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Saturday 11 September 2021

So fast, so shiny, so sharp: quality cocktails poured from a pouch

Quality pre-mixed cocktails in pouch? 

I was dubious to say the least, but happy to be proved wrong. 

During this lockdown phase, research has shown that Australians are purchasing - and drinking - more alcohol than usual.

And Sophisticated Cocktail Co is redefining what it means to “drink consciously” and with minimal effort.

Manly-based Sophisticated Cocktails Co is Australia's sustainability-based RTD cocktail brand. 

For cocktails lovers used to slaving over a range of ingredients, the new range is shaken, stirred and ready to sip. 

No specialised skills, ingredients or YouTube/ Instagram reels needed. 

The RTDs - including margaritas and espresso martinis - come in eco-friendly nitrogen stand-up pouches (they used to be called goon bags) with a tap for you to use to pour straight to your cocktail glass.

Not only do the pouches look smart, they are also good for the environment.

The pouches reduce carbon footprints by 80% compared to glass bottle equivalents. 

The drinks are sugar- and preservative-free, using locally grown fresh-pressed fruit, premium alcohol brands, and locally roasted cold brew coffee. 

Slick, smooth and easy.

The Sophisticated Cocktails range features Pina Colada, Gin Martini and Cosmo Carrie as well as the rather delicious margarita l tried with Saltbird kaffir lime and chilli salt on the rim (and will be trying again tonight).

To be honest, I could tell no difference between my drink and a $20 cocktail bar effort. Impressive.

The range starts at $59 per 750ml and is available to purchase online at and at stockists including some Porters stores in NSW.

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