Our Commitments and Policies on the Environment
and your Satisfaction
It’s not about being perfect, it’s about making better choices. All our choices are highlighted in bold.
We’re really happy to be the first cocktail delivery company in the UK to move to a combination of packaging which is genuinely either bio-degradable or 100% recyclable. In November 2020 we finished the durability testing phase for our bio-degradable drinks pouches and placed our first order to transition away from plastic.
We deliberatley avoided using ‘baby food’ style pouches. The reason is that they contain multi-layers of plastic or plastic with aluminium, and they are known to be difficult to recycle as described in this Times article.
Our pouches are not the flashiest or most slick branded container for your cocktails, but we chose them specifically because they are plant based and with no palm oil. They compost under ambient temperatures (<30c) in weeks rather than years, and we can be happy knowing that you don’t have to worry about throwing them in the bin. We’re not pretending to be perfect, but there was a solution out there to reduce plastic packaging and we chose to use it.
Our labels are also printed on plain paper without any coatings or foiling. This means you may notice moisture affects them when pulling our drinks out of your fridge or freezer, but we do not want to use labels with plastic coatings or metallic foils that are either not at all recyclable or can be difficult to do so. It breaks our heart because we also love great design, but we need to draw the line and choose not to use plastic polymer based labels or plastic polymer based pouches.
For our UK deliveries we use Royal Mail as a carrier with existing routes to your address every week.
In the future we would love to work with our suppliers of packaging backwards up the chain to try and eliminate as much supply chain plastic and non recyclable material as we can. Let’s be honest though, this will require us to grow the business to a size where we can have these conversations with our suppliers as a major customer instead of a cottage industry business.
We really encourage you to take a good look at the ingredients we are putting in your drinks. Every time a drink goes on our menu we think about the sourcing of our produce, and how we can use ingredients with less waste. For example we turn banana skins into a syrup (banana oleo) with pure fair trade cane sugar. The cranberry juice for our Cosmo, rather than being from concentrate is made using juice we press ourselves from frozen cranberries.
We genuinely do our best to find the best quality ingredients. This means that when we do have a perishable imported ingredient that can’t realistically be replaced such as lime, we do our best to use them in a zero waste way. That means we make our lime cordial using every part of the whole lime. It also gives us a much longer shelf life as we combine the sugar and citrus together at the point of production meaning so far we’ve not wasted a single drop. We do this because we don’t want to substitute with inferior ingredients, for example citric acid instead of lime in a Margarita. Don’t get us wrong there can be a place for citric acid in certain circumstances, but if we ordered a Margarita in a bar and got citric acid instead of lime juice, we’d ask for our money back. If a business doesn’t want to use limes because of a genuine desire to reduce food miles we suggest not putting a Margarita on the menu at all.
Then there is our alcohol product selection. You’ll see that we tell you exactly which products we are using and why that product is in the cocktail. Where possible we choose UK based ingredients, and we have full autonomy over which products we use and they are chosen because they not only work in the cocktail, but we also have an affinity for them. I mean, obviously there are exceptions for products with protected origin status such as Tequila and Cognac.
Fed up with Bullshit
We’ll let you in on a secret as we’ve been in the drinks industry for a long time, when it comes to ingredients there’s a hell of a lot of bulshit right in front of your nose. We’ve noticed the bullshit gets amplified when you’re looking online and can't physically touch or taste the product, or talk to a human about it. That’s why we name our ingredients in every cocktail.
We don’t think it’s funny at all - that some online delivery menus are composed of products all from the same big spirit company or used purely because someone received a cheque from the alcohol supplier. We think it’s anti-competitive and limits customer choice, your choice. We are more understanding when this happens in bricks and mortar cocktail bars, because let’s face it rent is far too damn high for these places and if you are talking to a bartender you have the opportunity to request another brand if you like.
At the end of the day we want our drinks to be ‘crushable’ and accessible like your favourite taco joint, or that local Italian who make the pasta dish you love and go back to for the reasonable pricing that doesn’t take the piss.
Why do we do this?
If you've got this far quite simple really, because we give three big fucks
(apologies for the language but you’re over 18 to be on this website after all)
We give a fuck about being better for the environment.
We give a fuck about where our ingredients come from.
We give a whole bunch of fucks to make you the best product we can, so you can enjoy our drinks and don’t have to worry so much about giving a fuck.