Ready-to-drink or DIY, these tipples are just as good as a five-star hotel bar
Words: Alessandro Ferrara
Nothing beats being served an impeccably crafted Negroni directly from the bartender, or enjoying a first-class dining service at a chef’s table. However, some companies have managed to find a way to recreate such unique experiences at home – and they’re nailing it. This is Pillow’s selection of the finest cocktail delivery services, which you can order and enjoy right now from the comfort of your home.
Fortnum & Mason’s The Bellini Box
Famous for its lavish hampers, the Piccadilly institution that is Fortnum & Mason had to top our list with its brilliant Bellini Box. Inspired by the historic Harry’s Bar in Venice where the iconic cocktail was born, the Bellini Box includes a bottle of the British maison’s very own Prosecco along with Alain Milliat’s Nectar Pêche Blanche. Perfect to brighten up aperitivo hour on those sunny summer days, or a lovely gift for a deserving friend.
The Connaught Bar
Experience the atmosphere of one of Mayfair’s most glamorous locations (and 2020's official World's Best Bar) with cocktails delivered straight from the Connaught Bar. Available at selected London postcodes as part of Jean-Georges at The Connaught’s offering on high-end takeaway service Supper, you can choose between the legendary Connaught Martini and Connaught Negroni. We'll take both, please!
Aiming to make bar-quality cocktails available to everyone, Edmunds delivers sustainable, bottled cocktails which have been meticulously handcrafted in Suffolk. Each concoction is made with the same skill and methodology you’d expect from a cocktail bar – ready to be shaken, stirred and poured. The menu features classics including Espresso Martinis and Mojitos, the latter made using locally grown mint. If you're struggling to choose, order a mixed box of six or sign up to receive a different one every month, in what is officially one of the coolest subscriptions out there.
Modern European café-restaurant The Wolseley offers a selection of five bottled cocktails, each serving two. From English Rose (rose-infused vodka, fresh lemon and grapefruit, elderflower cordial) to the Hemingway Daiquiri (blanco rum, fresh grapefruit and lime, maraschino liqueur), The Wolseley's offering will undoubtedly add a touch of glamour to date nights in.
“You only need ice” is the promise of Italian start-up NIO Cocktails, which offers expertly crafted and ready-to-savour tipples, each prettily packaged in its own uniquely designed sleeve. Build your own box of 3, 6 or 9 from a menu of 14 cocktails selected by talented mixologist Patrick Pistolesi, founder of Rome's award-winning Drink Kong bar. Choose from classics including Cosmopolitans and Manhattans, or the delicious Virgin Bitters – a mocktail take on the beloved Negroni with notes of spice, citrus and bitters. Salute!