Cocktails are great. Picnics are great. And yet cocktails at a picnic are often a faff. When I lived overlooking a park in Edinburgh, I didn’t mind running downstairs with all the gear I needed for the juicing, the measuring and the shaking in an old doctor’s bag. A picnic in London comes with its own logistical challenges, and by the time you’ve fought for a free patch of grass in Regent’s Park, the chances are you bag of ice is going to be a sloppy wet mess, and any bespoke drinks will end up over-diluted and lacking a certain something.
Fortunately, the world of ready to drink cocktails has come on apace in the last few years and is no longer the reserve of super sweet and sickly supermarket concoctions. Big names from the UK bar scene and some specialist producers have begun using local, natural ingredients, small-batch infusions and a dash of ingenuity to create one-stop shops of cocktail delight that will fit into you bottle carriers.
So which cocktails deserve a space in your cool bag this summer? Here are our top 5: