Rolls-Royce starts the Christmas drinks early with limited edition Cocktail Hamper

Published: 08 December 2015

► Hand-crafted Cocktail Hamper 
► Limited to just 15 examples
► All aboard for a liquid picnic

It probably is that time of year, come to think of it – but if you’ve been wondering what to get the plutocrat in your life who really does have everything, Rolls-Royce has come up with a corking possibility. Behold, the limited edition Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper.

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Are you serious?

Oh yes. If ever a motoring accessory has demanded capitalisation it’s this Cocktail Hamper. As with all things Rolls-Royce, there are most definitely no half measures involved. (Sorry.)

For example, the Hamper itself takes eight weeks to complete, and is made from a mix of American walnut wood and natural grain leather, materials of the same standard Rolls uses in its cars. There’s an automatic interior light, which illuminates mirrored surfaces in the manner of am actual cocktail bar, and a magnetic recess to safely store the paring knife. 

The Rolls-Royce of hampers

The four handcrafted tumblers included are by Theresienthal (Europe’s most revered glass maker, apparently, which is probably why we’ve never heard of them), and themselves demand a month’s labour, being blown into beech wood moulds to ensure an exceptionally smooth surface. Their rims are finished in platinum.

Further tantalising details include four decanters, a pair of canapé dishes, an ice bucket, a chopping board, an American Walnut muddler, an ‘RR’ monogrammed strainer, a jiggler, a crusher, a glass serving tray and the all important cocktail shaker. There’s also space for napkins and recipe cards, plus a bespoke book of cocktail recipes inspired by Rolls-Royce heritage. 

Whatever happened to not drinking and driving?

Rolls’ hasn’t been so crass as to put an actual figure on this haute cocktail shenanigans, but we strongly suspect buyers will be a little short of ready cash for petrol after making the purchase.

For context, Bentley charges £21k for the Bentayga’s picnic hamper, and that’s just a regular part of the options list. The Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper is limited to just 15 examples world wide, ‘ensuring their exclusivity’. For further context, Rolls-Royce has 130 retailers – we do hope they’ve got a stiff drink handy to help the unlucky would be customers who miss out get over their disappointment.

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Not your average picnic

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count

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