Premium pre-bottled cocktails have become increasingly popular as a way for us to enjoy our favourite drinks readymade, with minimal fuss and kit needed. Here are some of our favourites and, if you’re inspired to make your own, try our recipe for a pre-bottled dirty martini.
Primo Aperitivo Negroni, £26.90/50cl, primoaperitivo.com
This plush Italian bottle serves a classic negroni with smooth, well integrated flavours and a touch of citrus. Garnish with a slice of orange.
This sweet, well-balanced floral cocktail is served straight from the bottle at acclaimed Dalston bar Three Sheets, and now you can drink it at home. This take on the classic French 75 cocktail comes laced with dry moscato, Bombay Sapphire, Minus 8 ice wine verjus and orange flower water, and is then carbonated to give a super-smooth bubbly finish. Just be wary, it’s dangerously easy to drink! Find it – along with other pre-bottled cocktails from London’s best bars (from Scout’s tropical old fashioneds to jasmine mai tais from Tayēr + Elementary) – at Highbury wine bar turned drinks emporium Shop Cuvée.
The Black Swan Oldstead Damson Sazerac, £42/50cl, tommybanks.co.uk
Made using produce grown in the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Olstead’s garden (and foraged nearby), damson-infused cognac is matched with fennel pollen distillate and the restaurant’s homemade red vermouth for a cocktail with mellow, lush fruitiness and herbaceous notes. This would pair beautifully with a cheeseboard.
The Moore House Cocktail Company Manhattan, £18.50/25cl, moorehousecocktails.co.uk
This ultra-smooth take on the classic cocktail uses two different vermouths, a blend of orange and Angostura bitters and a touch of Luxardo cherry juice to make a punchy tipple with a hint of citrus and subtle sweetness. Serve with a cocktail cherry or twist of orange.
The Vesper Handmade Vintage Cocktail, £25.95/50cl, Master of Malt
A crystalline, punchy blend of gin, English vodka, vermouth and bitter aromatic wines from the Handmade Cocktail Company – enjoy with a twist of lemon or topped up with tonic for a more mellow drink.
World of Zing Persian Lime and Nori Margarita, £24/50cl, worldofzing.com
The classic marg gets an update with extra tang from Persian limes and a salty undertone from nori seaweed. Serve in a glass with a chilli-salt rim.
Bar Termini Negroni Bergamot, £36.95, bar-termini-soho.com
A blend of London dry gin, Italian vermouth and bitters infused with bergamot – with a sweet, floral note that makes it all too easy to knock back. This negroni from one of our favourite bars is a real winner. Sip while snacking on a bowl of buttery Nocellara olives.