Big Batch Cocktails: 8 Summer Party Size Drinks

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Make your life easy and enjoy your summer party by making ahead of time big-batch cocktails in advance.

These easy drink recipes are made by the pitcher and intended to serve a small party, keeping you out of the bar so you can enjoy the good times with your friends and family

Whether you’re a tequila crowd, wine fans, or more into rum, there’s a big batch cocktail with your name on it. From fruity sangrias to mojitos, margaritas, and much more, these recipes offer an array of flavors to please any crowd.

Tasty Big Batch Cocktails

Stellar big-batch cocktails, summer punches and tasty cocktails that you can make ahead of time in large batches to entertain a crowd. From margaritas to sangrias, the recipes are easy to scale up.

These are the perfect summer cocktail recipes and Tailgate Cocktails to make ahead of time.

Big Batch Cocktail

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Fresh fruit juices, rum, and grenadine make this rum punch one of our favorite summer mixed drinks. Served in hurricane glasses with a cute umbrella, it just screams summer party.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups gold or dark rum
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons grenadine syrup

Garnishes

  • Citrus slices
  • Maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, mix the pineapple, orange and lime juices. Add the rum and set aside
  2. For each individual serving glass, pour in one Tablespoon of grenadine syrup. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Prepare your garnishes beforehand by skewering citrus slices and cherries on toothpicks or cocktail sticks.
  4. When ready to enjoy, pour the rum punch into each glass to allow for a sunset effect.
  5. Garnish and serve.

Bloody Mary Cocktail

This Bloody Mary recipe is the best recipe you will taste. No matter what season of the year it is, this easy cocktail recipe will be a keeper for you.

There is nothing like the peppery tomato juice paired with vodka and yummy garnishes. I like a cocktail that is also a snack. This is an easy and delicious classic Bloody Mary recipe just waiting to be garnished.

Here recipe for Bloody Mary

Green Irish Whiskey Sangria

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This green Irish whiskey sangria is refreshing and perfect for summer! It’s made with fresh green fruit, Irish whiskey, and white wine. Sweeten it to your liking and serve with BBQ food.

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple , cubed
  • 2 pears , sliced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 2 large limes, sliced
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup club soda


Instructions

  1. Slice and chop all of the fruit place in a pitcher with fresh lime juice
  2. Add the sugar to the whiskey and stir. Then pour over the fruit.
  3. Add in the wine and stir. Let it sit for 1 hour.
  4. Add in the club soda and stir before mixing.
  5. Enjoy!

Pitcher Margarita

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A classic margarita recipe is made with just 3 easy ingredients! 

FOR A PITCHER OF MARGARITAS (16 SERVINGS):

Ingredients

  • 3 cups silver tequila
  • 2 cups orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
  • ice
  • lime wedges and coarse salt for rimming the glasses


Instructions

  1. Salt the rim (optional). Run a lime wedge (the juicy part) around the top rim of your serving glass. Fill a shallow bowl or plate with salt, then dip the rim until it is covered with your desired amount of salt. Set aside.
  2. Make the margarita mix. Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Give the mix a taste and stir in a teaspoon or two of sweetener if desired.
  3. Serve. Fill the prepared serving glass with ice. Strain in the margarita mix, garnish with a lime slice, serve and enjoy. Cheers!

Sweet Tea Sangria

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A refreshing summertime drink! Sweet Iced Tea is a classic Southern refreshment to keep you cool in the heat, so it’s the perfect thing to mix with Sangria.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of tea
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-7 tea bags
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • fruit of your choice
  • Fresh mint for serving


Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, tea. Stir in the fruit.
  2. Store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, stir once more and pour over ice. Garnish with fruit and fresh mint.
  4. Enjoy

Big Batch Rum Punch

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Celebrate summer with the BEST Big Batch Rum Punch Recipe! The perfect drink for you that is not only easy, but looks amazing too!

Ingredients


Tropical rum punch

  • 64 ounces Mango Cranberry Juice
  • 1 cup Peach Schnapps
  • 1 cup Fresh Pineapple Chopped
  • 2 Oranges Sliced
  • 6 cups White Strawberry Cranberry Juice
  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 1 ½ cups Coconut Rum
  • 1 gallon cubed Ice (not crushed)

Garnish

  • ½ cup Pineapples Chopped
  • 3 Limes Sliced
  • 1 cup Strawberries Sliced

Instructions

  1. Place pineapples and oranges in a 1.5-2 gallon drink dispenser. Pour mango cranberry juice and peach schnapps over the fruit and gently stir.
  2. In a separate pitcher, mix the white cranberry juice, orange juice and coconut rum together.
  3. Chill both containers in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Before serving, fill the larger drink dispenser with ice. Pour the second layer from the smaller pitcher slowly and directly on top of the ice.
  5. Gently add some chopped pineapples and a few sliced strawberries in the center.
  6. Very gently, place sliced limes and the rest of the strawberries around the edges of the container with a large spoon or fork.

Piña Colada Sangria

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Easy 5 ingredient tropical piña colada sangria is a refreshing summer beverage! This boozy sangria punch makes enough to serve a crowd.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups pineapple juice from about 2 cans of chopped pineapple, drain to get just the juice
  • 1 ½ bottles white wine 750ml each, I used moscato
  • 1 cup coconut rum I used Malibu
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pineapple I used canned
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries with a little bit of juice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, white wine, coconut rum, chopped pineapple, and maraschino cherries.
  2. Stir to combine. If serving right away, add ice. Otherwise, refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Rum Punch

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Best caribbean rum punch recipe – easy and simple cocktail and is a crowd favorite and refreshing. NO blender needed1

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounce Lemon rum
  • 4 ounce Triple Sec
  • 6 ounce Grapefruit Juice
  • 3 ounce Coconut milk
  • 5 ounce Pineapple juice
  • 4 ounce Kombucha
  • 10 large juice cubes
  • Ice
  • Cherries and pineapple chunk for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Two hours before cocktails served, fill an ice cube trays with juice to be frozen (use pineapple & grapefruit).
  2. Fill a short tumbler glass with juice cubes.
  3. Add all ingredients except for kombucha to a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain cocktail mixture over the ice in glass.
  5. Top with kombucha and carefully stir mixture.
  6. Garnish with cherries and chunk of pineapple.

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