For my latest post in the ongoing ‘cocktail hour‘ series, I’m switching things up a bit. If you’ve been following along with a few of my recipes then you’ll know that recently I shared my Whiskey Sour and Spiced Mojito recipes. But this time instead of sharing a cocktail recipe of my own, I want to introduce you to a new cocktail delivery service (I know, pretty cool right?) Cocktails by Lollipop. This post includes items that were gifted to me. All opinions are my own.
Who are Lollipop? They’re a hospitality group known for their amazing immersive cocktail experiences. Lollipop are based in Chelsea, London, where they have multiple bars and restaurants including The Bletchley (Personalised WW2 Cocktail Bar) and ABQ London (a “Cook Your Own” Drinks Bar).
Given the current circumstances, the hospitality industry has suffered closures meaning that so many businesses are having to change their usual ways of trading. Although Lollipop aren’t able to keep their bars and restaurants open at the moment, they were determined to keep bringing their wonderful experiences to their customers! Which is what brings me to their new venture, Cocktails by Lollipop.
Cocktails by Lollipop
Cocktails by Lollipop is a new online service bringing you cocktails straight to your door. Their bar staff hand make every cocktail, following safety measures, bottle the drinks up in their Chelsea location, and then deliver them all over the UK. Each cocktail comes with its own sachet of garnishes, and the idea is to get bar quality drinks at home!
On their website they have all sorts of boxes and cocktails to choose from, whether it be a one off box of 6 or 12, a monthly mix and match or a monthly box of 6 or 12. You can also choose what sizes of each drink you’d like. They come in 200ml or 500ml bottles, ready to drink with garnishes included. Each individual cocktail is £6.90 (for 200ml), with one off 6-packs and 12-packs currently on sale for £36 and £72. Or you can sign up for monthly subscription boxes of 6 or 12 bottles for £30 and £60.
What stood out to me about Lollipop’s cocktails was that they promise bar standard drinks. Whenever I’ve thought about pre-made cocktails I definitely worried that they’d be watered down and a bit juice-like. But that isn’t the case with their range at all. I was kindly sent a box of 6 of their cocktails to try at home. So I thought I’d go through each of the six drinks with you and give a little review of each of them.
Red Wine, Brandy and Triple Sec.
I decided to kick off my little tasting with their Sunny Sangria. If you’ve read any of my travel posts then you’ll know about my love of Spain…and for a lovely Sangria. And Lollipop’s Sunny Sangria really made me feel like I was back in Spain.
Personally I love a really cold Sangria so I served mine with plenty of ice and with the dried fruit that they provided alongside the drink. And with my Sangria in hand I set myself up in the garden on what was a particularly sunny day here in Liverpool. It was the perfect way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon.
Brandy, Rum, Peach and Tea.
Let me just say that it’s clear why they call this one punchy! As I did with every drink, I gave this a quick sniff before trying. After smelling it I was convinced it would be a really light drink but oh my was I wrong! The first sip blew my head off! (in the best way of course). It definitely packed a punch.
What I remember so distinctly about this drink was tasting every flavour individually. You could really taste every ingredient! The sweetness of the peach and then the kick of brandy, it was really something else!
I may have also already started drinking this one before I took the picture…
Gin, Elderflower, Cucumber and Mint.
This is the ultimate afternoon drink. The elderflower flavour reminded me of my favourite St Germain Spritz cocktail, which I discovered on my birthday last year (check out that recipe here). But it was the garnish that really made this for me – cucumber and dried jalapeño! It added such a lovely kick and zing to the sweetness of the elderflower. Absolutely stunning!
If you’re a fan of a G&T then I’m certain that you’ll love the CRT. It’s the perfect level of light, sweetness but the addition of the jalapeño makes it unlike anything you’ve tried before.
I actually went on to add some dried jalapeño into my St Germain Spritz and oh my god it’s a must try.
Tequila, Ting and Grapefruit.
Looking at the pink bottle I had no idea what this was going to be. After a quick browse on the Lollipop website I saw that they recommended serving the drink with salt, which instantly made me think (and hope!) that it was going to be similar to a margarita. And it was!
Margaritas are one of my favourite cocktails, I even recently learnt how to make my own one (which I’ll be sharing soon enough on here). So I was really excited to try this one. It was absolutely lovely and incredibly drinkable (dangerous!). This was a real bitter-sweet drink that’s ideal for a Saturday night-in.
Vodka, Espresso and Coffee Liquor.
Espresso Martini’s are one of those drinks that I only ever get when I’m out. I’ve never made them myself. And I think that’s mostly likely because they’re a vodka-based drink. I’m not a vodka drinker at all. I think the only time I ever have it is in an Espresso Martini. So I never have it in stock at home.
Since I never make them for myself, this was the drink that I was most looking forward to trying. Especially as they’ve developed a special frothing formula that’s activated when you shake the cocktail. After chilling it in the fridge, it was time to see how the froth would work out. A quick, but vigorous, shake later and like magic, froth!
I was so impressed with this drink – it really felt like a night-out drink in my own home. And it tasted dreamy too!
Flat White Bro.
Dark Roasted Espresso, Coffee Liquor and Vegan Bailey’s.
Like the Espresso Martini, The Flat White Bro. was one that had the amazing frothing feature. This was much lighter than the Espresso Martini, which would make it ideal for those of you who aren’t huge coffee fanatics. There was definitely more of a creamy and chocolatey flavour to it, which came from the chocolate powder topping and the vegan Bailey’s. But it still had a lovely coffee taste too.
As a whole concept, bar-quality cocktails at home is something that I absolutely love. They’re such a great gift for not only yourself but to others too. With so many people celebrating birthdays during lockdown, it’s a lovely idea to be able to send a loved one a box. You can even choose which cocktails you want to put in your box. If you or the person you’re sending the drinks to loves a specific drink, at the checkout you can just pop in your preferences and they’ll adjust the box accordingly.
If I had to choose my favourites they’d be the CRT (I can’t believe I haven’t been putting jalapeños in my drinks, honestly such a game-changer), The Paloma and Espresso Martini. But I have to say I really did love all 6 of them.
Have you tried any alcohol subscription services before? What are your thoughts on Lollipop’s new cocktail delivery service? And what drink do you think you’d like the most?
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