In a lot of ways, the pomp and fun of having a cocktail seem completely at odds with the sobering doldrums of everyday life under lockdown. All the more reason to drink up, we say.

Pre-batched cocktails have been on the cusp of going mainstream for a long time now. But lockdowns have sped this up. Sydney’s best bartenders have been forced to innovate and pour everything they have into making cocktails ready to enjoy at home.

The results are excellent – these aren’t just the best at-home cocktails in town: order one of these, and it’ll be among the best drinks you have this year.

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PS40

This CBD bar’s signature cocktails – which all have wild, inventive flavour combos that actually work – are available again. The pick of the bunch might be the Breakfast Negroni, which features notes of banana bread, coffee and tonka bean. The Zeneca Zombie and Glady’s Gimlet (topical) are also well worth a look-in. There are five cocktails to choose from. It’s a three bottle minimum purchase, but the PS40 crew is hand-delivering Sydney-wide. Order here.

40 Skittle Lane, Sydney

Maybe Sammy

This world-renowned bar in The Rocks properly got into the takeaway-cocktail game during last year’s lockdown. Now, the Maybe Sammy crew has turned its pour-and-serve cocktail range into a full-blown cottage industry. Peruse floral twists on the all-time classics (a Eucalyptus Gimlet or a Chamomile Martini, perhaps) on the sleek online shop. Pick-up and delivery available.

115 Harrington Street, The Rocks

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If you didn’t get a chance to try one of Matt Whiley’s revolutionary cocktails before lockdown, fear not – he’s put them in bottles. Try the Saint Peter-inspired Martini with Tanqueray gin, Ketel One vodka, Yarra Valley trout roe, Cavendish banana and Junmai Nama Genshu sake. It’s crazy but it works. There’s a range of creations in 100- and 500-mil sizes. You can also do a four-drink bundle, and there are beers, wine and back-shelf spirits available for pick-up and delivery.

2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Iconic cocktails in a can; there’s not much else to say, really. The Mar-tinny, Can-hattan and Cosmopoli-tin are all available to purchase from the Newtown Deli direct. P&V also has a bunch in stock.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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Earl's Juke Joint

Derelict butcher shop on the outside; world-class cocktail bar on the inside. Last lockdown, Earl’s range of pre-batch stiff drinks was a takeaway hit. This one’s no different. The Manhattan is back, this time with coconut Bulleit bourbon, native wattleseed, Pedro Ximenez sherry and orange bitters. Hip-flask-sized bottles of Negroni and Margarita are up, too. Order the trio through P&V or Built To Spill.

407 King Street, Newtown

Burrow Bar

CBD bar Burrow has two excellent takeaway options to choose from. For food, there's an entire menu of modern Vietnamese food from Burrow's soon-to-launch sister venue, Cash Only Diner. Takeaway and delivery available here. (And also on Deliveroo.) There's also a great range of Burrow's signature bottled cocktails, which ship nationwide – as well as beers and wines from the drinks list.

96 Clarence Street, Sydney

Cantina Ok!

We don’t think it’s a stretch to count this tiny, standing-room-only joint among the world’s best tequila and mezcal bars. It’s not just about the sheer range on offer. It’s the encyclopaedic knowledge in-house that sets the bar so, so high. Now, you can order a taste to take home. Fair warning: these drinks ain’t cheap. But every drop is worth it. Stand around in your pyjamas and sip slow.

Council Place, Sydney

Jacoby's

Newtown’s own Twin Peaks-themed boozer is throwing that tiki-tinged energy into cans, same as last lockdown. Its famed Pina Colada, Margarita and Rock Lobster cocktails are back. But the good doctor also makes a “Damn Fine Coffee” too, with Mr Black coffee liqueur, white creme de cacao, coconut water and St Ali cold drip. Pick up your prescription from the bar. Delivery available through Drnks, P&V and Built To Spill.

154 Enmore Road, Enmore

Gin Lane

This Chippendale bar is a shrine to all things gin. Now you too can pay homage to this botanical-infused spirit in your own home, with Gin Lane’s pre-batched cocktails. Take home bottles of Southside or Vesper Martini. Or maybe its twist on a Tom Collins, featuring pressed cucumber and lavender syrup with Hendrick’s gin. Preorder for pick-up, delivery and drive-through.

16 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird’s takeaway offering has returned. Cocktails – including Margaritas, Negronis and Espresso Martinis – are $15 each ($90 if you go for one of the big six-serve ones). And Tequila Mockingbird will deliver any cocktail free within a 15-kilometre radius. There's also a food menu that involves starters such as fish tacos and larger mains such as a 700-gram, slow-roasted lamb shoulder.

6 Heeley Street, Paddington

Golden Gully

Leichhardt’s favourite neighbourhood bar is all about native Australian ingredients and homegrown producers. Now a dedicated takeaway tavern, it’s dishing out single-serve and party-sized editions of its greatest hits. Go for an Aussie Negroni, an Old Fashioned or the drink of the moment, the Quarantini. There’s plenty more where that came from, too. Order online and swing past the Gully to collect. Thursday to Saturday, from 5pm to 8pm.

153 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Four Pillars Laboratory

This is a time for cocktails. Thankfully, Four Pillars’ shop is open with the goods throughout this lockdown. There’s a good range of wines, too.

410 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Archie Rose Distilling Co

This dynamic distillery is keeping its cellar door open for takeaway cocktails and spirits. Drop in any time between 10am and 6pm to pick up gins, whiskies, vodkas and pre-mixed cocktails from the bottle shop window.

85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery

Pepito's

Most of the menu at this Peruvian diner – including ceviche, South American sangas, and pre-mixed Pisco Sours – is available to take away. Call 8668 5479 to order.

276 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Redfern Surf Club

Redfern Surf Club is doing 200- and 500-millitre ($20 and $49, respectively) bottles of good-time drinks such as watermelon Margs, “Sex on the Couch” and Espresso Martinis. You can also pre-order 700-mil “party bags” ($65) of all the above cocktails for pick-up or delivery Thursday to Saturday. Free same-day delivery for orders over $49, Thursday to Saturday, within a five-kilometre radius (this is applied pretty loosely). Negronis and Espresso Martinis can be shipped nationally.

60 Botany Road, Alexandria

Dulcie’s Kings Cross

Dulcie’s is putting some serious love into its delivery service, sending out 90-millilitre “one step” cocktails (serve over ice) and 125-millilitre “two step” cocktails (shake and serve), pre-batched and bottled for $18. Each one comes with a recipe card outlining some history behind the drink, plus a Dulcie’s coaster. For a luxe option, try a survival kit. These come with a half-litre of hooch (worth five serves) plus your choice of cheese or charcuterie plate. Delivery is $5, or you can pick up daily from 5pm to 10pm.

44B Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
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