4 new RTD cocktail brands launching in the UK

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

02 November 2020

From a new hard seltzer brand to bottled Espresso Martinis, there's nothing slowing down the creation of cocktails to drink at home

Good One hard seltzers

Another week, another hard seltzer brand, this time in the form of Good One which has launched with three flavours: Cloudy Grapefruit & Thyme; Lime & Cucumber; and Raspberry, Basil & Lime.

The seltzers are made using spring water from Northumberland alongside 'real fruit alcohol' and a 'small craft distilled botanical'.

Imbibe found Lime & Cucumber the most flavoursome of the three, with a pleasant refreshment from the cucumber along with a balancing hit of citrus from the lime, while the use of thyme and basil in the others is a nice twist on some of the more fruit-forward competitors on the market.

All three are vegan, low in sugar and carbohydrates and plastic free.

4% abv, RRP £33/12 x 330ml cans, Good One, haveagoodone.co.uk

Isles canned cocktails

Founded by ex-mixologist Callum Hutson during (the first) lockdown, Isles premium canned cocktails has launched with The Bittersweet and The Refresher. The expressions were developed by Hutson in his mother's kitchen in the Essex countryside, and were born from a desire to fill a gap in the market for not overly sweet drinks.

The Bittersweet (4.5% abv) is made using copper-pot craft gin, handmade artisan vermouth and flavoured with  raspberry and rhubarb, topped with a splash of soda water. It's suggested to be served chilled over ice in a wine glass and garnished with raspberries.

Meanwhile, The Refresher (4.4% abv) is also made with the same gin and vermouth, but then flavoured with elderflower and Granny Smith apples, and finally topped with soda water. Again, the serving suggestion is chilled over ice in a wine glass and garnished with a slice of fresh apple.

RRP £22/6 x 250ml cans, Isles Drinks, islesdrinks.co.uk

Black Lines Espresso Martini

The team at Black Lines has created its own version of Dick Bradsell's original classic cocktail. Following its launch of a Negroni and Spicy Tommy's Margarita this summer, the bottled- and kegged-cocktail expert is set to release its Espresso Martini on 16 November.

It's said to have been three years in the making, and the company has teamed up with British producers Chase field-to-bottle potato vodka and single-origin San Fermin cold-brewed coffee from speciality roasters, Origin. 

The final liquid is said to deliver 'chocolate and caramel on the nose, a creamy, buttery texture on the palate and a smooth bitter finish'. 

13% abv, RRP £24/500ml bottle, Black Lines, blacklinesdrinks.com

Miami Cocktail Company Organic Spritzes

Available from 6 November, the Wynwood-based craft cocktail company in Miami is launching in the UK with its wine-based Organic Spritz range.

The range comes in five flavours: Organic Bellini Spritz (rosé wine, peach juice and mango juice); Margarita Spritz (100% blue weber agave wine, lime, orange, elderflower and ginger juices); Mimosa Spritz (rosé wine , mandarin orange and tangerine juices); Paloma Spritz (blue weber agave, grapefruit, hibiscus and ginger juices); and Sangria Spritz rosé wine, orange, lime and pineapple juices).

Miami Cocktail Company is the creation of hospitality veterans Ross Graham and Simon Benstead and are a 'health-conscious' option. They will initially launch in Waitrose before being rolled out in the on-trade through Molson Coors.

4% abv, RRP £3/250ml can, Miami Cocktail Company, miamicocktail.com

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