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7 Best Pitcher Cocktails to Serve to a Crowd

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Rather than let bartending duty take up all your time at your next party, make one of these large-batch cocktails in advance. Each can be served in a pitcher for easy pouring and self-serving, so you have plenty of time to socialize with your guests and actually enjoy your own party.

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This tangy classic is made with the zesty South American spirit pisco and utilizes everyone’s favorite tropical fruit: pineapple. Pineapple gomme syrup—which is just pineapple simple syrup enriched with gum arabic—is mixed with pisco, fresh lemon juice and water. Serve it in a pitcher with pineapple wedges on the side for garnish (and a snack).

The Essentials

Pisco
lemon juice
pineapple gomme syrup
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You can’t have a proper summer without indulging in juicy watermelon, and this cocktail from Charity Johnston of ROKU in Los Angeles is one of the best ways to enjoy the hydrating fruit. Coconut- and clementine-flavored vodkas combine with watermelon, passion fruit, guava purée and fresh pineapple juice. It’s fruity, refreshing and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

The Essentials

Vodka
watermelon purée
Passion fruit
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Our recipe for creamy, decadent Horchata was inspired by the classic Mexican preparation, which is made with toasted white and brown rice, cinnamon, and agave. It’s the easiest Horchata recipe possible; all you have to do is blend everything together. And there’s no dairy to worry about spoiling in the hot sun. Spike it with tequila for the adults or keep it booze-less for the kids, and you’ll have a tasty Labor Day treat that everyone can enjoy.

The Essentials

white rice
Cinnamon Sticks
agave nectar
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Popsicle cocktail garnishes were one of the biggest trends of the season, so you need to capture the Valencia Squeeze on your Instagram before the summer is over. The eye-catching, neon green cocktail from Monnalisa Bar in Houston is made with white rum, pineapple juice, lime juice and Midori melon liqueur, and it’s served in a pitcher alongside cucumber-mint popsicles. Keep the pops on ice so guests can plop them into their own glasses.

The Essentials

white rum
pineapple juice
lime juice
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For many, the end of summer means the beginning of football season, and that’s cause to celebrate with a game-day-inspired pitcher cocktail. This Halftime Punch proves that whiskey can be a cooling, warm-weather spirit, especially when combined with lemonade, lemon oleo-saccharum and jammy red wine.

The Essentials

Whiskey
lemonade
Red Wine
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Perhaps Labor Day actually signals back-to-school for you, or maybe you just get that nostalgic end of summer feeling when the long weekend rolls around. Either way, throw it back to your college days with this Long Island Iced Tea Punch, an even more festive way to drink the legendary five-spirit cocktail.

The Essentials

All Clear Spirits
Lemon Juice
Coca-Cola
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Labor Day is really about celebrating the ol’ red, white and blue, so whip up this patriotic Star Spangled Sangria to show off your love for America. White wine, pineapple rum and Chambord berry liqueur make up the boozy base, while raspberries, blackberries and pineapples dot the pitcher as garnishes. Cut up the pineapple slices into stars for maximum ‘Merica points.

The Essentials

pinot grigio
Chambord
Pineapple Rum
Marisa Chafetz
If you drink only one drink this summer, it should be a Mojito. The refreshing, minty Cuban cocktail is the best thing to cool you down on a hot day. Or maybe second best, because the only thing better than Mojito is a whole pitcher of them. And mixing them eight at a time like this is much less time consuming. Get all the muddling for your party out of the way at once, sit back and have a good time.

The Essentials

white rum
club soda, to top
fresh mint leaves, plus more to garnish
Marisa Chafetz
Set up your own bottomless brunch with a pitcher of Mimosas. No need for a bunch of squeezing, juicing, muddling or any work at all, really—this is a pop and pour drink. You can even use store bought OJ if you want, as long as you pick the right one.

The Essentials

Orange Juice
Champagne or Sparkling Wine, chilled
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The classic Margarita multiplied. This pitcher is perfect for a pool party, a Cinco de Mayo celebration or just a Saturday. Make sure to use agave and lime and none of that sweet and sour nonsense for the most authentic batch of Margs.

The Essentials

Tequila
Fresh Lime Juice
Agave Syrup
Marisa Chafetz
This is an upscale riff on a Midwest college tradition that involves drinking from a bucket with a turkey baster. But don’t worry, this bubbly, fresh-tasting punch doesn’t utilize either of those. Just make sure you have plenty of basil on hand for garnish so your drink is beautiful as well as delicious.

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
San Pellegrino Limonata
Prosecco

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