Helping London’s out-of-work bartenders: Introducing new monthly subscription service – The Cocktail Factory


A subscription service that gives back, The Cocktail Factory, delivers mouth-watering cocktail concoctions straight to your door, created to help talented bartenders that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each box of mixology magic ordered from includes two serves of three bespoke cocktails for £30 a month, with 50% of each box’s proceeds going directly to the bartender to support them whilst they are out of work.

From twists on old classics to completely new cocktails, The Cocktail Factory champions one passionate bartender’s set of recipes per month, inspired by their background, personality and passion for their skill. The upcoming box has been created by Stefano Bussi. Born in Turin, Italy, Stefano has worked at some of the best bars in the world including The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz. His concept will focus on the versatility of one ingredient over a period of time – the strawberry – and will include a fruity gin and tonic, as well as his take on the Hanky Panky, originally created at The Savoy in 1936 by its first female bartender.

The following box in The Cocktail Factory series has been created by the talented Pietro Rizzo who has over 14 years’ experience working in London’s top bars, including the popular Mr Fogg’s chain of eccentric bars. His focus will be new twists on the old classics, including martini and negroni style drinks, in addition to the ‘bartender’s choice’ – Adonis. Each box comes ready-to-drink with no additional mixing required, accompanied by garnishes matched to each cocktail, a video from the bartender, a Spotify playlist created to help set the mood for sipping cocktails at home, and a step-by-step guide on enhancing your drinking experience – including glassware recommendations.
With over half a million jobs lost in the hospitality industry due to the pandemic, The Cocktail Factory was founded by 23-year-old Milo Walker’s desire to support young and talented hospitality workers alike to himself that have been professionally hit by the pandemic. With the aim to keep young ambitious bartenders’ dreams alive, Milo is committed to helping those out-of-work stay busy and in a positive headspace.

Milo Walker, says “My idea for The Cocktail Factory came from my day job working in the drinks industry. I was hearing regularly about how the COVID restrictions were destroying businesses. I felt hopeless, so I had to do something to help. Our boxes are designed to be a place in which bartenders can express themselves and create amazing cocktails, and subscribers can experience their magic from home. We hope that in the future we can provide a regular income for those who have struggled to make ends meet between lockdowns”.