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6 Big Batch Cocktails That Cost Less Than $25 to Make

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Throwing a party can be expensive, especially if you’re providing all the drinks and snacks for a large group of people. But if you want to entertain on a budget, it’s possible to ensure everyone’s glass is filled without emptying your wallet. These six big batch cocktails cost only $25—or less—to make, so you can splurge on a new outfit for your bash instead.

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All it takes is one bottle of white rum and a few different fruit juices to make this sweet and tangy crowd-pleasing punch. It’s also a great excuse to use that can of frozen lemonade that’s been sitting in your freezer for years.

The Essentials

white rum
lemonade
cranberry juice
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It’s easy to find a bottle of calvados for less than $20 (we like Christian Drouin Pommeaux de Normandie), and sparkling cider won’t cost more than your morning latte. Whip up a honey syrup at home, and this delightful fall punch is complete.

The Essentials

Calvados
Honey Syrup
Sparkling Apple Cider
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If you’re looking for a way to use that half-empty bottle of red wine that’s been sitting on your countertop for a week, this party-sized version of the New York Sour will prevent it from going to waste. Buy a bottle of good rye (like $17 Old Overholt), frozen lemonade and lemons, and this punch practically makes itself.

The Essentials

Whiskey
lemonade
Red Wine
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Although this punch is the perfect thing to sip while watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, your guests will be happy to enjoy a glassful any time of year. The recipe only calls for three ounces of vodka, so you won’t drain your entire stash to make it. Substitute Champagne for a dry prosecco or cava to make it even more affordable.

The Essentials

Vodka
Champagne
Candied Orange Slices
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Sangria is always a crowd-pleaser, and it’s an especially affordable drink to concoct if you have a bottle of brandy lying around. But if you need to buy all of the booze to whip up a fresh batch, your local wine store clerk can suggest a bottle of cheap (less than $10), quality wine so you don’t go over budget.

The Essentials

Red Wine
brandy
Orange
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You can find decent bottles of both vodka and peach schnapps on the cheap, so batching this cocktail to serve 10 people won’t break the bank. Make 12 to 15 cups of iced tea and, if needed, add more gradually to taste.

The Essentials

Vodka
Peach Schnapps
Lipton’s Iced Tea, to top

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