With lockdown restrictions still in full swing, we’re embracing the home bar lifestyle more than ever before. And while you might not be sipping them in a pub garden or on a city centre rooftop, it is possible to make your DIY cocktails taste professional, especially if you invest in one of the genius cocktail making kits you can order online.
Not matter what your tipple of choice may be, there’s a set on the virtual shelves that will supply you with everything you need to enjoy it at home, without having to fork out for pricey syrups and shakers that will soon start to gather dust. Here are eight of the best options we’ve come across, plus all the info you need to get them delivered straight to your door. Now that’s what we call raising the bar.
9 of the best cocktail making kits to order now
NIO stands for Needs Ice Only, and is perfect if you’ve got the idea, but absolutely none of the gear. Each square pouch contains a ready-made cocktail from a menu created by professional mixologist Patrick Pistolesi – you can either build a box of your favourites or invest in one of their curated kits, which feature everything from negronis to margaritas.
TASTE can whizz over the ingredients for almost any cocktail you can imagine, from Long Island ice teas to gin martinis – you can browse the full range here. This mojito set teaches you how to make the classic version as well as variations like the refreshing mint julep. All the alcohol is included, but you’ll need to supply the fresh elements like mint and lime.
Perhaps it’s tequila that, as the song goes, makes you happy. If so, you’ll love the recently launched collaboration between Enemigo 89 and Two Keys mixers, which come in two flavours, pink grapefruit or lemon. All you need is crushed ice and you’ve got instant palomas or lemon margaritas, perfect for sipping in the sun.
Small but perfectly formed, This Box Rock’s bundle has everything you need for two espresso martins, plus a mini cocktail shaker to keep for your next batch. With big brands like Absolut Vodka and Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur, plus a 250ml bottle of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, it would also make a brilliant boozy care package for the coffee lover in your life.
Maybe your home bar cart is already well stocked, but you never seem to have the extras to turn your spirits into actual cocktails. If this is the case, turn to Funkin, who sell premixed blends that simply require you to add gin, vodka or rum – each £7.40 set includes two different flavour cartons and makes a total of 20 drinks for you to enjoy.
The Cocktail Man’s kits come with everything you need to mix up four bar-quality cocktails, and many of the sets are small enough to be popped through your letterbox, so you don’t even have to be home to receive them. Our favourite is this rhubarb and ginger negroni, but head to the website to browse other delicious options like salted caramel old fashioneds and mango and passionfruit mojitos.
Borough Box cleverly combines the components for cocktails with the nibbles to set them off – everything you need for picture perfect sundowners. This Whiskey Sour set includes the necessary whiskey, lemon and dried orange, plus cashews and olives to accompany. If you’re not a whiskey fan, there are plenty more combinations to browse here.
What could scream summer more than a spritz? This package from The Food Market supplies the essential prosecco and aperol, plus San Pellegrino sparkling water, and Sicilian olives and an orange for that final authentic finish.
When all else fails, keep things simple with a blend of crisp prosecco and sweet peach nectar, provided by Fortnum’s – what luxury! Each of these cocktail making kits consists of that signature teal box containing a 75cl bottle of the finest fizz and the peachy blend to stir in – flutes at the ready.