The Best Ready-Made Cocktails For New Year's Eve

Quality drinks for lazy drinkers

So you got all excited and invited everyone over for New Year's. Great. Now you’ve got to feed and water them on only the most high maintenance night of the year. Instead of reeling off endless cocktail recipes that you’ll end up too smashed to mix yourself, we’re going to suggest something else to impress your guests with: bottled ones.

No longer a case of enduring sugary gin-and-tonic-water from a can, London’s most eminent barmen are now producing pre-mixed cocktails, which could be your saving grace. Here is our pick of the best:

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1. Bar Termini’s Negroni

Tony Conigliaro is wholly accepted to be the don of the bar world, setting the standard for the most out-there concoctions. And he puts just as much thought into the more simple Negroni. As served in his snug Bar Termini in Soho, you can buy beautifully decorated bottles of the Classico Negroni (gin, vermouth and bitters) ready to go. Be warned: they’re nice and strong so go carefully.
£35.47 (70cl);

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2. Mac & Wild’s Ginger Laddie

New in 2015, this Scottish restaurant has gone down a storm not only for its devilishly fresh meat but for its ample whisky list to match. Now, they’ve bottled some of their whisky cocktails so that you don’t get stuck with more bloody Bucks Fizz. The Ginger Laddie mixes Bruichladdich in a warming brew with ginger, olorosso sherry, orange and sweet vermouth.
£29.95 (50cl);


3. Mr Lyan’s Spotless Martini

Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, is one of the most precise mixologists you’ll meet (he’s mad about biology, and approaches everything like a scientific experiment). So his Martinis can’t fail. He uses his own gin with vermouth, and olive and lemon peel distillates. Yeah – it’ll trump yours, hands down.
£27.95 (50cl);


4. Worship St Whistling Shop’s Steel Aged Manhattan

This is a take on a Manhattan that, as the name suggests, has been aged in steel to aid flavour. It’s Bulleit Rye bourbon mixed with red vermouth, homemade brandy, a dash of homemade bitters and infused with a top secret combination of spices.
£26.95 (500ml);



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