Christmas gift set launching at Sainsbury’s this October

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Premium cocktail delivery kit, Kocktail, is delighted to announce its first retail launch. 

Less than a year after the brand launched in September 2020, the team has secured a listing with one of the UK’s largest supermarkets, Sainsbury’s. 

Set to be the must have gift for cocktail lovers this Christmas, the Espresso Martini & Cocktail Shaker gift set launches in 500 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide this October. 

Co-founder of Kocktail, Emil Stickland, said – “We are thrilled to have secured a listing for Christmas with Sainsbury’s. Since launching last September, we’ve had an overwhelming positive response from customers who, we are delighted to hear, love the drinks as much as we love making them.

“The Espresso Martini is one of our personal favourite cocktails, so we’re excited that Kocktail’s take on this classic is going to be accessible to many more cocktail lovers across the country to celebrate the Christmas season.” 

Creating bar-quality, freshly made cocktails to enjoy at home or in the garden, Kocktail offers a monthly subscription club service with a menu of new drinks every month within their light, dark and mixed ‘Discovery’ boxes. Drinks arrive with accompanying garnishes and cocktail recipe cards that have become something of a collector’s item among subscription club members. 

Customers can also purchase one-off boxes and gifts through its DTC website, including the recently launched Old Fashioned and Summer Spritz selection box. 

With an ambition to take Kocktail from being purely an online business and make it available on shelves nationwide year-round; the Sainsbury’s listing for Christmas is a positive sign of interest in the brand from retailers. 

The announcement follows the recent successful crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, which saw over £150k of investment raised. 

A business born out of lockdown, Co-founders Emil Stickland and Andrew Hutchinson had the idea last Spring. Unable to find a bar quality drink delivery that matched the taste experience of world leading cocktail bars (which were closed due to the impact of COVID-19), they decided to put their experience together and go about making their own. 

Bringing their friend and international award-winning barman Neil Donachie into the mix was the complementary olive in the Martini. With a wealth of experience, including serving as Senior bartender at the famous Savoy Hotel’s Beaufort Bar when it was crowned the best hotel bar in the world, Neil is now Chief Kocktail curator. Devising monthly drinks for Discovery Boxes, in under a year he’s already created a recipe bank of over 80 Kocktails. 

The Espresso Martini & Cocktail Shaker gift set launches with a retail price of £16, making it the perfect under £20 gift idea.  

A luxurious mix of the ten-time distilled, smooth, Wheatley Vodka with a splash of Italy’s favourite coffee liqueur, Caffé Borghetti, plus the addition of cold brew coffee bringing even more coffee oomph from East London’s independent plant-based coffee specialists, Minor Figures. 

Chief cocktail curator, Neil Donachie said: “It’s sumptuous, rich and creamy with the perfect blend of premium spirits and top-tier coffee to satisfy your need for the finest Espresso Martini at home.” 

Alongside the 200ml double serve Espresso Martini, the set will include a stainless-steel cocktail shaker for the ultimate bar quality experience at home. 

For more information or to browse the current range, visit the Kocktail website, www.kocktail.co.uk