As lockdown eased I thought I would be practically moving into it to my favourite local bar. While they have all the sensible precautions in place – and would be great housemates – I’ve rediscovered the joy of a small casual gathering in the garden or out in the park. Non-beer drinkers have often suffered in these scenarios with rapidly warming wine or flat, tepid G&Ts. Well, not for much longer. Here are three sexy pre-mix cocktail brands that we’re popping in our proverbial picnic basket.
VACAY – @haveavacay
First up we have newly launched Vacay. Their flavours range from the classic Tom Collins, with small batch Hackney-Downs-distilled gin to the poolside dreamboat that is their Paloma with award winning Blanco Tequila. Pick up a four-pack from haveavacay.com and meet me in the back garden? I’ll stick the Ace Hotel Palm Springs playlist that I’ve been rinsing on.
Send a Negroni – @sendanegroni
I don’t really need to write a paragraph for this one, do I? Excellent naming for SEO purposes and to raise a smile, Send a Negroni allows you to do just that. The genius idea from the team behind Porter’s Gin allows you to choose between two Negroni serves – The Classic or The Tropical One -which will be lovingly packaged up to pop through the letterbox of your chosen one. Head to, you guessed it, sendanegroni.com to order yours.
NIO – @niococktailsuk
What I like about NIO is how they encourage you to build a cocktail box – how great does that sound? If you are lost choosing between their 15 cocktails, head mixologist Patrick Pistolesi has curated some boxes for your special occasion. The Whiskey Box has my name on it – I could even bunker down with that Old Fashioned in an airing cupboard to recreate the speakeasy feel? Niococktails.co.uk is where you want to go if that sounds like your idea of a good night in.
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