It’s time to pull out the pitcher. Batch cocktails are back in a big way and in an array of punchy, sun-drenched hues.
Summer calls for entertaining and nothing feels breezier than pouring the same drink for everyone. We asked a trio of restaurants to stir up their favorite seasonal cocktail (and mark up a recipe for 4-6 cups). Add a straw and a cheeky napkin and the result is day drinking.
Invite your friends over to sip the day away.
Batch Cocktail Fundamentals
Pitcher: Simple or ornate, new or old, the composition should be clear glass to feature a drink’s juicy color
Glasses: Sets of glasses create uniformity to the eye and properly juxtapose a pitcher from a different era
Garnish: Dress cups with an ingredient or two to offer guests a visual cue of what their taste buds will soon savor
Straws: The tubular implement is the current must-have entertaining accessory. Offerings include paper prints, heirloom sterling and eco-friendly bamboo
Napkins: Cocktail napkins are having a fashion moment, influenced from the graphic tee trend, with kitschy quips and funny puns. Mix graphic napkins with bold prints
Coverage from Above and Below
Keep your event classy and safe with a few simple tips:
1- Travel tubes of sunscreen in a glass or jar make for a handy display to keep noses shielded from the sun.
2- Dilute Pine Sol 50/50 with water in a spray bottle and wipe down patio furniture prior to guests arriving. Not only will it repel mosquitos, but also flies.
3- Infused water is made even simpler by freezing lemon slices and water in a muffin pan. Hydration calls when sipping outside.
UP on the Roof: Pineapple Coconut Mai Tai
Rum is the new black in cocktail circles, and this pineapple mai tai, offered by UP on the Roof, updates the classic tiki drink with hydrating coconut water.
15 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
15 ounces of pure coconut water
1¼ ounces fresh lemon juice
1¼ ounces fresh lime juice
2 ounces of Orgeat syrup (Fee Brothers)
1 cup of Flor de Cana 4-year Rum
5 ounces Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum
¼ ounce of Angostura Bitters
Dash of nutmeg
Stir together in a pitcher. Serve over ice.
Willy Taco: Red Sangria
It’s not summer without sangria, and the team at Willy Taco gave us their House Recipe, notable for its (not-so) secret ingredient: fresh pineapple juice.
Red Sangria Mix:
1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
10 ounces of fresh pineapple juice (about 1/3 Bottle)
11/3 cup of simple syrup
¼ of a pineapple, peeled and sliced
1-2 oranges, sliced into rings
House Sangria Recipe:
6½ cups Red Sangria Mix
5 ounces of rum
¾ cup of club soda
Stir together in a pitcher. Pour over ice.
Jianna: The Countess
Aperol is the key to this Italian Riviera-inspired drink. Its orange hue and Prosecco topper is bright on the palate but packs a boozy punch.
3 ounces Botanist Gin
3 ounces Aperol
3 ounces of Lillet Blanc
Prosecco, to taste
Stir on ice and strain into a pitcher. Top with Prosecco.