A delicious, fragrant cocktail is one way to get the party started when hosting guests. If you'd rather let go of the responsibility of playing bartender all night, the best way to make sure everyone has plenty to drink is with a few big batch cocktails. That way everyone is free to serve themselves (and go back for as many refills as they want), leaving you with more time to spend enjoying yourself with the people you've brought together.
If you pride yourself on your mixology skills, fret not—big-batch cocktails can be just as elevated as any other handcrafted cocktail. You can prepare a delightful holiday sangria, a raspberry granita rosé cocktail, or a sparkling sage grapefruit concoction for a crowd. Make them in advance and display your creation in a chic pitcher to match the rest of the event's décor. Ahead, discover 10 big-batch cocktails that are so much more than a simple spiked punch. These recipes are sure to make any party a smash.
Sweet Bourbon Peach Lemonade
This pitcher-friendly sweet bourbon peach lemonade from Half Baked Harvest calls for just three simple, fresh ingredients and it will only set you back five minutes in the kitchen. Combine lemonade, ripe peaches, and bourbon in a blender, and serve topped with a juicy peach slice and a fragrant sprig of thyme for a little something special.
Roasted Cherry Sangria
A refreshing, holiday-ready big-batch cocktail, this roasted cherry sangria from Foodie Crush will please any crowd. Because it's sangria, which calls for a bit of extra time for the ingredients to soak together, you'll want to make this drink the day before an event. Roast sweet cherries in the oven with just a sprinkle of sugar. Then you'll add them into a pitcher of red zinfandel and Kirsch with orange slices. Top with cava rosé, and garnish with mint or basil leaves when it comes time to drink up.
Pomegranate Pink Lemonade Punch
This cocktail is as festive as they come. Flavors of pomegranate swirl with tangy lemon and orange. And, of course, the fizzy drink from Hello Glow wouldn't be complete without a healthy splash of champagne. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large pitcher or bowl, and save the champagne for after each drink has been poured.
Top the creation with a few pomegranate seeds and sprigs of thyme for a photo-ready cocktail.
Sparkling Sage Grapefruit Cocktail
Upgrade your punch bowl with this recipe for a sparkling sage grapefruit cocktail from Salt & Wind. It calls for vodka, sparkling wine, fresh grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, and simple syrup (is your mouth watering yet?). Pour the concoction over ice, and top with a delicate sage leaf to garnish. It smells just as good as it tastes, delighting the senses.
Ginger Beer Refresher
This flavorful ginger beer refresher comes from The Modern Proper. It takes a bit of extra effort to make a ginger concentrate by hand, but the tasty creation is well worth it. Blend together raw ginger, water, lime, and sugar, using a cheesecloth to strain the mixture. Pour over club soda and top with a lime when you're ready to enjoy.
Smoked Whiskey Apple Cider Cocktail
This big-batch cocktail will warm you up no matter how chilly the weather may be outside. The smoked whiskey apple cider recipe from Salt & Wind calls for apple cider, apples, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange, honey, lapsang tea, and your choice of rum, whiskey, or bourbon. All of these ingredients come together for a spicy, smoky, sweet, cocktail perfect for a crowd.
Whip up a big batch of the classic Pimm's cup cocktail with this recipe from The Modern Proper. For the uninitiated, Pimm's is a gin-based liqueur made with a special mix of herbs to give it its signature taste. Just pour lemon San Pellegrino, Pimm's No.1, lemon juice, cucumber, strawberries, and basil in a pitcher to mix.
Traditional White Sangria
For a more traditional big batch cocktail, try your hand at this white sangria from Minimalist Baker. It will only take you about 15 minutes to make, so you'll be hands-free during a party. Just muddle up some citrus fruits and sugar; then add apple brandy and fruit slices before topping with white wine. Stir it up, and add ice or frozen berries to keep it chilled.
Raspberry Granita Rosé Cocktails
This raspberry granita rosé cocktail from Sugar Salted is the perfect make-ahead big-batch cocktail (although it does require a bit of assembly for each individual drink). The part you can make in advance all at once is the raspberry granita, which calls for water, sugar, and frozen raspberries. The blended frozen mixture can stay in the freezer for a few days, giving you plenty of time to prep for a gathering. When you're ready to serve, dish out the granita, and top with elderflower syrup, crushed ice, mint leaves and rosé.
This holiday sangria from The Modern Proper is just the thing to get any party started and no one will know just how easy it is to make. Just combine ingredients like sparkling apple cider, red wine, brandy, cranberries, oranges, apples, and cinnamon and allow the flavors to meld together in a refrigerator overnight. Serve over ice with a sprig of rosemary to bring it all together.
Put down the shaker, and prepare one of these big-batch cocktails for your next soirée. They're sure to please a crowd, and get you out of the kitchen and into the party.