When it comes to entertaining a crowd, big batch cocktails are a game-changer. These large-format libations are perfect for parties, backyard barbecues, and any gathering where you want to impress your guests without spending the entire event behind the bar. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a casual host looking to elevate your beverage game, big batch cocktails offer a convenient way to serve up delicious drinks without the hassle of individual preparation.
If you’re someone who loves bringing people together and enjoys the art of crafting tasty drinks, then big batch cocktails are right up your alley. So, grab your favorite spirits, mixers, and garnishes, and get ready to shake up some unforgettable drinks for your next shindig!
Fish House Punch
Fish House Punch is a little time-consuming to make due to the need for muddling and allowing the drink to sit for a few hours. However, the taste you’ll create is well worth it! It combines rum, cognac, and peach brandy with refreshing citrus flavors and a hint of spice from some nutmeg. I love the combination of spiciness and citrus, as it is very refreshing and goes well with most foods.
Hibiscus Punch Royale
Hibiscus Punch Royale is one of the easier big-batch cocktails to make, as all you need to do is combine everything in a pitcher and allow it to chill. It gives off summer vibes with a combination of rum, champagne, citrusy lime juice, and floral, sweet notes of hibiscus syrup. I love this drink because of its bright red color and mix of sweet and tart flavors.
Big-Batch Moscow Mule
Moscow Mules are easy to make, as you can mix everything in a pitcher and then top it off with ginger beer before serving. These delicious and refreshing drinks also only include three ingredients, so your shopping list will be short. Just combine vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer! The result is a spicy, citrusy, carbonated cocktail. I highly recommend adding mint sprigs for an extra refreshing zing.
Margaritas are almost always a winner for any gathering. Luckily these prosecco margaritas are easy to make by combining tequila, orange liqueur, and prosecco with citrusy lime juice and simple syrup in a pitcher. The result is a tasty mix of sweet and sour. I think the prosecco brings in a nice fruitiness that you don’t usually get from a traditional margarita.
Pear and Pub Ale Party Punch
If you’re having a gathering that features cookout food, this pear and pub ale party punch will be the perfect accompaniment. This easy recipe combines whiskey, rum, and ale with cinnamon-spiced, fruity syrup, and citrus juices. I think the alcohol choices pair especially well with the spicy and fruity notes.
One of the most refreshing cocktails out there is the mojito. So, creating a pitcher of this drink is sure to be a hit with guests. This recipe uses rum, mint syrup, lime juice, and soda water. The mint syrup will take a little time to make. However, you can easily throw everything into a pitcher after making it. I love the mix of sweet, citrusy, and invigorating minty notes.
Big-Batch French 75
Big-Batch French 75 is a great summer party drink with its combination of gin and champagne with a sweet simple syrup and zesty lemon juice. It has herbal and citrusy flavors, creating the perfect hot-weather refreshment. This is one of my go-to party drinks as it is like a spiked lemonade, and it’s easy to make.
Blood Orange Margaritas for a Crowd
If you’re a fan of orange or citrus, this is a drink for you! The addition of sugar helps sweeten it a bit, but the citrus taste is quite strong. It combines tequila and orange liqueur with fresh blood orange and lime juice. You’ll simply need to stir everything together in a pitcher and serve! I love how invigorating and refreshing this drink is.
Tom’s Garden Cooler
Tom’s Garden Cooler has a delicious mix of herbal and citrus notes, which is reminiscent of a mojito. It combines gin and elderflower liqueur with flavors of lemon, lime, and mint. All you need to do is stir everything in a pitcher and top it off with club soda! I love the combination of mint and lemon, as it creates an energizing feeling when it hits your taste buds.
Large Format Mezcal Negroni
Big-batch cocktails like a Negroni pitcher can make the perfect pre-meal drink. It uses simple ingredients like mezcal, Campari, sweet vermouth, and water. That’s it! This delicious mix has notes of citrus and fruitiness with hints of herbs and spices. I like to serve this drink with appetizers, as it almost cleanses the palate.
Watermelon lemonade is another easy drink that’ll be a big hit at your summer parties. Not only is it beautiful in color, but it bursts with flavor due to ingredients like gin, watermelon juice, lemon juice, and herb-based syrup. Combining these ingredients in a pitcher with sparkling water makes the perfect refreshment. I love the combination of sweetness with the herbs.
Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas For a Crowd
Try kicking your margaritas up a notch with some spicy jalapenos! It can take a little time to make the jalapeno syrup, but the flavor is well worth it! Just mix the syrup and lime juice with tequila and orange liqueur in a pitcher for a citrusy drink with a spicy zing. I love the contrast between the citrus and peppery spice.
Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
Spiked strawberry lemonade is a drink that’ll quench everyone’s thirst with its mix of strawberry simple syrup, lemon juice, and vodka. After you make the syrup, just combine everything in a pitcher and serve! The syrup will bring in a tasty, sweet fruitiness, while the lemon juice brings in that lemonade zing. I love the color and the summer-like taste.
Ginger Grapefruit Bourbon Sour
This easy ginger grapefruit bourbon sour combines bourbon with grapefruit juice, sweet simple syrup, fresh ginger, and other citrus flavors. Simply mix your ingredients in a pitcher after creating your simple syrup. I love the taste of the fresh ginger with the grapefruit juice, as it brings in a nice zip.
Peach Plum Sangria
Fruity drinks are always a safe option at parties. This easy peach and plum sangria will be a crowd-pleaser with its combination of peach brandy, dry Riesling, simple syrup, and fresh fruits. I love the sweetness from the peaches, plums, and cherries, which contrasts well with the tart Riesling. Just ensure this drink sits in the fridge overnight to get the true flavors of the fruit!
- Fish House Punch
- Hibiscus Punch Royale
- Big-Batch Moscow Mule
- Prosecco Margaritas
- Pear and Pub Ale Party Punch
- Mojito Pitcher
- Big-Batch French 75
- Blood Orange Margaritas for a Crowd
- Tom's Garden Cooler
- Large Format Mezcal Negroni
- Watermelon Lemonade
- Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas for a Crowd
- Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
- Ginger Grapefruit Bourbon Sour
- Peach Plum Sangria
- Pick your favorite recipe
- Gather all the needed ingredients
- Prep a big batch cocktail in less than 5 minutes