With restrictions lifting, now's the time to play catch up on all those birthdays, engagements, graduations and more we missed out on by meeting up with friends for a socially distanced drink*.
Sure, you could bake a few cakes, order something in or whip out the barbeque. But sometimes a celebration calls for a bottle of something fancy and – ideally – not made by you!
The last few months have seen many restaurants and cafés innovate when it comes to their menus, but some of the true stars are the pre-made cocktails mixed up by some of our favourite spots. Here's our round-up of just some of the best places to hit up for cocktails at home.
Raise your hand if you miss tacos and margs at this beloved Mexican restaurant? Few things take the sting off a long work week or stressful slog of days than a salty, zingy, citrusy-fresh margarita, and 777's special mix are particularly good at blowing the cobwebs off you.
Now, you can order your own "party in a bottle" from 777. A 750ml bottle of pre-made margaritas serves five people and comes with a little pouch of spicy salt to rim your glasses with, all for €40. Order online or call to order for collection, or collect straight from the Dublin spot.
With many Irish barista champions passing through their doors, it's no surprise that Vice Coffee is home to some of the best cups of joe in Dublin. What you may not already know is that they put those roasting, pressing and brewing skills to good use by whipping up batches of espresso martinis to go.
Adding some pep to our steps during lockdown, Vice started selling their kits in May, just in time for al fresco catch ups, and have continued since. A silky blend of espresso, vodka and kahlua, all you need to do is shake and serve.
Choose between a 500ml kit that makes four drinks (€25) or a litre kit that makes eight (€45), and while you're at it pick up all the equipment you need to perfect your martinis, from Boston tins and strainers to elegant glasses. Order over Instagram or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since it first opened its doors, 1661 – a Dublin bar that celebrates Irish gin and its history – knew how to impress with a cocktail. So it's no wonder their range of 10 pre-made cocktails have been so coveted since restrictions came in.
Their selection includes in-house specials like the Belfast Coffee – their take on an Irish coffee – and the 1661 Old Fashioned. Each bottle costs €47, except for the Belfast Coffee which costs €40, and come with instructions for serving. Orders can be placed on WhatsApp and on their bar's website, or you can pick up your bottle from a number of off-licenses, cafés and wine shops.
Pyg's cocktails – excellently named pygtails – are some of the best out there, so when it was announced that the glam bar would be offering supersize batches over Deliveroo, many of us rejoiced. I have it on good authority these pack a punch so ... be warned.
Choose from the Zombie, a heady mix of white and dark rum, passion fruit and pineapple; the Tropicalya, a blend of pink gin, mango puree and triple sec; or the Berrylicious, a mix of pear vodka, Jagermeister and mixed berry puree, as well as other cocktails.
Each bottle costs €24.90 and can be ordered over Deliveroo or through Pyg's WhatsApp.
The only thing better than the misnomer of a name this place has is its selection of superb cocktails. Only open since January 2020, Anti Social has already won fans with its lush and comforting toasties. But the cocktails are just as decadent, and are available for delivery and collection now.
Whether it's a batch of Zombies (€26), Cosmos (€25) or the ever-intriguing medley of flavours and spirits that is their in-house Party Punch (€25), you can place an order the day before for delivery, or simply pick yours up from the bar yourself.