If you're craving your favourite drink at home, it could be time to invest in your own cocktail kit so you can whiz up some for yourself, whether for a Zoom happy hour, intimate get together with your nearest and dearest, or just to remember what it was like to go out to a bar. Creating the perfect cocktail at Christmas or any time of the year isn't so hard when you have the right equipment – and when better to try your hand than now? Whether you like a simple gin & tonic, a tropical pina colada or a non-alcoholic fruity concoction, all you need is the right cocktail kit to get going.
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It seems the whole of the UK have been practising their bartender skills in 2020, so shop quickly to get your hands on a cool cocktail set before they sell out. Keep in mind that cocktail kits are also a great gift! Here’s our pick of the best kits…
Best cocktail barware kits
Start with the basics, but do it in style with cocktail shakers and utensils that will have you looking VERY cool as you whip up drinks for guests.
This copper cocktail kit includes a muddler, double-ended bar spoon/ fork, Hawthorne strainer, julep strainer, 2 X pourer and double-ended 25ml/ 50ml measuring jigger and recipe guide. Basically every tool you could need.
Copper cocktail kit, £49.99, Amazon
A chic stainless steel scoop, jigger, and bottle opener with leather details in line with the Ralph Lauren aesthetic
Ralph Lauren Home - Wyatt Bar Tools Set, £95, Amara
For winter cocktails, these snowflake straws are perfect to sip and stir
Joanna Buchanan Snowflake Metal Cocktails Straws - Set of 4, £60, Amara
For a classic and classy bar setup, this six-piece cocktail set does the trick
BarCraft 6-Piece Brass Cocktail Making Kit, £27.27, Amazon
Best cocktail glassware sets
A chic cocktail set with two classic highball glasses, two balloon glasses and an ice bucket
LSA International Gin Glasses and Ice Bucket Gift Set, £80, John Lewis
If you love a retro vibe, this jam jar cocktail shaker, which comes with handy measurements etched in, plus matching drinking jars with reusable straws is right up your street.
BarCraft vintage-style cocktail kit, £8.75, Amazon
Best cocktail ingredient and mixer kits
Variety is the spice of life – and a good cocktail. Try these botanicals and mixers to add a dose of flavour to happy hour.
If you mostly want to jazz up your gin, why not try adding spices and botanicals? This cocktail set has everything you need - from rose petals to pink peppercorn and dried orange.
Gin botanicals and infusions kit, £23.99, Amazon
If you like a good martini espresso, then you'll love this kit that contains all the ingredients so you can make the bar favourite at home
Espresso martini cocktail kit, £29.95, Not on the High Street
Love pink gin? Make your own at home with this infusion kit, which includes juniper, coriander, cinnamon, orange peel, lemongrass, aniseed, wild pepper and hibiscus flowers for a delicious flavour and pink colour.
Make Your Own Pink Gin Carafe, £22, Oliver Bonas
Invest in some syrups to add instant flavour to your drinks. This cocktail set includes passionfruit, mint, grenadine, coconut and blue curacao
Monin cocktail syrup gift set, £8.98, Amazon
Best cocktail kit delivery sets and subscription services
Talk about a no-fuss drinks night! These cocktail kits have every ingredient you need and are delivered right to your door.
Build your own box of cocktails from the Nio Cocktails menu featuring all the classics and created by Head Mixologist Patrick Pistolesi. The boxes hold three, six, or nine cocktails and are delivered straight through your letterbox. Each cocktail is packaged in its own uniquely-designed sleeve – ideal for lining up on a shelf to stock your very own cocktail bar or for spreading out on a table for you and your fellow quarantiners to pick and choose from.
Cocktail box delivery, from £19.50, Nio Cocktails
How about a subscription service? You simply tell Muddlebox the type of cocktails you love, and it will send all the ingredients you need in a handy cocktail kit once a month. Alternatively, you can order a one-off box.
Muddlebox cocktail kit subscription, from £9 per month
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