Do you know what jam used to be before it was a tasty jarred spread? Fruit, people, fruit! The true genius of this large-batch cocktail from Country Living
lies in its reliance on humble jam to provide a sweet contrast to botanical-flavored gin. We love that one round of this recipe serves eight people and
you can prepare it ahead, up to four hours in advance—simply pour the club soda in before serving. If you don’t have blackberry jam on hand, sub in whatever’s available in your fridge instead; raspberry, strawberry, blueberry or mixed berry jams should all work just as well.
There’s so much to love about a Moscow Mule. The gingery, lime-tinged vodka drink goes down easy (sometimes a little too
easy), and it doesn’t take any specific bartending know-how to make it well. This punch recipe from Delish.com
is a winner because it’s essentially a scaled-up version of a regular Moscow Mule, with a bit of extra garnish. If you’re feeling fancy and want to impress company—this batch cocktail serves eight people—keep to tradition and pour it into traditional copper mugs. No mint sprigs on hand? Dress it up with cucumber rounds instead, or simply go harder on the lime slices. Everyone will be pleased regardless.
We get it: sometimes you just want to serve a drink that’ll impress your social media followers. However, plenty of insta-trendy beverages don’t taste so great (ahem, Dalgona coffee
) IRL. Not the case here! This decidedly American take on Spanish sangria is gloriously colorful and definitely delicious. It might take a little while to cut and assemble all the various fruits and berries, but this recipe from Delish.com
isn’t very complicated. Need to make the wine mixture in this sangria go further than the eight servings? Top it up with a clear soda like Sprite or 7-Up, or use seltzer to cut the sweetness. It gives the whole thing a nice little fizz, too.
Hot weather calls for iced tea, preferably southern-style sweet tea served in a sunny backyard. We’re totally feeling the adult version of this summertime staple, which combines the bracing taste of black tea with the richness of whiskey, the brightness of citru, and just the right amount of sugar to balance it all out. This eight-serving recipe from The Kitchn
calls for George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, but any good-quality whiskey can be substituted. No whiskey on hand? Make this batch cocktail with rye instead, which gives it a spicier base note to offset the sweetness of the tea.
You know you’ve got a winning recipe on your hands when the entirety of the directions say “combine all ingredients in a pitcher and serve over ice.” This big-batch cocktail, courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens
, is like a lighter, fruitier, bubbly riff on the Negroni. It has the Negroni’s requisite gin and vermouth, but it calls for Aperol (instead of Campari), along with grapefruit soda and extra lemon juice for a pucker-worthy finishing touch. An orange peel garnish for each glass makes for a lovely but unnecessary final touch—hey, when you can make a sophisticated pitcher of cocktails by just throwing everything together all at once, why complicate it?
Cocktails in candy form—genius! Make a whole bag (or two) of vodka-infused gummies for everyone to enjoy as a special treat after a small-group barbecue or quar-pod pool party. This recipe from Mix That Drink
needs to sit on the counter for nearly a full day before you dig in, but the flavor and alcohol content payoff is totally worth the overnight prep. While gummy bears and gummy worms are the gold standards, you can get creative by using gummies shaped like cherries, peaches, or even cola bottles for different flavors of this party-perfect treat.