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A Cocktail Delivery Service Has Launched in New Zealand

Look beyond the unidentifiable dregs in the back of the pantry.
By Stephen Heard
August 08, 2017
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A Cocktail Delivery Service Has Launched in New Zealand

Look beyond the unidentifiable dregs in the back of the pantry.
By Stephen Heard
August 08, 2017
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The idea of dipping into your own liquor cabinet and fashioning drinks — that aren't just rum and Coke — for friends sounds like the ideal way to start a night. But in reality, unless you're a seasoned mixologist, that process is probably hindered by a stockpile of unidentifiable dregs in the back of the pantry or by trying to track down, and splash out on, exotic ingredients. Enter: New Zealand's first luxury cocktail delivery service.

The Cocktail Collective arose from the ashes of New Year's Eve 2016 when a group of friends were looking to elevate their morning after with cocktails, but found the admin unappealing.

The idea is simple: users select the cocktail of their choice online and pick a location anywhere in New Zealand. Each cocktail box is filled with fresh produce, portioned small batch spirits and a simple-to-read recipe card that will make between 10-15 serves. All you need is ice and something to drink out of.

The company's mixologist and spirit lecturer, Grant Pickup, has 25 years experience in the drinks-making business and has whipped up recipes for: margarita, espresso martini, Moscow mule, Southside royale, Beachcomber and Tom Collins. The first Cocktail Collective box recipe is an espresso martini in collaboration with coffee roasters Altezano Brothers. It features a cold brew coffee specifically crafted for the cocktail to give a thick longer-lasting crema crown — the gold mark of a quality espresso martini that means the 10th pour looks and tastes just like the first.

Cocktail Collective is now delivering cocktail boxes across the country. Find them here

Published on August 08, 2017 by Stephen Heard

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