Everyone loves a cocktail, and Brits increasingly so with on-trade sales of cocktails booming in the past few years, up 10% by some accounts. But do we have the same love for them when we mix them at home? Probably not. Cocktail making is messy and depending on your whim of the day you’ll need a number of ingredients that you either don’t have access to or are simply not economical enough if you don’t drink the same cocktail on a regular basis.
Enterprising companies realizing this consumer pain have been pre-mixing cocktails for some time but for the most part the results have been less than palatable. That is changing rapidly. In conjunction with the trend towards expertly-crafted cocktails, the number and variety of pre-mixed cocktails is proliferating. Here are some examples of the most popular pre-mixed brands on the market as well as the ones to keep an eye on.
The Cotswolds Distillery Espresso Martini
Our Distillery of the Month this April, the geniuses behind the beautiful Cotswolds Dry Gin (funnily enough our Gin of the Month), are proving to be some of the most experimental distillers in the country. Working on a number of new concoctions, the one that is likely to be widely commercialised first is their Espresso Martini, a clear spirit bottled at 29% ABV whose base is distilled speciality coffee mixed with a secret mixture of spices. With a number of other lines up their sleeve, this is certainly a distillery to watch.
The Handmade Cocktail Company
Spirits emporium Master of Malt expanded into cocktail mixing some years ago with this brand extension. The line includes a number of classic cocktails such as the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni and Gin Martini with 70cl bottles beginning at around £32. The line also includes cask-aged cocktails that will set you back a bit more for the 12 months they mature.
Served in cute little jam jars, Poison Cocktails features six different drinks:
- Woo Woo
- June Bug
- Amaretto Sours
- Lazy Cosmo
- Jack Frost
All you have to do after they deliver to your house is crack the lid, add ice, close, shake and drink. gift Boxes start at £12 with a mixed box of six costing £22.
Chase Distillery’s Marmalade Mule
The innovative distillery’s Seville Orange Marmalade vodka has been transformed into this 6% ABV refreshing cocktail-in-a-can in the classic Mule mixture of ginger beer and lime.
Mr. Lyan’s Bonfire Old Fashioned
If you’re into your whisky cocktails, then this one will slightly singe you with its smoky notes. The pre-made drink comes from Master of Malt and the same man behind London’s most popular pre-mixed cocktail bar, White Lyan