Words by Leighanne Bent
These cocktail delivery services and takeaway bars are hear to save your summer.
Has your big day been put on hold? As the saying goes: all good things come to those who wait. If you’ve had to postpone your engagement or wedding (or both) because of the pandemic, we suggest rallying together your closest friends (with numbers that have been approved by the government, of course) for an alternative celebration instead. To help you along the way, we got in touch with DesignMyNight for their top cocktail delivery recommendations.
From Pornstar Martinis to signature sips from some of London’s best bars, here’s to raising a glass to your 2021 plans instead.
11 Cocktail Delivery Services to Try at Home
Pornstar Martinis are one of the nation’s favourite cocktails, and for plenty of good reason. Ordering one on a girls’ night out seems almost inevitable but if you’re missing that sharp passionfruit kick at home, you’re in luck. Taking away all the hassle of measuring ingredients in your kitchen, Tails Cocktails will send you a pre-batched bottle of the orange liquid to enjoy at home. They have other options too; think berry mojitos and zesty garden spritzes.
Cocktails By Lollipop
Lollipop is the brains behind some of London’s coolest concept bars (Chelsea Funhouse has a Champagne vomiting unicorn) and during 2020 they launched a brand new cocktail service that sees their most popular drinks being delivered nationwide. Their espresso martini is the star of the show but they’ve recently released some brand new creations, including their very own version of the piña colada. The perfect welcome drink for a garden party? You know it.
Map Maison might be responsible for the cutest afternoon tea in East London but rest assured – they are no one trick pony. This whisky-led bar has started bottling its creations for the ultimate stay home experience, which means you can sip bar-quality cocktails without having to leave the house (or your back garden). Bottling up signature negronis and manhattans, the only real problem is deciding which drink you’d like to wow your guests with.
The Drunken Jockeys
Starting life as a mobile bar company, bringing a creative bar experience to weddings and events across London, Surrey and the south of England, The Drunken Jockeys have adapted to life in lockdown with a new cocktail delivery service. Offering up their cocktail wizardry and vintage-inspired aesthetic with a menu of both signature and new cocktails, each drink comes in a reusable mason jar with detailed serving instructions. And, as a little incentive, for every jar returned you’ll receive 25p off of your repeat order (as if we needed persuading!).
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If you’d like to take your cocktail drinking to the next level, Cassidy’s will knock your socks off. This immersive Western experience will see you picking one of their handcrafted bottles (big shoutout to their pineapple margarita) before it’s smuggled/delivered to your front door. When it arrives you’ll get to unlock a whole host of secret videos from various characters on their bizarre bootlegging experience. One sip of their heady libations and you’ll be screaming yeehaw in no time.
Cocktail Delivery from PartyLab
PartyLab is a brand-new cocktail delivery service that was born during lockdown and it’s got a whole range of cocktails to choose from. The only catch? You need to live within a 5-mile radius of NW5 3EW. For the lucky ones who fall into this postcode, your drinks should arrive within just 30-40 minutes of ordering. They come in eco-friendly pouches that are 100% compostable and will disintegrate if they end up in the sea. Sustainable boozing has never looked (or tasted) so good.
Heads + Tails
Heads + Tails is one of the jewels in London’s cocktail crown and although they’ve swung their doors back open for bookings and service, they’re still delivering a selection of their favourite cocktails nationwide. Pick from cosmopolitans to their signature Smoke On The Water, or if you want something sweet to end or start your night, the grasshopper is a strong choice – it’s like a mini mint explosion in your mouth.
Mac & Wild
Known far and wide for their award-winning burgers, Mac & Wild is more than just a place to get your brioche fix. The Scottish-inspired restaurant in London is now back open for bookings, but if you’re keen to stay and sip at home, their collection of bottled drinks should keep you happy for the rest of summer. Fill your drinks cabinet with the likes of their Dundee Sour and Bonnie Spritz, and watch as the compliments roll in from your family and friends.
Callooh Callay is quite possibly one of the worst kept secrets in London… but that’s because word travels fast about good things. This much-loved cocktail bar is guilty of hiding secret rooms and serving killer cocktails, but you don’t need to travel towards Shoreditch to taste their tantalizing creations. They launched a delivery service during lockdown and have some sensational sips that are perfect for entertaining guests at home.
If you’ve ever been to one of their bars, you’ll know that Dirty Martini knows a thing (or five) when it comes to making a great martini. You can now book a table as all of their venues across the capital have reopened (insert fist pump) or you can order one of their bottled libations for a seamless drinking experience at home. Choose from wild strawberry, blood orange and vanilla, and cheers to an epic get together minus the hassle of the night tube home.
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NIO Cocktail Delivery
The excitement of waiting for your next delivery is about to go twofold. NIO is an online service that lets you pick from their expertly chosen menu to build your own cocktail collection at home. They have some cracking creations to dabble over; the vodka sour, garden of Russia and brown gold being a few of our firm favorites. Terrible at making decisions? They even have a dinner party box that takes away the hassle of hemming and hawing.