Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by The Cocktail Man.
Along with perfecting our banana bread recipe and learning how to keep houseplants alive, cocktail making became one of our favourite lockdown hobbies. As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing more decadent than whipping up your favourite tipple at home. That’s a Pornstar Martini and a Negroni respectively, FYI.
Of course, to create a cocktail that’s actually drinkable, you need the right kit and top quality ingredients. That’s where our new favourite discovery comes in. The Cocktail Man is the brainchild of James Vyse, an award-winning mixologist who turned down his dream job in London’s The Shard to help you recreate the professional cocktail bar experience at home. “Customers would sit at my bar watching me fix them a drink and they’d often say how difficult they found making professional cocktails for friends and family,” says James. “Now with The Cocktail Man you can have all the fun and flair of creating incredible cocktails in the comfort of your own home.”
Alongside ready-made kits featuring cocktail classics like Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini, Cosmopolitan and Mojito, The Cocktail Man has just launched a bespoke cocktail set, and it’s the perfect gift for all those tricky to buy for people in your life. The Personalised Cocktail Experience allows you to choose a spirit from premium brands like Grey Goose, Monkey Shoulder and Hendricks, add two flavours which are whipped into a “Sliqueur”, The Cocktail Man’s signature secret ingredient which will “make your cocktail sing” – and a garnish for that profesh finishing touch. Whether the person you’re buying for is into Pina Coladas or Whiskey Sours, The Cocktail Man’s personalised kit has everything they need to nail them at home. Pregnant or non-drinking pals needn’t miss out on the fun either as The Cocktail Man also offers non-alcoholic options.
Each kit comes beautifully packaged in a chic blue box, the inside of which is decorated with illustrations and recipes of classic cocktails. Inside, alongside the ingredients for enough cocktails to serve four, recipients will find a recipe card featuring the name of the cocktail – yep, you get to decide that – and a postcard to which you can add a photograph and note for the ultimate personal touch. The Personalised Cocktail Experience is guaranteed to go down a storm on Christmas Day and, if you’re lucky, you might get a cocktail as a thank you.
The Personalised Cocktail Experience costs £49.95. Shop it here.