familiar with.
Staying in really is the new going out and with so many great options and variations whatever the drink and whatever the occasion there’s something out there for everyone.