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Win: Home-delivery cocktails from Bottleproof

Cambridge's award-winning cocktail brand has launched a home-delivery service via sister bar La Raza - and you could win a tasting set

The silver linings of life in lockdown may have been few and far between - but the renaissance of cocktail hour is definitely one of them. With bars and pubs closed, we’ve all been honing our home mixology skills and raising a glass with friends on Zoom; in dark times, it’s become a bright spot.

Brilliantly, Bottleproof - the multi award-winning trade brand which, sister to Cambridge bars La Raza and Ta Bouche, supplies cocktails to Champneys and the Dorchester Group - has now launched a home delivery service, which means you can order seven ready-to-shake-or-stir drinks direct to the door.

Priced £4.75 per 95ml single serve and £28.50 for a 700ml seven-serve bottle, you can choose between Espresso Martini, Porn Star Martini, Mojito, Raspberry Daiquiri, Negroni, Old Fashioned and Blueberry Gin Burst. Or you can go for one of each. . .

We’ve given them a whirl and can attest all seven are top notch. As long as you’ve got a cocktail shaker and follow the (very simple) instructions on the label, the result really is bar quality - the Espresso Martini, after shaking and straining, even had the classic fluffy ‘head’.

Plus, containing a double measure of premium spirits or liqueurs alongside juices, bitters, Bottleproof’s own-made syrups and no nasties (they’re free from preservatives, colouring and emulsifiers), all are all shining examples of their type, taste-wise. No wonder: 2019 saw Bottleproof pick up an impressive eight Spirits Masters and International Wine & Spirits Competition medals, including the coveted title of Global Grand Master of Speciality Spirits.

“Given the current situation and the expected long wait until pubs and bars can get back to any kind of normality, we have decided, for a limited time, to sell our bottled cocktails via our bar, La Raza, direct to the public,” explains Bottleproof co-founder Charles Anderson.

“This represents an amazing opportunity to try one of our multi award-winning cocktails at home. At the same time, it provides our bars, La Raza and Ta Bouche, with a means of receiving some income. Diversification like this is essential to enable us to get through this uniquely challenging time.”

To order go to order-and-pay.online/laraza or, if you’re within Cambridge city centre, see clickitlocal.co.uk

Win It

To celebrate the launch of the direct-delivery service, Velvet’s teamed up with Bottleproof to give away a box of all seven cocktails in single-serve size, worth more than £30 - or, if the winner prefers, a single seven-serve bottle, worth £28.50.

For your chance to win, simply email your name, address and daytime number to alice.ryan@velvetmag.co.uk, titling your message ‘Bottleproof Competition’. Entries should arrive no later than July 17 and the usual Ts and Cs apply: if you’re happy to be contacted by Iliffe Media and its partners, add ‘Please Contact’.

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