While office parties and festive get-togethers are off the table? This lot are bringing you the recipe for a night in complete with all the boozy trimmings. From mulled margaritas and hot toddies layered with cream to booze-fuelled hampers and online masterclasses, check out our list of the best Christmas cocktail deliveries across London and make sure that you’re not missing out this holiday season.
Bottle Bar and Shop: Christmas in a Bottle
When we’re not rewatching The Grinch and gorging on Quality Street? You’ll find us sipping away on Christmas in a Bottle. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this themed concoction is binging you a taste of the holidays in liquid form. Check out Catford’s Bottle Bar and Shop for this unique blend of festive spices, vodka and bitters. All you need to do is serve with a slice of orange.
Callooh Callay: Cocktail Hampers
After bringing award-winning drinks to your homes all through lockdown, Callooh Callay are going all out with their winter offering. We’re talking hampers packed with blood orange margaritas, ginger mules, prosecco, mulled wine and mince pies. The perfect idea for friends and family, this is one for alcohol gifts delivered in the UK.
Sipsmith: All Things Gin
Going virtual with a series of online masterclasses, the folks at Sipsmith are brightening up your 2020 with all the ingredients you’ll need to make the perfect serve. From sloe-negronis to winter warmers, there’s a huge range of drinks to tie you over from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and beyond.
Little Nan’s: Quirky Party Packages
Over in Deptford, the elves at Little Nan’s are whipping up kitsch cocktails that are sure to raise your Zoom Christmas party game. Our favourite is the All I Want For Christmas Is You: a kit complete with Werther’s Original-infused vodka, Baileys and vegan milk. Not only is there enough to make 18 drinks, but also candy shots, decorations, fairy lights, party hats, pick n mix, crackers and plenty more gear to get you in the festive mood. Alexa, play Mariah Carey.
Swift: Irish Coffee
One of London’s most iconic cocktails, the Irish coffee from Swift is the hot toddy you need this winter. And while you might not be able to visit their Shoreditch or Soho sites, this delivery is bringing the booze home. Balance Jameson whiskey with house-blended filter coffee and nutmeg, before topping with cream for the ultimate merry mix.
Fever-Tree: Festive G&T
With a series of festive virtual masterclasses this December, the guys at Fever-Tree are ready to deck your halls with the fizzy stuff. They’ll dispatch boxes filled with ingredients to make 4 themed G&Ts, including Malfy Gin, Smirnoff vodka, mixers, garnishes, bar blades and recipe cards. All you have to do is tune in and mix along.
Shop Cuvee: Rioja Mulled Wine
Store-bought bags of spice mix? Not on our watch. Step away from the stove and wrap your lips around Shop Cuvee’s collection. The North London wine bar pivoted to delivery during lockdown, serving up drinks from the likes of Tayēr + Elementary and Three Sheets. But it’s their Rioja mulled wine that's keeping us warm this winter; slowly steeped with Sicilian white wine, nutmeg, clove, star anise, cinnamon, frankincense, honey, orange and lemon peel.
Giz N Green: Candy Cane Espresso Martini
So the Christmas tree is decorated and you’ve coordinated a date with your bubble… all you need now is the perfect spread. Cue Giz n Green. Fresh from their successful pizza pop-up at Passo, Gizzi Erskine and Stephen Manderson, aka Professor Green, have partnered with Grey Goose vodka for Friendsmas Feast delivery kits. That means boozy pigs in blankets, turkey burgers and deep-fried mince pies washed down with candy cane espresso martinis and a DIY spiced gingerbread highball.
Hacha: Mulled Margarita
Pioneer of the mirror margarita, Hacha’s signature cocktail has taken London by storm. Now, the Hackney bar is switching things up with a warming take on the original. Still transparent, but infused with seasonal spices, the mulled margarita is looking every bit as Instagrammable as the first.
Hide: Warm Gin Punch
Going all out this year? Hide is turning luxury restaurant delivery up a notch. Order set menus and swish grazing dishes, as well as cocktails like the signature warm gin punch. Packed with pineapple and mulling spices, this little gin number is the perfect pick for those of you planning a fancy Christmas party at home.
Nio: Apple Rum Punch
The OG letterbox cocktail company, Nio has a limited edition selection in store for you this winter. Treating a friend? Treating yo’self? Get into the spirit (literally) with a winter sidecar, Christmas in Manhattan or apple rum punch. A smooth take on the classic, the latter is pairing Calvados and Myers’s spiced rum with Cocchi vermouth, apple liqueur and absinthe.
Tommy Banks: Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
Michellin-starred head chef of The Black Swan in Oldstead, Tommy Banks isn’t just delivering fine food this winter. Sure, you can order gifts, provisions, and gourmet Christmas dinner boxes, but it’s the drinks list that we’re really after. From the bramble negroni and damson Sazerac to this spiced rum old fashioned, there’s something for even the biggest Scrooge.
The Sun Tavern: Hot Ginger Whiskey Punch
Hot toddies are the name of the game at The Sun Tavern. Brewing red wine with vanilla sugar, orange and all the usual spices, the mulled wine is a no-brainer. Meanwhile, there’s also a gorgeous hot ginger whiskey punch which is available for click and collect from the Bethnal Green bar’s hatch, while other drinks can be delivered across the UK.
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