Pitcher Perfect

Four cocktails you can mix for the masses


Ah, the beauty of batch mixing. Whether you're having friends over for the World Cup, or you're planning to spend Sunday camped out on a patio, having a pitcher of cocktails at your disposal means maximizing the time you spend off your feet.

While you can batch almost any drink you desire, strong, classic cocktails like martinis are best when freshly made to order. Start out sticking to recipes that can last all day (or, in the case of fruit drinks like sangria, get even better as the ingredients soak). When creating larger quantities of cocktails, make sure to mind your measurements, and keep the ice in the glasses, not in the pitcher.
White Sangria

1 Bottle Chenin Blanc
1 Medium orange, thinly sliced
1 Peach or 2 nectarines, pitted and diced
1 Mango, peeled, seeded and diced
2 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 cup Strawberries, sliced

Combine the wine and fruit in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic -– no metal) and blend well. Put the sangria in the fridge and let it sit overnight. Taste the sangria just before serving and add sugar to the desired sweetness.

The Ultimate Caipirinha

8 oz Cabana Cachaca
4 oz Simple Syrup
5 Limes, quartered

Muddle the quartered limes in the bottom of a pitcher. Add all other ingredients and plenty of ice. Stir vigorously.

Lynchburg Lemonade

1 part Jack Daniel's
1 part Triple sec
1 part Sour mix
4 parts Lemon-lime soda

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir. Garnish with lemon or lime slices.

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  • Snooth User: gwalb
    418846 1

    Seltzer water in a mint julep?????????

    Jul 02, 2010 at 6:48 PM

  • Snooth User: brigide
    432690 2

    I'd like to share another drink/ snack for a crowd that I made for my birthday this New Zealand summer.. it was a big hit :)
    It is kind of a oyster bloody mary shooter..
    First you chop up some red onion or shallots, with some vine ripened tomatoes, perfectly ripe avocados and cilantro. (Like you were making a chunky fresh salsa.) Combine with some lime juice and chill in the fridge until you want to prep them up for the party ( I would recommend not more than 1 or 2 hours before you want to serve them..)
    layout X amount of large shooter glasses or smallish old fashioned glasses, on a tray (make sure they will fit back in your fridge, other wise just make them up just before you want to serve them.. it doesn't matter either way.. ) put a spoon of the salsa in each and an oyster.
    To serve pour over a shot of chilli vodka (or plain if you don't have chilli - you may want to add Tabasco in this case) and some spiced tomato to taste. serve with a slither of celery (make these by slicing the celery stick long ways and cut to an appropriate size to fit your glasses.. )
    These are soo good, everybody was raving about them, and asking for the recipe.. (and for another one!) A good party number as they are a snack and drink in one :)

    Jul 03, 2010 at 7:29 AM

  • Snooth User: murry09
    490853 10

    sounds wonderful except for the oyster!!

    Jul 05, 2010 at 4:04 PM

  • Snooth User: christo93
    364857 14

    I like to add 1cup Spanish brandy to my sangria and a few tablespoons agave nectar. I also love Margaritas and Martinis by the pitcher.

    Jul 06, 2010 at 11:36 AM

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