Since its inception in 2017, East London-based pre-batched cocktail producer Black Lines has already established itself as a heavy hitter on the UK drinks scene. You've most likely come across its on-tap cocktails, which are served at some of the country's best venues, from The Standard Hotel to Homeslice. Most recently, the masters of mixology have launched a range of ready-to-serve bottled cocktails, in an attempt to shake up stuffy notions of traditional 'cocktail hour' and prove that beautiful cocktails don’t need to be restricted to expensive, once-a-month treats.
The result is seriously impressive: top-notch tipples made from premium ingredients, ready to be served anywhere, anytime. Taking the faff out of making your own cocktails, they're ideal for cracking open after a busy day at work or bringing along to a picnic in the park. They also happen to be lovely to look at, with each label illustrated by a talented artist, making for an even more enjoyable experience. Scroll on for a closer look at each of the cocktails...
Black Lines bottled cocktails
The Elderflower Collins is Black Lines' take on the classic Tom Collins – a sour cocktail of gin, lemon and soda. Black Lines has made the classic its own, using East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin and adding British Elderflower for a crisp, refreshing twist. Serve it over ice in a highball glass with a slice of fresh lemon.
Pear & White Tea Fizz
The Pear & White Tea Fizz is a Black Lines signature serve that was initially launched as a limited release before eventually becoming a permanent member of the family. It combines two high quality British spirits, Chase farm-to-bottle Potato Vodka and Kanpai Junmai Sake, for a light and bubbly flavour with an Asian twist. Pour over plenty of ice in a wine glass and garnish with a slice of fresh lemon.
The Paloma is the most popular and well-loved cocktail in Mexico, despite its relative obscurity around the rest of the world. Black Lines' version combines tequila blanco with its house Grapefruit Soda and a pinch of Maldon Sea Salt for roundness. When it comes time to serve, pour it over plenty of ice in a highball or rocks glass and garnish with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit.
Spicy Tommy's Margarita
Named after the self-proclaimed “premier tequila bar on earth", Tommy's Restaurant in San Francisco, the Tommy's Margarita was invented when Julio Bermejo, son of Tommy, replaced the triple sec in the classic serve with the natural honeyed flavour of agave. The Black Lines version balances fresh-pressed lime and agave with a touch of chilli for an added kick.
To create their Espresso Martini, Black Lines partnered with two of the very best British producers and ingredients - Chase field-to-bottle Potato Vodka and single origin San Fermin cold brewed coffee from speciality coffee roasters, Origin. The result is chocolate and caramel on the nose, a creamy, buttery texture on the palate and a smooth, bitter finish.
The Negroni is one of the world's favourite cocktails, a timeless classic that balances juniper-forward gin, bitter, bold Campari and herbaceous vermouth. Black Lines has used East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin for their tasty take on the classic. Pour it over plenty of ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
Discover Black Lines bottled cocktails at blacklinesdrinks.com.