There’s nothing better than a good cocktail and despite our trying, making them at home just isn’t quite the same. Bottled.Sealed.Delivered is a brand new delivery service by The Swordmaker, bringing you your favourite flavours direct to your door.
I was gifted a cocktail as a sample in exchange for an honest review.
Much like everyone across the UK, lockdown pushed me to my limits. Especially when it came to alcohol. It felt like a 3 month Christmas, when no time was to early to crack open a bottle and no day was off limits.
But after a while, as is natural, we got sick of the drinking. Well, to some extent. With little else to do we continued the boozing, but just wanted to try new things and get creative.
I once even made my own homemade lemonade to keep us tee total, only to realise it would taste cracking with a good gin…
And then of course, we started missing our favourite cocktails.
No matter how hard we tried, or what recipes we followed, they never quite tested as goodbin our own home.
When I was asked to try the brand new cocktail delivery service from The Swordmaker, a Shotley Bridge based company that offers cocktail creation consultancy to some of your favourite north east bars, I was excited to see if something I hadn’t made could still give us that experience at home.
What’s it all about?
Bottled.Sealed.Delivered offers three different ranges of freshly bottled, pre-mixed cocktails, which can be delivered across the North East
Josh, the passionate chap behind the venture, asked me what kind of cocktails I liked and what I didn’t so he could send me something I’d enjoy.
Without hesitation I told him my favourite tipple was a margarita. I love the bitterness, sourness and that hit of salt. Plus, they’re absolutely lethal.
Josh then hand-delivered me a bottle of Daiquiri No.2 from their Blue Label range.
- Bacardi Carta Blanca
- De Kuyper Triple Sec
- Cinnamon Syrup
- Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
- Lime Juice
A twist on the Cuban classic, and with similarities to a margarita with the strong smack of lime, it was 100% up my street.
The bottle was really well presented in a gorgeous branded bag and came with the perfect garnish to accompany our pour.
A bottle from the Blue Label range gives you between 6 and 7 servings. This range of cocktails in their delivery service includes lots of classic numbers, as well as Josh’s take on many of your bar favourites, including:
- Spiced Rum Espresso Martini
- Pink Gin Collins
- Pornstar Martini
- Long Island Ice Tea
They also offer a Grey Label range if you like a bit of fizz. This includes the delivery of cocktails including an Eldergarden Fizz and Cognac Cassis.
And their Black Label range offers something a bit more luxurious. Cocktails such as Rum Old Fashioneds, Manhattans and Gin Martinis come beautifully packaged in a gift box, garnish, bar spoon alongside the cocktail history and a tasting note.
We absolutely loved our bottle of Daiquiri No.2! It was the perfect flavour profile for us, plus it really did feel special. We chose to use it as an aperitif on the evening that we’d ordered a Dine at Home meal kit from our local restaurant, Finbarrs. It was the closest we’ll be getting to a night out anytime soon and it finally felt like the proper date nights we’d missed.
Is it worth the money?
We both agreed it was worth the pennies too. Your average (decent) cocktail now costing you between £8 and £10, six servings for £25 seemed ideal. We had none of the faff on or consequent stickiness of attempting to be mixologists at home. It was perfectly ready to pour.
Bottled.Sealed.Delivered is also offering a NYE cocktail kit too! If you can get your order in by the end of Tuesday 29th December, for £75 you’ll recieve:
- 3 x Blue Label Cocktails
- Giant Confetti Cannon
Where do they deliver to?
Bottled.Sealed.Delivered. deliver cocktails across the North East. In a pretty cool little van, if that’s worth anything.
Delivery postcodes and the pricing is included below:
If there was gonna be more than the two of us this New Year, and I could guarantee Daniel would stay awake beyond 10.00pm, I would absolutely be getting involved in their NYE deal. Definitely with an another bottle of Daiquri No.2 in there. Possibly two. And an espresso martini number. Its not a party without one, right?
What’s your plans this new year? Does this sound up your street? Let me know your plans!
Whatever you get up to, I’m wishing you a less shit 2021!
Lots of love, LB x