You may be thinking your next party is not just going to bartend itself. But actually it can, thanks to a burgeoning bottled cocktail movement. High-end mixologists across the country are pre-assembling adult beverages that taste exactly the opposite of your mom’s TGI Friday’s Mudslide mixes. All you have to do is summon them to your door, put out some glasses and ice and commence tippling. To get you started, here are six great options you can order today.
New Yorkers call up Aaron Polsky, who has worked for Eleven Madison Park, Milk and Honey, and the Boom Boom Room, to create custom cocktails—like Fistful of Dollars, a bourbon-based number with Benedictine and Swedish punsch and Avetts bitters—just for them. Polsky will seal up as many concoctions as you need in 750-milliliter bottles and deliver them himself. Available in New York City, $4 to $6 per serving.
Drop that gluten-free, cage-free, free-range pork chop and listen up: The world’s first organic, gluten-free, pre-bottled cocktails are here. Designed by mixologist Natalie Bovis, aka the Liquid Muse, OM’s four flavors (think Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon Ginger) are bona-fide guilt-free—they even plant a tree for every bottle purchased. Available in California, Nevada and Florida, or online, $29.99 for 750 ml.
Charles Joly (2013 Bartender of the Year, James Beard award winner and Beverage Director at The Aviary in Chicago) tasted over 40 kinds of mint before choosing the one he’d put in his bottled Southside cocktail. His palate was just as discerning when developing his Moscow Mule and Paloma, all made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients. Available all over Illinois or online. $19.99 for 750 ml.
Peddling four cocktails online (a Brandy Manhattan, St. Nick, Saratoga and 1850), Fluid Dynamics makes the case that when you get a cocktail at a bar, the ingredients haven’t had the time to come together yet. Their party potions luxuriate for six weeks in a barrel before heading to your house. We think spending that kind of time getting ready to meet you is a pretty good sign. Available online, $20 to $64, 200 ml to 1 L.
Park City lays claim to the Sundance Film Festival, reliable powder and the only ski-in gastro- distillery in the world. That distillery, called High West, also happens to make a killer pre-mixed, barrel-aged Manhattan and Boulevardier (distant cousin of the Negroni, made with bourbon in lieu of gin). Luckily, you don’t need a lift ticket to get ahold of these libations. Available in Utah or online, $49.99 for 750 ml.
Friends don’t let friends buy bottled cocktails made with heavy sugars and neon colors. Such thinking by Jill Burns and Kelly Gasink led to this Austin-based company that sells four pre-bottled cocktails mixed with premium vodka and organic herbs, juices and nectars. A pool party and a pitcher of Cucumber Vodka Mojito or Tea Twister could make summer a lot more refreshing. Available in Texas and Northern California or online, $15.99 for wine-sized bottles.