Though Dillon’s has become well known for their authentic, high quality pure spirits, Dillon’s and Insite saw an opportunity in the prepared cocktail segment to tell the same story of authenticity in real ingredients and sense of place.
Together we focused on a number of key goals for the product.
Firstly the challenge was in how to present serious cocktails in a fashion that would be flexible to be fun and easy for the beach as well as sharp and sophisticated enough to take to a dinner party.
Next, the package needed to speak to the craft and authenticity side of the cocktail and its ingredients, as well as deliver an overt feeling of ritual and timelessness.
And finally the package needed to be a program that would allow a series of cocktails within a form that could become a recognizable silhouette for years to come.
Insite first concluded that the market of ready to drink was already saturated with low quality beverages that did not honour or respect the legacy of the classic cocktail and that cocktail drinkers were needing a serious pre-mixed alternative. Consequently we created the more sophisticated category name of “Prepared Cocktail”.
Next the package program was conceived to be in a small single or double serve custom logo’d bottle with crown cap so as to be more classically interactive or ritualistic than the modern screw cap — requiring a tool or tactical method to open the bottle creates anticipation, muscle memory and enjoyment of the sound.
The label needed to be suggestive of the classic era of cocktails while in keeping with Dillon’s brand and contemporary so a simple colour palette was leveraged.
Then a windowed style 4-pack was designed to hold 4 bottles and capture the desire for social sharing and convenience of carry to casual situations.
The result has been incredibly well received by audiences who quite clearly welcomed the alignment of Dillon’s core values to the prepared cocktail. Demand is far exceeding production, selling out within hours to days with each batch release.
- Agency/Creative: Insite Design
- Article Title: Dillon’s Prepared Cocktails
- Organisation/Entity: Agency, Published Commercial Design
- Project Type: Packaging
- Agency/Creative Country: Canada
- Market Region: North America
- Project Deliverables: Brand Architecture, Brand Experience, Brand Identity, Brand Strategy, Branding, Graphic Design, Identity System, Illustration, Industrial Design, Product Naming, Structural Design, Tone of Voice
- Format: Bottle, Box, Case
- Substrate: Glass Bottle, Pulp Board, Pulp Carton