One minute the bottle of gin was in your cupboard. The next, it was gone and you were doing a live performance of Adele’s greatest hits over a Zoom with your mates and someone you think you went to school with called Terry. We’ve all been there. But what to drink now that you fancy a cocktail but have nothing left except a bottle of cachaca from Eurovision ’06? It’s time to order in from one of these places. Delivering from bars and restaurants across London, there’s everything from big bags of negroni and margarita to a pint of bloody mary for the morning after.
In our former lives as People Who Shower, Happiness Forgets was one of our favourite bars to go and drink an excellent cocktail in. No, we’re not crying, you’re crying. But the good news is that this Shoreditch spot with a speakeasy feel is now doing same-day delivery of their cocktails within a three-mile radius of Hoxton Square. They’re open from Wednesday to Saturday and there are plenty of creative cocktails available. Plus ice and garnish is included.
Who said you can’t go on a bar crawl right now? Arguably, the government. But still, with the help of Top Cuvée you can now try out several of London’s best bars at home. Now known as Shop Cuvée - see what they did there? - they’re delivering a whole host of top-tier batched cocktails, including some collaborations with London’s best. There’s a jasmine mai tai from Tayer And Elementary. There’s a raspberry cosmo from Three Sheets. And yes, there’s even a Manhattan from cocktail king Mr Lyan. Heads up, they do same-day delivery too.
They say variety is the spice of life, but seeing as we’ve been wearing the same ‘running shorts’ for the past 18 days, we wouldn’t really know about that. What we do know is that Ladies And Gentlemen in Kentish Town are delivering plenty of cocktails, with 15 batched options to choose from. Yes, there are margaritas and old fashioneds, but there’s also their creative house specials - we’ve got our eye on The Flemmingway which is full of whisky, ginger liqueur, honey, and a dash of bitters.
We’re huge believers in ‘zero-waste’ cocktails. Especially if zero-waste means drinking every last drop in one sitting. Bar Tincture are delivering many of their signature zero-waste cocktails within 6km of Brick Lane. Their cocktails pack a punch and include ingredients like pink pepper gin, campari, sherry, and orange bitters. Avoiding booze? There’s a non-alcoholic negroni too.
Our livers haven’t seen this much action since Freshers’ Week. Only this time, instead of shoving a wedge of lime in a pint of rum and calling it a mojito, go classy with the big, bottled cocktails from Heads and Tails. Hit up this West Hampstead bar’s website for plenty of classics around the £30 mark. They’re doing express delivery locally as well as nation-wide if you’re willing to wait a couple days. Not that it should really matter (it does), but the bottles are very aesthetically pleasing too.
If you think a ‘mirror margarita’ sounds like some kind of mythical drink, that’s because it is. We once described it as a ‘feat of alcohol alchemy’, and you know what, we weren’t even that pissed when we wrote that. This little Dalston bar is delivering their excellent, entirely clear, quite magical margaritas for £35 per bottle across London. You’ll need to get two bottles to qualify for delivery, but trust us, you want two.
Drinking alone at home in 2019: bit sad, lonely, mildly concerning. Drinking alone at home in 2020: fantastic, on-trend, sexy. Popular Bethnal Green spot Bistrotheque are making it all the more sexy by delivering negronis, a peach smash, spicy margaritas, and espresso martinis. Each batched cocktail is £30 for half a litre, and there’s even fresh bloody mary mix for the morning after.
The Sun Tavern is not just what we now refer to our windowsill as when we down a beer there, it’s also one of London’s best cocktail bars. Their online shop has £30 Quarantini Kits that include eight serves of booze for £30. You can mix and match your cocktails and the best part is as well as classics like margaritas and old fashioneds, they’re also repping cocktails like sazeracs, penicillins, and boulevardiers. Classy.
A quarantine haiku:
We are bored. Booze is nice. Banana bread.
We hope you enjoyed that. Although honestly, you’ll probably enjoy The Cocktail Trading Co’s big batched cocktail bottles more. This Bethnal Green bar is delivering plenty of their signature creative cocktails around the area, including a Hibiscus Collins and something iconically called ‘Fuck It, It’s Still The Weekend’.
