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9 cocktail making sets for your lockdown Zoom parties and happy hours

Who needs to go out to a bar? Now’s the time to perfect your bartending skills

Abigail Malbon

If you're craving your favourite cocktail at home in lockdown, it could be time to invest in your own mixing set to whiz up some tasty drinks yourself, whether for a Zoom happy hour or party, or just to remember what it was like to go out to a bar. Creating the perfect cocktail 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 kit to get going.

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It seems the whole of the UK are also practising their bartender skills right now, so shop quickly to get your hands on a cool cocktail making set before they sell out. Keep in mind that cocktail kits are also a great gift! Here’s our pick of the best…

vintage cocktail set

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 great for sipping a cool drink in the back garden.

BarCraft Vintage-Style set with cocktail shaker, £8.75, Amazon

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Start with the basics, but do it in style. This copper set 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 making set, £49.99, Amazon

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If you mostly want to jazz up your gin, why not try adding spices and botanicals? This set has everything you need - from rose petals to pink peppercorn and dried orange.

Gin botanicals and infusions kit, £23.99, Amazon

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For those who take their cocktail making seriously, you won’t find a better kit than this one, which has everything from bitters, to cherries, glasses and even tonic concentrate. Very swish.

The ultimate cocktail kit, £105, Not on the High Street

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NIO-Cocktails

Build your own box of cocktails from the Nio Cocktails menu, featuring all the classics, 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.

Prices start from £19.50, Nio Cocktails

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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, £20, Oliver Bonas

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How about a subscription service? You simply tell Muddlebox the type of cocktails you love, and it will send all the ingredients you need once a month. Alternatively, you can order a one-off box.

Muddlebox, from £9 per month

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Invest in some syrups to add instant flavour to your drinks. This set includes passionfruit, mint, grenadine, coconut and blue curacao syrups.

Monin cocktail syrup gift set, £9.49, Amazon

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Borough Box has found the formula for perfect cocktails, and will send it in the post to you. What more could you want?

Bramble cocktail kit, £29.95, Borough Box

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