As we enter lockdown 2.0, we reckon that by now you’ve made the pilgrimage to the back of the kitchen cupboards to dig out that shiny cocktail kit your aunt Belinda gifted you three Christmases ago. You’ve shaken, you’ve stirred, you’ve warily sipped on raw egg, and yet somehow it just doesn’t taste quite the same. Mancunians, it’s time to lay down your tools (or muddling spoons) and call the experts. Luckily your fave bars are just a few taps away, delivering their finest boozy concoctions directly to your door (with not a smidge of salmonella in sight).
Also keen to help our Manchester bars at the time they’re struggling the most, Highball has masterminded The Drinks Drop - a not-for-profit scheme in partnership with a whole host of the city’s best-loved bars. The contact-free delivery service is bringing some of Manchester's tastiest sips to your home, and on the bill this month? Our favourite party pizza parlour, Crazy Pedros. Staying true to their all-out attitude, their watermelon margarita is a fun twist on the old favoruite, infused with Monin watermelon, Cointreau, Supasaw and of course, plenty of tequila.
Another stalwart on Manchester's drinking and dining team, Cottonpolis know a thing or two about shaking up a mix to turn that frown upside down. Their mint and yuzu daiquiri is now available to order via The Drinks Drop, priced at £7.50 per serving. The Cottonpolis team recommend chilling your glass before pouring in this zingy concoction.
The Jane Eyre
Set up by two Manchester lads in memory of their mum, The Jane Eyre is one of the city’s hidden gems. A dinky spot located just a short stroll away from Piccadilly train station - the place is usually packed-out on the weekend. Also part of the Drinks Drop scheme, this bar is serving up pouches of its Beneath The Kilt mix to thirsty cocktail cravers between Thursday and Sunday. Drinkable to the max, this baby is made up of Nc'nean Malt Whisky, Strawberry Cordial, Sloe Gin and Manzanilla Sherry.
Speak in Code is one of our top picks for cocktail delivery services in Manchester. Last time around they were distributing their most popular tipples via Deliveroo, but now? They've teamed up with Markers Mark to create gorgeous gift sets, complete with three single-serve Old Fashioneds, flavoured classic, smoked and bread and butter. The stuff of cosy winter evening dreams.
Dirty Martini are coming up trumps for cocktail deliveries around Manchester. Not only have they got a tone of DIY kits, such as lychee and rose, wild strawberry and espresso flavoured martinis, but they're also got festive sets too.
Into the Gathering Dusk
One of Manchester's best-kept secrets, Into the Gathering Dusk is the secret pop-up bar that you need on your radar. While you might not be visiting just yet, uncover the tasty menu with a delivery. There's the Lemon Balm Collins, a popcorn vodka number and the Back to My Roots which pairs bourbon with ingredients like walnut, ginger, parsnip and molasses.
Spreading joy through the medium of cocktail delivery, Riddles has got your quarantini fix sorted. Alongside daiquiris and old fashioned, there's signature sips like the ginger-tipped King Of The Castle and The New Gardener made using tequila, mezcal and chilli. Choose between single serves or batches and order before 4pm for deliveries on Friday and Saturday.
A local delicacy in liquid form, the Manchester Tart from Albert's Schloss is the perfect mix of sweet and sour. Balancing coconut and raspberry with punchy vanilla vodka and zesty Supasawa, this short sip is available from The Drinks Drop, with delivery to a number of city centre postcodes between Thursdays and Sundays.
An fuss-free option for cocktail delivery in Manchester, Turtle Bay's famous fruity sips are now available to enjoy at home. The menu includes all their classic tipples, from the potent Long Island ice tea to the super sweet jumbled julep. Priced at £10, the 500ml bottles contain enough for three serves, and are best enjoyed from a chilled glass.
While originally based in West Hampstead in London, Heads + Tails are now bottling up their signature sips and delivering them across the UK. The elegant bottles are available in 20cl and 50cl sizes, with a menu of ten cocktails to choose from. From a smokey old fashioned to a fruity cosmopolitan and super smooth espresso martini, these classic libations are sure to perk up an evening at home.
This cocktail delivery service in Manchester will transport you from freezing Blighty to the sun-soaked shores of a tropical paradise. Tom Savano Home Delivery Cocktails use only the finest ingredients from artisan suppliers to create their unique taste, with flavours inspired by travels across the globe. Make sure to order a few in next time you're in the mood for an at home boozy brunch.
If you're missing some of your favourite Manchester bars at the moment, order a round in from Cocktail Market, who are delivering signature mixes from some of the country's most beloved bars. Explore their selection of stellar sips and they'll come straight to your door (chilled and everything), which is sure to take your nights of Zoom pub quizzing to the next level.
Looking for some of the best drinks deliveries in the UK? Online cocktail 'smuggles' Cassidy's are bringing you some of the country's coolest cowboy-themed concoctions, and what's more they're taking you along for the ride with secret video messages and exclusive content making you an accessory to all their bootlegging antics.
Created by Douglas Ankrah, one of the UK's most respected drinks and bar consultants, this unique cocktail making kit will teach you how to whip up the UK's favourite tipple... the pornstar martini. You'll receive all the ingredients you need alongside an instructional video taking you through each step.
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