As any mixologist knows, there's a certain amount of drama and fanfare involved in creating the perfect cocktail. It is an art. A beautifully composed cocktail has the ability to transport the consumer to a different place (and era). When lockdowns hit the nation, pre-made cocktails emerged from bars and distilleries as a way to deliver escapism to cocktail fans – via cans and bottles. They're here to stay. These three concoctions deliver all the flavour and class, minus the hard work.
Archie Rose Caperberry Martini, Sydney, $89 (700ml)
A serious cocktail for people who savour life slowly and with intent. As pre-made cocktails go, this sets the bar high. Made with Archie Rose Bone Dry Gin, Toji Sake, dry vermouth and caperberry, it delivers savoury, spicy, earthy aromas – like the smell of fresh ploughed dirt. The brine-factor is subtle but playful. Classy, like the late actor (and martini fan) Humphrey Bogart. Store it in the freezer and serve neat or on ice. 27.9 per cent alcohol. Find it at: archierose.com.au
Tiny's G & Tea, Sydney, $18 (95ml)
Sydney CBD cocktail bar Tiny's sells six-packs of single-serve cocktails in cute bottles. The G & Tea stands out from the pack. The medley of Tanqueray gin, black tea and peach schnapps is refreshing and light enough for summer consumption. Shake well, pour over ice, stir, rest for 30 seconds and garnish with dehydrated lemon. Perfect for an outdoor tea party of the adult variety. Pour into quirky vintage glassware for extra wow factor. 19 per cent alcohol. Find it at: tinyscocktails.com.au
Prohibition Liquor Co. Small Batch Bathtub Cut Negroni, Adelaide, $89 (500ml)
Quality permeates Prohibition Liquor Co's creative gin range, and the addition of a small-batch negroni is no exception. They applied an undeniable Australian twist to the Italian classic. In addition to Prohibition Co's 69% Bathtub Cut Gin, there's Applewood Red Okar (in place of traditional Campari) and Maidenii Sweet Vermouth in the mix. It's curvaceous, complex and extremely moreish. Serve on ice with a sliver of orange peel. 37 per cent alcohol. Find it at: prohibitionliquor.co