Picture this: It's Sunday evening just before sunset. You're lounging in the late afternoon sun on a cloudless day, dressed in your summer whites, engrossed in a page-turning read that you simply can't put down. You pause to take a sip of something deliciously refreshing to quench your thirst. AKA the perfect summer day.
If you're also counting down to June 21 (T-minus eight days), these pitcher cocktail recipes are exactly what you need. Perfect for sipping on balmy summer nights, these concoctions encapsulate the ease of the season with fruity flavors, herb garnishes, and just the right amount of fizz. Keep scrolling for five pitcher cocktail recipes you're going to want to make on repeat all summer long.
Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz
Level of Difficulty: Hard. You'll need a saucepan, muddler, and dried hibiscus flowers (which you can order on Amazon) to make this recipe.
Hero Ingredient: The cherries. Rich, sweet flavor seeps out of the quintessential summer fruit when simmered with dried hibiscus flowers.
Serving Tip: Garnish each beverage with a blossom sprig and a fresh cherry for a stunning presentation.
Peach Mint Julep
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Hero Ingredient: Peaches. The perfect summer cocktail, this recipe takes only minutes to prepare.
Serving Tip: Reserve a peach slice and sprig of mint to garnish each glass.
Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimms Cup
Level of Difficulty: Medium. This recipe doesn't require a ton of skill, but it does require more slicing and chopping than your typical mix-and-pour cocktail.
Hero Ingredient: Elderflower liqueur. Fragrant and delicate, this liqueur offsets the sweet strawberry and refreshing cucumber flavor.
Serving Tip: You can easily make this recipe ahead of time. Just add the ginger beer and crushed ice to the pitcher just before pouring for optimal results.
Blueberry Hibiscus Margarita Punch
Level of Difficulty: Hard. This recipe involves infusing, puréeing, and whisking. It's by no means difficult, but you'll need to plan ahead to track down the right tools.
Hero Ingredient: The blueberries. When simmered with lime juice, the fruit bursts with a sweet flavor and turns a bright shade of pink.
Serving Tip: Coat the rim of each glass in a hibiscus-infused salt before pouring the punch and serving.
Citrusy Rosé Sangria
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Hero Ingredient: The dry rosé. Crisp, refreshing, and fruity, this recipe for sippable sangria is one you'll crave on warm summer nights.
Serving Tip: Dip each glass in sugar before serving for an extra dose of sweetness.
Looking for more warm weather recipes? Next up, seven summer dinner ideas to keep on constant rotation through September.