With winter party season threatening to envelope us like so many ugly Christmas sweaters, we should all be ready to whip up drinks for a crowd and to whip them up quickly. The last thing you want is a bunch of people waiting around for you to shake, strain and garnish every drink. This is where big batch drinks come in. Here, seven punches and large format drink recipes that will make a whole party’s worth of cocktails in less time than it takes your friends to reply “maybe” on your Facebook invite.
7 Big Batch Drinks You Can Make in Under 5 Minutes
Floral sorrel juice is one of the Caribbean’s best contributions to holiday season drinking, and it also lends this potent punch its vibrant ruby color.
We know; we know. You swore off this stuff after senior week, but our version of the potent, fruity and easy-drinking concoction is a crowd pleaser, especially if you’re in a hurry.
Whatever you do, don’t call this mix of vodka and sparkling rosé a punch. Its creator, Raul Abrantes of The Stinger in New York, says it’s more like “a giant cocktail”—a giant, sweet cocktail thanks to additions of honey and fruity crème de pêche.
Crème de Pèche
This simple mix of juice and rum comes together as quickly as you can pour the bottles into a punch bowl. Just make sure to use cranberry juice that’s the real deal—not cranberry cocktail—to ensure that the balance of sweet and tart comes out just right.
What’s better than a single Long Island Iced Tea? Enough of them for an entire basketball team. Our super-sized version of the super-strong cocktail could not be easier to make. Just pour, stir, drink.
All Clear Spirits
This sherry punch has a little something for everyone—dry Oloroso, sweet Pedro Ximénez, fruity Brandy de Jerez. And best of all, because it uses full bottle proportions, it doesn’t require any measuring.
If you or any of the 15 friends you have coming over are Negroni fans, then this is the punch for you. Based on a White Negroni, this big batch drink packs in two full bottles of gin, along with dry vermouth and bitter, earthy Salers Aperitif, so don’t let those 15 friends of yours go too crazy.
London dry gin