The best pre-mixed cocktails in cans and bottles
It’s set to be a strange autumn and winter this year, and with Covid-19 cases on the rise again, it’s hard to know how to plan ahead at the moment. So, when you are in need of an autumnal pick-me-up, bring the bar to you with these pre-mixed cocktails in cans (and bottles). Whether you’re looking for something to send to a friend who needs a bit of TLC, or you want to liven up Friday nights-in throughout winter, these personal cocktails will certainly bring a touch of fun.
11 of the best pre-mixed cocktails, that you can order to your door
One for the elderflower lovers. Conker Gin and Juice was created in response to the rise of the takeaway cocktail. Made using the distillery’s Dorset Dry Gin, known for a bright and refreshing take on a London Dry, it is blended with the Hampshire’s Hill Farm Apple & Elderflower Juice before being finished off with soda. The Conker Gin & Juice ensures the character of the gin and juice both have space to shine. £2.80 each or a case for £66.95 available to buy at Masters of Malt.
VACAY is a new canned cocktail brand with four drinks on offer. The range includes a Moscow Mule, Tom Collins, Paloma and Blood Orange and a Hibiscus Vodka Soda, all with the aim of bringing holiday vibes to Britain. Created by a team of mixologists, VACAY’s cocktails contain all-natural ingredients and are great for gifting to a friend, or to have stashed in the fridge ready for a relaxing night in. Available for £18 for a pack of 4 at Have a Vacay.
Empirical’s canned cocktails are ideal for when you want something deliciously different and refreshing. CAN 02 (pictured below) is made with sour cherry, blackcurrant buds, young pine cones and walnut wood. CAN 01 has a gooseberry flavour balanced by a flowery milk oolong tea, and rounded out by toasted birch, pomelo zest and Douglas Fir. These are two canned cocktails you definitely haven’t tasted before. Available in a 4 pack for £27 at empirical.co.
Kocktail is a brand new cocktail subscription service which brings you four freshly made drinks to discover each month. Seasonal cocktails delivered directly to your door? We’re in. As well as the subscription service, there is an option to buy a one-off box of the month, which is great for gifting, or for anyone who wants to try out the drinks before subscribing. £29 a month, or £39 for a box available at Kocktail.co.uk.
Porter’s gin have packaged one of their most-loved recipes in can form, for at-home delivery. The Hippy Fizz cocktail is a rich highball with flavours of pineapple, patchouli and malted passionfruit. It’s delicious drunk straight from the can (chilled), or over ice in a highball glass. £4 each or £34 for 12, available from Porters Gin.
LuvJus is a new low-sugar, vegan and additive-free addition to the canned cocktails market. Available in two fruity and vibrant flavours: pineapple, mint, jasmine, Korean ginseng and vodka or blood orange, pomegranate, Korean ginseng and vodka. Inspired by Pride, the brand’s aim is to be fun and inclusive, being the drink that celebrates and benefits everyone who buys it – with 5% of profits going to support the LGBTQI+ community. £25 for 12 cans, available from LuvJus.
If you’re looking for a low-calorie cocktail that still marks the weekend, Whisp is the beverage for you. It’s a refreshing and lightly alcoholic sparkling water. Whisp is the one to grab when you are up for hanging out, but would rather avoid the hangover. Plastic-free and plant-based, the company prides itself on being one of only 19% of UK startups founded by women. Available for £2.50 each at Whisp.
For those after a cocktail that packs a punch, Scotland has the answer. Buck & Birch are hand-crafted, individually bottled cocktails made in Macmerry. Each bottle contains 2 serves. This is powerful, so don’t forget to shake with ice as instructed on the bottle and get the most out of flavours on offer here. Cocktails can be purchased individually for £8 or as part of signature gift pack combining all three for £24 and are all available for nationwide delivery. There is also the option to purchase an ‘Adventurer Pack’ containing all five cocktails (£40). All available at buckandbirch.com
Seasonal cocktails delivered directly to your door each month? We're in!
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This classic Dark ‘n Stormy can comes from Gosling’s, and uses their Black Seal Rum, ginger beer and a squeeze of lime. Black Seal has a rich flavour, and is made from a Gosling’s family recipe dating back over two centuries. Available for £2.25 each from Waitrose.
For something exclusively autumnal, The Cocktail Delivery Co have mixed cider brandy, Bourbon, apple shrub and scrumpy & ginger cordial in their limited-edition cocktail Fallen For You. It’s a warming cocktail to get you ready for the festive season ahead. The Cocktail Delivery Co offer many delicious cocktails in their permanent range, available here – they come in two sizes, 250ml (2 serves, £12.49) and 750ml (6 serves, £29,99). All are available nationwide with next working day delivery from The Cocktail Delivery Co and all packaging is 100% recyclable.
Strongman’s Tipple have developed eight unique recipes and flavours in their Bermondsey-based lab. Made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, the cocktail range features five carbonated sharing cocktails, and three sipping nightcaps. Available in 300ml bottles (2 serves, £12.50) and as a group of 6 (6 serves, £67.50) from Strongmans Tipple.
Want to make your own? Take a look at our 81 cocktail recipes.