Week blah, day whatever of self-isolation got you feeling thirsty for more? Jo Aspin rounds up the top boozy deliveries from spirits to stock the drinks cabinet with to luxury ready-made cocktails, wines, beers and more offered straight to your door.
If you’ve made it to Wine Wednesday without a drink during lockdown give yourself a pat on the back, but whatever day of the week it is (we’ve lost count) there are now an abundance of ways to get your vins delivered directly to door.
Prosecco lovers can order in award-winning FIOL Prosecco DOC, or if you’re after something pink for your sundown drink Hattingley Valley has launched a new still Rosé. It is making donations to Hospitality Action for every case of wine bought, including anything from the rest of their English sparkling range.
Californian wine specialist, James Hocking Wine previously supplying the restaurant trade - is now delivering direct to consumers with some high-end bottles offered at trade prices. And for some Southern Hemisphere faves, check out online wine retailer New Zealand House of Wine, stocking the UK’s largest selection of New Zealand wines.
BEERS & THINGS
Drop Project Beers is a start-up brewery set up by three friends into beer and board sports. Shop for premium craft beers with funky names like Shifty and Lip Smack, plus eco-conscious merch if you need some new lockdown threads to go with.
We absolutely LOVE Cranes Ciders Created by twin brothers in Cambridgeshire, these fruit ciders come in three flavours: Blueberries & Apples, Cranberries & Limes, and Raspberries & Pomegranates. You can even treat yourself to their gift set, which includes each of their flavours plus a branded glass. Cranes ciders are made from natural ingredients with 30% fewer calories and 40% less sugar than many other ciders on the market – so they are way less sickly sweet than some of their competitors. Their only problem is they disappear far too quickly!
Time to try something new during a lockdown?
What about Meade? Gosnells has launched a new tasting experience. Their sample pack includes six modern meads including low-alc, bright pink hibiscus and a barrel-aged mead plus some of the honey they use to make them too. Gosnells are LIVE on Instagram Live (IGTV) every Friday at 5 pm.
SPIRITS & LIQUEURS
Anyone attempting home-schooling? We recommend heading straight to the drinks cabinet at 3 pm daily if you’ve made it that far without sticking your head down the loo / hiding in the shed / digging a large hole in your garden and staying in it (delete as appropriate).
Are you looking for a spring addition to liven up your gin cabinet? Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine gin is infused with jasmine flowers and mandarin peel resulting in a really distinctive smooth and fresh taste. The delicate spirit is created from marrying two grains - golden rye and wheat. The bottle is gorgeous too! Direct deliveries on offer from their website. Our bottle disappeared in record timing.
Spruce up your glass of prosecco with Cranes award-winning Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur. This fresh and bright red spirit, in a similar vein to their ciders mentioned above, was not at all sickly sweet when we sampled. Cranberries are sourced from Wisconsin USA and infused with natural blood orange juice and orange rind. Available through Ocado and direct from their website.
Porter’s is a premium gin cold distilled in Scotland’s Aberdeen for an extra fresh flavour. Try their Porter’s Classic Gin or Tropical Old Tom (with notes of passion fruit, guava and white tea) plus their new Hippy Fizz canned cocktails can now be ordered via their online shop in packs of 12 – whoop whoop.
The batched-to-go cocktail offering is upping its game with an abundance of new options for when you hit ‘quarantini’ time.
Copenhagen-based distillery Empirical Spirits has created a pre-batched cocktail series, available for free home delivery worldwide. Choose from their house blends the Pony Negroni (quince tea spirit, bitter aperitif, red vermouth) and Bonita Applebum (pineapple, banana, lemon zest, and white chocolate). They’re also hooking up with renowned bartenders.
First up is Ryan Chetiyawardana, AKA Mr Lyan. His collaboration cocktail ES x Lyaness Onyx features cold-infused pineapples with Empirical Spirits’ Onyx blend. You can also order in Mr Lyan’s own iconic cocktail range, check out Bonfire Old Fashioned (Mr Lyan whisky, cola bitters and Lapsang Souchong) and Rainy Day Spritz (raspberry eau de vie, crisp vermouth and bitter rhubarb liqueur). Jazz up your Friday zoom call with ready-made bottles of Appleton Estate Old Fashioned and Three Sheets Negroni – both on offer at neighbourhood restaurant turned online bottle shop Top Cuvee
More ‘essential’ drinking is on offer in the form of bottled Espresso and Porn Star Martinis and Kaffir Lime Leaf Margaritas from Deli Cat & Sons restaurant. Plus £1 from every order will be donated to a Food Bank set up to support those who have been left unemployed as a result of Coronavirus.
New sparkling fruit and botanical CBD soft drink range INTUNE are also delivering to homes. Said to help with focus and productivity, these could be just the tonic if you’re struggling to adapt to the new WFH lifestyle.
Choose from Elderflower & Hops, Grapefruit & Mint and Pomegranate & Ginger. Each can contains 10 MG of CBD.
We hope you are staying safe and well - and enjoying a relaxing drink!
Chatting Food Contributor Jo Aspin
Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad: Next stop Tamil Nadu.