If you're craving your favourite drink at home, it could be time to invest in your own cocktail kit so you can whip up some for yourself, whether for a small garden party, or just a Friday night in. 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 cocktail kit to get going.
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It seems the whole of the UK worked on their bartender skills during lockdown, but if you were too busy painting the garden fence or making banana bread, it's time 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.
Copper cocktail kit, £39.99, Amazon
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.
Ralph Lauren Home - Wyatt Bar Tools Set, £95, Amara
A chic stainless steel scoop, jigger, and bottle opener with leather details in line with the Ralph Lauren aesthetic.
HAY Sip Glass Cocktail Straws Set of Six, £30, Selfridges
If you're making summer cocktails, these colourful glass straws are perfect to sip and stir...
8-Piece Cocktail Making Kit, £49.99, Amazon
For a classic and glam bar setup, this eight-piece cocktail set does the trick.
Best cocktail glassware sets
Set of 6 Martini Glasses, £20, Amazon
No cocktail cabinet is complete without an iconic martini glass. These thin stemmed beauties will certainly add a touch of glamour to your evening tipple.
LSA International Gin Glasses and Ice Bucket Gift Set, £90, John Lewis
A chic five-piece cocktail set with two classic highball glasses, two balloon glasses and an ice bucket.
BarCraft vintage-style cocktail kit, was £14.99 now £10.92, Amazon
If you love a retro vibe or are looking forward to outdoor drinks (it will get warmer one day!), this jam jar cocktail shaker, which comes with handy measurements etched in, plus matching drinking jars with reusable straws is right up your street.
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. Just add alcohol and serve in your favourite glass.
Gin Infusion & Garnish Kit, £14.99, Amazon
If you mostly want to jazz up your gin, why not try spicing it up a bit? This gin set has everything you need Pink gin, Chocolate Orange, Tea party and Citrus burst infusions plus four garnises: Juniper berries, Rose petals, Toasted coconut and Cacao Nib.
Make Your Own Pink Gin Carafe, £22, Oliver Bonas
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.
Barkraft Prosecco Toppers Selection, was £12 now £8.99, Amazon
Love a prosecco cocktail? Make it easy with some fun prosecco toppers. This kit includes five natural flavours: Peach, Mandarin, Mango, Pomegranate and Raspberry.
Best bar trollies
Now you've made some impressive drinks, it only makes sense to serve them on a stylish bar trolley. You can also use them to store your cocktail accessories.
Harper Drinks Trolley, £139, Dunelm
This glamourous gold bar cart from Dunelm is giving us luxe vintage vibes. Gold pineapple optional.
Silver Hourglass Drinks Trolley, £295, Graham and Green
We love this 60s inspired hourglass bar trolley. Graham and Green always sell out, so get your hands on it quick.
Hanel Drinks Trolley, £379, Swoon
Made from marble, mango wood and metallics, this industrial-style bar cart will look amazing in a modern home. It comes with a handy rack to store your bottles too.
Best cocktail kits for delivery & subscription services – & why they're so good!
Talk about a no-fuss drinks night. These cocktail kits have every ingredient you need – including the alcohol – and are delivered right to your door. Ready-mixed or ready for you to prepare in a snap: no bartending skills necessary!
STIR-UP, from £29.95, STIR-UP
Launched in February 2021, STIR-UP brings a monthly cocktail experience directly through your door with easy to use individual ingredients for minimum waste and maximum variety. You have a couple of options: You can opt for a monthly at home cocktail experience on the last Wednesday of the month, priced from £34.95 for a single box, £32.95 per month for a three-month subscription and £29.95 a month for a six-month subscription. The week before your box arrives, you will receive the STIR-UP Shopping List. This ensures you have the right glasses, tools, garnishes, ice and music, ready to stir, shake, pour and share at home.
Espresso Martini cocktail kit, £35, Not on the High Street
If you like a good espresso martini, then you'll love this kit that contains all the ingredients so you can make the bar favourite at home: 2 x 100ml bottles of Tovaritch Vodka, 1 60ml Coffee Liqueur, 1 x 30ml Hazelnut liqueur and 1 x 30ml Lazzaroni Amaretto.
Pornstar Martini Cocktail Gift Box, £44.99, Cocktail Crates
Kick back and relax with a refreshing Pornstar Martini. Cocktail Crates' premium gift box contains all the ingredients you'll need to whip up an after work treat.
Cocktail box delivery, from £19.50, Nio Cocktails
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 ready-mixed 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.
Hush cocktail box delivery, £50, Hush Mayfair
You might not be able to head out to a fancy cocktail bar for a glorious night out with your pals, but Hush Mayfair have teamed up with Nio Cocktails to bring you these special Townhouse boxes, allowing friends and family to enjoy a night 'out', at home. Each box comes filled with two exclusive Nio x Hush House Cocktails, along with two stunning new Avery Barware glasses.
Elegant and sophisticated with a touch of 1960’s glamour, the cut-glass, gold rimmed beauties are inspired by Mayfair drinking at its best.
- The Gimlet Box includes two Hush x Nio Cocktail Elderflower Servings with two Avery Barware coupes.
- The Negroni Box includes two Hush x Nio Cocktails Negroni Servings and two Avery Barware rocks glasses.
- The Old-Fashioned Box comes with two Hush x Nio Cocktails Old Fashioned Servings plus two Avery Barware rocks glasses.
Which takes your fancy? Use the code HELLOHUSH at checkout for a 20% discount.
Muddlebox cocktail kit subscription, from £9 per month
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.
Rum Punch, £25, Kuda Cocktails
Kuda Cocktails are fresh, pre-mixed rum-based drinks, launched in London by a Trinidadian mother and her two daughters. Their signature rum punch drink tastes super authentic - and it's no wonder as the recipe has been passed down through the family for generations.
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