Carluccio’s to sell pre-batched cocktails

by Owen Bellwood

Bottled cocktail specialist World of Zing has launched a new pre-batched cocktail, exclusively available at Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s.

The Sofia Spritz is made from artichoke-infused Tanqueray Gin, rosemary, hyssop, chicory, fennel and black pepper, and has been inspired by the “Britalian” heritage of Antonio Carluccio, the chain’s founder. Valentina Zampini, Carluccio’s head wine buyer, said: “We’re really pleased to partner with Spirit of Zing on our new signature Sofia Spritz cocktail. “By infusing our cocktails with the same ingredients that we use in our dishes we’re able to create a really unique summer serve that offers a modern twist on an Italian classic.” The Sofia Spritz is an “aromatic, savoury and crisp cocktail”, which is named in honour of the founder's love of actress Sophia Loren and Sofia, his pet pig. World of Zing founder Pritesh Mody said: “We are proud to have the only facility in Europe that can pre-batch cocktails with the same care and complexity found in the best bars. “Carluccio’s will now benefit from incredible handcrafted cocktails that are consistent across all of their venues without having to invest in the complex equipment and training required to produce a drink of such quality”. The cocktail is delivered in cases of 6x750ml bottles, with each bottle containing 10 serves, and will be available across all 105 Carluccio’s restaurants in the UK. Last year, World of Zing produced a "UK first for craft cocktails" as it launched its ready-to-drink cocktails in minibars at luxury London hotel The Bloomsbury.