If there’s one thing we’re missing in lockdown, it’s sitting in our best-loved cocktail bar sipping on something delicious.
Thankfully, a number of London’s leading bars and restaurants are bottling up their signature drinks for you (and us) to enjoy at home. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites to help see you through lockdown. Chin Chin.
Tayēr and Elementary
Tayēr and Elementary is currently ranked fifth in ‘World’s 50 Best’ cocktail bars – an amazing achievement, considering that they only opened in 2019. Located just off Old Street roundabout, T & E is owned by bartenders Alex Kratena and Monica Berg, who, between them, have an impressive collection of awards and accolades. Pivoting their bar into an ‘off-licence’ and offering a range of high-end, ready-to-drink cocktails, customers can choose from five different take-home cocktail mixes. The light and delicate bergamot margarita and the bar’s signature Palo Santo gimlet are our current favourites. Order these for lockdown celebrations or send as gifts to your girlfriends pre-Zoom call.
Cult steakhouse Hawksmoor is famous for its juicy steaks, but those in the know will have also testered its cocktail menu – which, for the record, is just as tasty. During lockdown they launched ‘Hawksmoor at Home’, a selection of meal kits and pre-bottled cocktails to enjoy en su casa. Take-out tipples include seasonal twists on the classics – a blood orange gimlet, sour cherry negroni, and a dirty martini –, as well as restaurant favourites like the fuller-fat old fashioned. Can’t decide which to order? Rather than purchasing an individual mix why not order a set of four – this way you get to try a selection of flavours. Known for switching up their menu frequently, you’re never without a reason to keep ordering.
You may be familiar with one of London’s most Instagramable cocktails – the mirror margarita at London’s only agaveria bar, Hacha. This mesmerising drink – which tastes exactly like a margarita, but is completely transparent, is now available in four iterations. Choose from tequila, mezcal, a seasonal clementine and cinnamon mix, and a non-alcoholic version for teetotallers. The perfect drink for those lengthy family FaceTimes – sipping a cocktail that looks just like water means your mother’s lecture on mid-week drinking will go unsaid…
Convert your living room into a speakeasy with Swift’s ‘at-home’ menu. The bar’s bottled cocktails include a smoky coconut old fashioned and their signature Swift Irish coffee kits. If you get bored in the house and fancy a night of bar hopping (without actually leaving your sofa) try out this three pack of cocktail pouches, featuring drinks from top London bars Oriole, Nightjar, and Swift. If you get a taste of something you like, you might consider signing up to their ‘sipscription’. As a sipscriber, you’ll receive three different 220ml cocktails from Oriole, Nightjar, and Swift delivered to your doorstep each month.
Heads and Tails
The clue’s in the name. West Hampstead’s concept cocktail bar, Heads and Tails, is split into two bars on two levels – the top bar, Heads, serves light and refreshing drinks, whilst the bottom bar, Tails, serves short and strong cocktails. Now, a selection of drinks from the two bars are available to order. Favourites include the maple old fashioned – a twist on an old fashioned made using Canadian maple syrup – and the angel face, which is light and zesty, made with gin, apple, and apricots. For those spur-of-the-moment types, you can enjoy same-day delivery if you live within four miles.
Dishoom has always had an impressive cocktail menu and it’s at-home cocktails are no different. With a compact edit of drinks available, it’s quality over quantity where Dishoom’s pre-bottled cocktails are concerned. Putting a Bombay-inspired spin on the classics, the range includes the Permit Room old fashioned made with a bayleaf reduction, Sonia’s negroni, made with Dishoom’s rich chai vermouth, and an India gimlet, made using Rose’s lime and celery bitters. Pair your poison with Dishoom’s ‘at-home’ bacon naan kit and you have yourself a boozy weekend brunch. Side note: drink mixes are available to order individually or as a gift set.
If, like us, you’re missing travel and the joys of staying in a hotel, why not splash out and bring some five-star luxury into your living room with a ‘Savoy at Home’ delivery. In addition to food deliveries, the hotel’s Beaufort Bar has launched a selection of pre-bottled cocktails for you to enjoy – choose from mezcal fig negroni, a chestnut old fashioned, and the Beaufort Bar’s classic vodka martini. Add on one of The Savoy’s cocktail books to your order and you’ll learn how to shake and stir like a professional. CF Top Tip: Dust off your little black dress – this one’s certainly worth dressing up for.
At home aperitivo hour just got a whole lot easier thanks to Daylesford’s cocktails and nibbles pack. The pack includes three different cocktails – an espresso martini, smoked rum sour, and Daylesford’s signature margarita, made with a zingy yuzu liqueur. Add a couple of bags of chilli-salted corn beans and salted nuts with rosemary to your order to snack on whilst you sip. Other cocktails available for delivery include a moreish ginger cosmopolitan and a fruity English garden collins. If you’re looking to try your hand at shaking up some cocktails at home, Daylesford also have their own liqueurs, including plum, rhubarb, and blackcurrant. Beautifully packaged, these make great gifts too.
Satan’s Whiskers, one of Bethnal Green’s busiest bars, recently launched its own range of bottled cocktails. With three scrumptious drink types on offer – the classics, the americanos (which combine Campari and sweet vermouth), and the champagne cocktails – choosing favourites is tricky. That said, we’re currently loving the champagne paloma and champagne cosmopolitan – everything is better with bubbles, right? It’s worth noting that the americano and champagne cocktails come in a 750ml, large format too – perfect for sharing and a nice change from a bottle of wine. To really set the mood, add on a Satan’s Whisker’s candle to you order. Fun fact – they’re inspired by some of the most iconic bars and people in the world.
Little Duck - The Picklery
Dalston restaurant Little Duck – The Picklery knows a thing or two about seasonal fermenting and pickling, as well as making tasty food and drinks. Now, they’ve created a signature drink – the rhubarb pisco sour, which is made using the restaurant’s own homemade rhubarb drinking vinegar – which is available for delivery. Each bottle makes approximately six serves and is really easy to execute at home – ideal for all you cocktail novices who prefer drinking cocktails to making them. Given the seasonal ingredients and flavour of this cocktail, we think it has the makings of the perfect Spring tipple.