Nights out may be on pause for now but thanks to Craft Cocktails, you can still enjoy a mixologist-worthy cocktail at home...
If you ask us, no weekend is truly complete unless it involves a pornstar martini...or two. But over the past eight months (not that anyone is counting), people across the country are having to press pause on their usual weekend routines, and staying home under social distancing measures. Sadly, that means swapping out Saturday nights sipping on delicious drinks in our favourite cocktail bars for weekends spent on the couch with whatever bottle of wine was on special that week.
Sure, we could re-create the cocktail experience by trying a pre-mixed cocktail in a can - but let's face it, nothing compares to a freshly mixed cocktail. Or, we could attempt to make them ourselves. After all, we did learn how to bake sourdough bread from scratch so how hard could it be? Turns out, very.
Making your own cocktails sounds like fun in theory: you learn a new skill, you can control exactly how much alcohol actually goes into the drink and they're a brilliant way to use up some of the ingredients you have lingering in your presses. Not to mention the fun that comes from shaking all the ingredients together. But, in reality, making your own cocktails can be rather bothersome. We mean, do you have pickled rhubarb liquor, vanilla butter, raspberry tea and dried strawberry to hand? Instead, why not let someone else do all the heavy-lifting and deliver a cocktail to your door? It sounds too good to be true, but thanks to Craft Cocktails - it isn't.
Craft Cocktails is a new range of bottled cocktails, hand mixed and bottled in Dublin 7 using premium sprits, 100% natural ingredients and some serious bartender know-how. The colourful collection comes from the clever and innovative folks behind what was Dublin’s hot-ticket cocktail bar before Covid-19 restrictions came into play, BAR 1661. The award-winning team (winner of Ireland’s Best Cocktail Bar 2019) have poured their passion and expertise for crafting exceptional drinks into this range of premium bottled cocktails meaning you don't get just expertly mixed cocktails delivered to your door, but award-winning drinks too.
Craft Cocktails has launched with six cocktails expertly made for ease of serve - just chill, shake, pop and pour straight from the bottle over ice. From classic tipples such as Margaritas, Strawberry Daiquiris and an Old Fashioned to more modern takes like Pornstar Martinis, Raspberry Negroni and the Aviation - the range has something for every palate. Available in two sizes, a 200ml bottle that serves two (€12.50), and a 700ml bottle that serves seven (€35), the range is available to order from craftcocktails.ie with secure nationwide delivery, or you can collect from BAR 1661, Dublin 7. They can also be found in selected retailers across the country including Fresh Good Food Markets, Mitchel and Sons Off Licenses, and Decent Drinks Club at The Circular. Can't decide on what cocktail to go for? No problem. You can order a 200ml mixed bundle which features all six flavours priced at €75 with free shipping.
Speaking to FOOD&WINE, founder of Bar 1661, Dave Mulligan said:
Craft Cocktails is about much more than the survival of our little cocktail bar. It’s a way to bring our products to people’s homes, not just for lockdown but well into the future. Craft Cocktails is a passion project bringing our Dublin 7 location straight to your door.
What's more, there's even an option to add a ‘message on a bottle’ where you can add your own personal note - a perfect gift for any isolation birthdays coming up. The personalised label is designed, printed on the cocktail of choice and delivered within 48 hours.
For more information on the cocktails on offer, delivery options and more, click here.