The traditional Christmas cocktail party season may have ended in covid stages – but you can still recreate the best of the festive season with DIY cocktail kits delivered to your home.
These fun boxes are put together by experienced bartenders (who unfortunately have a lot more time these days) and contain everything you need to prepare high-quality cocktails, from ready-mixed formulas to measured portions of alcohol, mixers and side dishes.
Some kits even include cocktail shakers, sleek glassware, and recommended playlists for an authentic evening feel. You can have most of these kits shipped before Christmas, or there will be plenty of time to order a New Year's treat.
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The traditional Christmas cocktail party season may have ended in covid stages – but you can still recreate the best of the festive season with DIY cocktail kits delivered to your home
Nordic Negroni Arctic Bramble Akerbar Cocktail Kit (serves two, see picture below), £ 22.50, Professional Bar Kit, £ 49.95 and two glasses, £ 16.99, drinkfusion.com
This limited edition box is one of several cocktail kits available from Drinksfusion. It contains the classic blend of gin, vermouth and bitter, which is enriched with a rare Arctic blackberry (Akerbar) handpicked in the Arctic.
In addition to a 200ml bottle with a very fancy cocktail, there is a link to an online tutorial, as well as a bag of unusual looking berries and leaves that can be used as a side dish.
To fully enjoy the bartending experience, you can also purchase stylish glasses to serve your drinks and even a professional mixologist kit.
Last orders before Christmas: Today at 11 a.m.
Last orders before New Year: December 29th.
Shaken or stirred? 5/5
PARTY IN A BOX
Gin or Rum Lovers' Party Box (sleeps six), £ 90 plus free P&P, Luckypineapplebar.com
By far the nicest packaging of any kit we've tried, and it's available with cocktails or non-alcoholic mocktails.
In addition to all the spirits, syrups and fruits needed to make three different beverages, there are toppings, recipe cards that serve as wall art, golden paper straws and, depending on the kit, nibbles, decorations and a playlist curated by a professional DJ. A great idea for a Zoom New Year party.
Last orders before New Years: 24th of December.
Shaken or stirred? 5/5
Some kits even include cocktail shakers, sleek glassware, and recommended playlists for an authentic evening feel
Gin-Gin Mule Kit (for two, see picture below), £ 29.99, thisboxrocks.uk
Vegan-friendly and packed in a fun gift box, this kit contains everything you need to prepare two great Moscow Mule cocktails.
There are two 5cl bottles of Edinburgh gin, a blender bottle of ginger beer, two paper straws and a recipe card, as well as a pair of funky copper-colored cups with stainless steel handles for serving. Bottom up!
Last orders before Christmas: Tomorrow at 11 o'clock.
Last orders before New Year: Noon on December 30th.
Shaken or stirred? 4/5
Custom cocktail kit (for six), £ 150, thedrinks drop.com
The bartenders behind this clever service can not only sell kits for cocktails from some of the best bars in Manchester and London – from mojitos to margaritas – but also invent a bespoke drink for you.
After a video consultation, during which you find out your likes and dislikes, a mixologist will create and name a cocktail in your honor and pack it in easy-to-pour, recyclable and freezable bags.
It comes in a stylish box with a side dish like salt for the rim of your glass. It's not cheap, but it has the wow factor.
Last orders before Christmas: Tomorrow.
Last orders before New Year: December 29th at 3 p.m.
Shaken or stirred? 4/5
The bartenders behind this clever service can not only sell kits for cocktails from some of the best bars in Manchester and London – from mojitos to margaritas – but also invent a bespoke drink for you
Christmas Spritz Kit (for six), £ 47.95, palefoxprosecco.com
This kit contains a recipe card and everything you need to make a Christmas spritz, including a 75cl bottle of Prosecco, pourable bags of bitter amaro and cranberry syrup, a can of mineral water and six decorative dried orange slices.
It is delivered in a large, tasteful box. Combining it all makes you feel like a master of mixology.
Last orders before Christmas: Tomorrow, until noon.
Last orders before New Years: December 30th, but check website for options.
Shaken or stirred: 5/5
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