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Shaken and stirred: get your cocktail fix at home

Make and enjoy cocktails in the comfort of your home
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As staying at home is now the new ‘going out’, party scenes have shifted over video calls for most of us. Besides restaurants are pushing the envelope by bringing the cocktail experience to your doorstep; going that extra mile to keep their clients in high spirits. Various restaurants and bars have started delivering DIY kits for premixes of their signature cocktails where all you need to do is add alcohol. Thanks to liquor shops being open, most of us are well stocked on booze. So if you are missing heading out and sipping on your favourite cocktail, here are a few places that will get you ahead of your game.

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“You get the booze, we get the mixers” is their new mantra. The pioneers of delivering cocktail premixes post which numerous brands followed suit. As a part of their #SOCIALOffline experience, they have collaborated with major delivery channels to deliver their cocktail DIY kits in three cities- Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chandigarh. Customers can choose from a total of six mixers – bloody mary, margarita, cosmopolitan, pina colada, man tai, dope martini, each priced at Rs.150. And all you need to do is add your favourite liquor.

Elephant & Co, Pune

They have recently started delivering DIY premixes of their signature cocktails for ease and enjoyment of having cocktails at home. Since delivering alcohol wasn’t an option, they decided to offer non-alcoholic cocktail premixes. Some of these include gin fomo with tonic water and their classic bloody mary. You then mix your favourite liquor and enjoy it.

Their elderflower spritzer premix with flavours of cucumber, berries, and whiskey sour premixes with Amalfi lemons and homemade tea bitters are most popular. To keep their guests engaged, new variants are offered weekly. “The response has been overwhelming”, says Sasmit Manjrekar, Head of Operations, Elephant and Co. “A total of 2000 units have already been sold in 2 weeks”, he adds.

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Fig & Maple, Delhi

The idea of DIY cocktails began when they started getting a steady stream of queries from guests to share the recipes of their cocktail mixes, amidst the lockdown. “There were a lot of people telling us how much they missed coming to Fig & Maple and having their favourite drinks with us”, says Radhika Khandelwal, Chef and Owner at Fig & Maple. “This was the best way to stay connected with our guests”, she adds.  Thus, was born the cocktail premix kit which guests could experience at home.

Each kit includes the cocktail mix, the mixer, garnish, and a set of instructions. All you have to do is add alcohol. Their cocktail premixes are centred on local and seasonal ingredients that are sourced directly from local farmers. As a part of their hyperlocal and hyper-seasonal philosophy, new flavours are added every week depending on what farmers offer them. Current bestsellers include flavours blue pea (aparajitaand seasonal summer fruits like lychee and cherry. A snack is also provided based on the guests’ choice, complementing the cocktail.

Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy, Delhi

Party scenes have shifted from bars to homes
Party scenes have shifted from bars to homes
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Minakshi Singh, co-founder of Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy says, DIY cocktails happened when they were running online cocktail workshops for their guests. “These workshops were conducted offline pre-COVID times and were shifted online post-lockdown”, she says. During these sessions, a need was felt to provide the guests with premix cocktails so they could learn better. Then, a month and a half from the lockdown, the bar started delivering DIY kits. The premixes are prepared using local and seasonal ingredients. Some popular ones include mango & basil, cucumber & elderflower spritzer, pineapple, and cinnamon, bael shrub. Summer specials include premixes made with litchi, musk melon, pomegranate, etc. “The response for the premixes has been excellent, so far and on an average 20-25 bottles are sold daily”, says Minakshi. Cost per bottle Rs.500 and serves 6 glasses.

Perch, Mumbai & Delhi

You can enjoy their signature cocktail mixes happily ‘perched at home’. The DIY cocktails are part of Perch’s newest offering, a seasonal menu that is suited for delivery and takeaway. Crafted with care by the bartenders and packaged with meticulous detail, the cocktail mixes are designed to be an easy pour-and-serve. Choose from the light and airy basil shrub or elder tree to the summery spiced pomegranate or melon sangria or the Perch classic, the coffee sangria. They are also sharing tips and tricks for the perfect cocktail on social media.

Perch premix cocktails are available for delivery across Mumbai and most of Delhi-NCR as well as a takeaway from Khan Market and Vasant Vihar cafés.

Masque, Mumbai

Masque, the fine dine luxury restaurant is not only known for its ingredient driven food. It serves up quality cocktails and is now delivering two delicious mixes made by Chef Prateek Sadhu, to pair along with the bites. These include limetter, a cordial made with smoked sweet lime (add gin or vodka at home), and the terra, made from turmeric, ginger, and honey. Both the DIY kits come with tonic water and make two servings.

Swizzle, Bengaluru

This restaurant situated in Hebbal delivers all over Bengaluru. The ingredients are measured, neatly packed, and delivered. Mini plastic cups in the DIY kit with indicated levels serve as peg measurers to measure the precise amount of alcohol to be added. The restaurant also provides a small instruction booklet on how to make your drink, including suggestions on how to serve the drinks.

The restaurant has a wide range of cocktail pre-mixes like a margarita and dragon fruit mojito, whiskey sour, hurricane, etc so you can make bar ready cocktails in minutes. Swizzle has collaborated with delivery partners in Bengaluru.