The Home Cocktail journey:
March 2020 was a difficult time for all of us and the world was in a very uncertain place. It all became very real for me when my father contracted Covid-19 and was seriously ill.
Like most of us, I was looking for a distraction, so I decided to make mini cocktail kits for friends and family. I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years, I’ve owned my own bars and been delivering cocktail classes for hen parties via my company Bristol Stag & Hen [www.bristolstagandhen.co.uk]... so I do know a thing or two! A few photos of my kits made it on social media and people started making comments: “I wish you could deliver me some” or “I wish I was spending lock down with you.” This got me thinking; what if I could deliver cocktails to even more people? Obviously, I wasn’t able to physically enter people’s houses and make them cocktails, so I sat and wrote down all the instructions step by step...
What started out as little gifts to put smiles on the faces of my friends and family, or as a thank you for supporting us through a hard time with my Dad, quickly turned into a small home delivery service in my local area of Bristol. Suddenly, people I didn’t even know starting asking me for cocktail kits and a wave of recommendations meant I was spending weekends in my kitchen cutting up limes and buying up every passion fruit in sight!
Word soon got around, and with pubs and restaurants closed, everyone was looking for alternative ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and Friday nights! My little delivery business was booming, I was fully booked most weekends, and lots of you would ask if this would continue after lockdown! I assured people it would, but in my heart I thought once the pubs and bars re-open I’m sure it will fizzle out... But, oh my! I was wrong! The dedicated, loyal customers that had kept me sane during lockdown still continued to order most weekends and totally loved the product. So much so that I took the plunge and decided to set up a cocktail subscription service, branching out into full national delivery - and Home Cocktails was born! My love of business and cocktails combined to bring you these fantastic cocktail boxes which I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
You are reading this little story because you or someone you know has purchased this cocktail box for you. I’d like so say a huge thank you for supporting a small, independent business that was forged during an incredibly difficult time. When you support a small business you really do support someones dream!
Finally, I want to give a big thanks to our NHS hero’s and key workers. By some miracle my Father survived and l’ll be forever grateful to our NHS Heroes for bringing him home. We are all eternally grateful.