We genuinely miss waking up on a Saturday morning to find a receipt for ten of something called ‘The Dragon Tamer’ with no idea what it is or who we bought it for. Sweet, sweet memories. Anyway, the good news is you can still have a big, boozy night in isolation with Callooh Calley’s ten-serve cocktail bottles that are available for delivery across London. As well as a mezcal paloma, bloody mary, and rum punch, there are plenty of other classics to get involved in. Bonus points if you spend a stupid amount of money on an online purchase that you’ll regret in the morning, just for old time’s sake.
Your flatmate put a blueberry in a G&T and is now referring to themself as a ‘mixologist’. Show them what a real cocktail should taste like with a delivery from Commercial Street’s The Proofing Room. They’re not only shipping across London but across the UK, with an estimated two-day delivery service. Their three-serve negroni bottle is £16, but there’s plenty of other highball and cocktail classics to choose from too.
Do you live in Peckham? Do you feel like something called Punchy McPunchFace might be your quarantine spirit cocktail? Perfect, because that’s the name of one of the heavy-duty cocktails that you can collect from Batch’s isolation survival kit menu. They’re also delivering within 1km of their Peckham Rye bar, and there’s even an aptly named ‘Same Home Different Room’ G&T situation. We feel seen.
Skyline restaurant Duck And Waffle have joined forces with Sushi Samba to do same-day delivery of their signature dishes, but, more importantly, batched cocktails. If you happen to live around Covent Garden then you can also collect their cherry blossom negroni, pina colada old fashioned, or coffee and chocolate boulevardiers. Got a big night in planned? You can pre-order their cocktails as well as a selection of top-tier mocktails, and if you’re missing the skyline views, maybe just spin around a lot until it feels like vertigo. Evening sorted.
Cassidy’s Pharmacy is an online cocktail service delivering their prohibition-themed ‘moonshine cocktails’ nationwide and are a pretty great gift option if you’re looking to spend under £20. Expect pineapple margaritas, orange old fashioneds, espresso martinis, and of course, cask aged negroni.
We have a real soft spot for Tooting’s Goldfinch. We once spent a solid five hours here making our way through their menu and chatting nonsense. Thanks to the cluster fuck that is 2020, we will be doing the exact same, only from the comfort of our sofa. As well as margaritas and 10/10 negroni, they’re also delivering cherry daiquiri, which is a must-order if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
Draw the curtains, light a candle, spill something sticky on the floor, and you’re basically at a bar. Right? Anyway, Arch Rivals in Leytonstone are delivering marmalade old fashioneds, raspberry gimlets, Manhattans, and more. We like the look of the gooseberry margarita for under a tenner and you can order in a bunch of cupboard essentials and fresh meat whilst you’re at it.
Right. It’s been about eighteen whole minutes since you’ve had a drink so it’s about time to order in reinforcements. If you’re based in Peckham, perfect little date bar Two Hundred Rye Lane is now delivering perfect big bottles of espresso martini. If you’re not into a boozy caffeine hit - why? - there’s also a £40 bottle of gin with eight mixed tonics, batched margaritas, old fashioned, and a two-bottle-of-Prosecco deal too.
A Dundee Sour sounds distinctly like the kind of thing Ewan McGregor would drink at the Oscars, and you know what, we’re into it. Scottish spot Mac and Wild are now delivering batched cocktails across the UK. You can find a foraged old fashioned, a wild fizz, a bonnie spritz, and something called a Bobby Burns Manhattan in their online shop. Bonus points if you listen to the entirety of The Proclaimers back-catalogue whilst sipping.
Last week we spent a fiver on a particularly efficient peeler. Why? That’s between us and our terrible attempt at courgetti. But for £5.50 you can order in a classic negroni, old fashioned, or gin martini from Clapton’s Nobody Asked Me. If ‘just having one’ isn’t really part of your quarantine style, they do a seven serve orange and pomegranate spritz for a very casual £29. Heads up, there’s an icy rosemary and lemon cooler too.
Margaritas, margaritas, and margaritas. That’s what you can expect from this Notting Hill spot that specialises in tacos. More importantly, you’re bored and they do express delivery. Yes there’s a classic margarita, but if you’re feeling wild there’s a passion fruit margarita, watermelon margarita, and hibiscus margarita. We’re going to stop saying margarita now and just tell you to order the churros too.