Ditch Bartending Duty and Make a Big Batch of Cocktails With These 50 Pitcher Drink Recipes
Crafting a cocktail with a mix of rum, vodka, gin, or tequila is a great way to get the party started, but it's time-consuming. So skip the last-minute bartending stress and fill a pitcher full of freshly squeezed juices, yummy fruits, and booze beforehand. It's the ticket to a full night of fun without filling your cup up with last-minute nonsense. All you have to do is make a large batch, and you get a glass on demand. Hooray! Here are a few of our favorite recipes, just in time for that upcoming happy hour, park day, or whatever else you have planned for the weekend.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb and Anna Monette Roberts
Pink Vodka Watermelon Lemonade
This fizzy pink vodka watermelon lemonade has a thyme-infused honey in it that tastes so good, you'll slug it down in minutes.
Homemade Hard Seltzer
Seltzers are so popular, but have you tried to make your own at home? Now you can with this refreshing and easy homemade hard seltzer recipe that tastes better than a White Claw!
Blackberry Champagne Mule
Made with smashed fresh blackberries, mint, lime, vodka, ginger beer, and bubbly champagne, this blackberry champagne mule sounds like a treat.
Watermelon Rosé Paloma
This sweet and spicy watermelon rosé paloma will make your taste buds go wild. Have it for brunch, lunch, or happy hour — it's delicious no matter the time of day.
Blueberry Thyme Smash
This six-ingredient blueberry thyme smash takes just a few minutes to make, and will easily become your new go-to.
Blood Orange Margarita
If you like blood orange, don't skip out on this delicious blood orange margarita recipe. One sip, and it'll be your new go-to happy hour drink.
Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito
What makes this coconut lime mojito creamy, you ask? Coconut cream is the answer. Plus, it's topped off with ginger beer for a fizzy kick.
Orange Hibiscus Mai Tai Punch
How pretty is this orange hibiscus mai tai punch? Sip it in your backyard, and you may even feel like you're on a vacation.
Spicy Cucumber Margarita Pitcher
Sweet and spicy with a salted rim, you can't go wrong with this spicy cucumber margarita pitcher.
If you're a sangria-lover, just wait until you try this citrusy compari sangria. Made with seven ingredients, its refreshing taste will have you coming back for more.
There may be a long list of ingredients in a Singapore Sling, but do the dirty work ahead of time so you can enjoy the tropical, gin-based cocktail all night long.
Let 21+ family members fill up their glasses with a crushed berry-vodka mixture. To keep the ginger ale from going flat, keep it on the side for everyone to splash on top.
Fans of tequila, try a citrusy paloma cocktail, made with plenty of lime and grapefruit juices, instead of supersweet margaritas.
Hunks of watermelon, slices of peach, and ripe raspberries adorn this pink Rosé sangria.
Muddled mint, vanilla bean, bourbon, and strawberries make this cobbler cocktail an unforgettable one.
Lavender and Vodka Cocktail
Lavender simple syrup and a dash of Page's Parfait Amour, a crème de violette analogue, dress up a lemony vodka cocktail.
Redhead in Bed
Strawberries are the star ingredient in this refreshing libation. The festive color and large batch (it serves 10) makes it perfect for busy households.
The ingredients in a classic mojito are easy to come by: rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The result is absolutely sublime and can easily be added to a big pitcher!
This red sangria is easy to make in advance and calls for ingredients you likely already have on hand; it also accommodates anywhere from one to 100!
Classic Mai Tai
This classic mai tai recipe packs a tropical punch and can be easily adjusted to serve a group.
Not for the faint of heart, this margarita recipe has the addition of jalapeño, which adds a spicy kick to the classic tequila drink.
Ultrasimple (it only requires grapefruit juice, vodka, and salt!) and mouthwatering, a salty dog is a concoction that might quickly become your go-to drink. Add ginger simple syrup if you want to kick the flavor up a notch.
You'd be surprised at how sweet the fresh strawberries make this margarita recipe. It's a potent crowd-pleaser, sure to get the conversation flowing.
Easy White Sangria
Sangria isn't just for red wines! Just like its red counterpart, this recipe takes advantage of robust orange and apple flavors and capitalizes on fleshy summer fruits, like peaches and mangoes.
Strawberry Lemonade Party Punch
If you like strawberries, lemonade, and vodka, then you'll enjoy this strawberry lemonade party punch.
Pomegranate Vodka Punch
If you love the tart taste of pomegranate, then try out this pomegranate vodka punch recipe.
Grapefruit Beer Sangria
The tasty oranges and strawberries in this sangria drink mix so well with its grapefruit beer.
Cucumber Melon Ginger Punch
You'll feel as refreshed as can be after a sip of this summery cucumber melon ginger punch cocktail.
Make your pitcher drink healthy(ish) by incorporating a few bottles of kombucha tea into it. Not only is the fermented tea packed with probiotics, but it contains trace amounts of alcohol, making it perfect for a mixing!
A little rum, sugar, lime, club soda, and mint is all you need to create this yummy mojito pitcher.
Orange Cranberry Sangria
Ideal for the holidays, the cinnamon in this orange cranberry sangria is what makes it taste so good.
Strawberry Peach Sweet Tea
We guarantee this cocktail, packed with bourbon, tea, lemon, mint, and peach, won't disappoint.
This five-ingredient pineapple punch can be made in minutes, and after a sip of its tasty recipe, you may want to make a backup batch.
Peach Honey Sangria
If you prefer white wine, then this peach honey sangria may be the pitcher drink for you.
Whether the event is Halloween, Thanksgiving, fall, or simply because you enjoy the taste of pumpkin, this pumpkin punch recipe is delicious on any occasion.
The September sangria gets its name from its use of fruit. It only uses late-summer and early-fall fruits. You'll love the concoction of blackberries, grapes, and apples that go into this rosé-based drink.
Strawberry Basil Honey Punch
Tequila-lovers! We think this strawberry basil honey punch will tickle your fancy, it's made with tequila silver.
Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade
At last, the fruit of the summer gets a drink of its own! There's nothing more thirst-quenching than watermelon on a hot day, and with this boozy lemonade recipe, you get an invigorating melony cocktail to sip on.
Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz
Sweet cherries are always a nice treat, and now you can sip on them all afternoon with this delicious hibiscus cherry vodka spritz.
Cool yourself down this summer with a glass of boozy frosé. All you need is a bottle of rosé, lemon, watermelon syrups and juices, and you're good to go!
This Champagne punch recipe can be enjoyed any time of the year, including New Year's Eve for the ball drop!
This recipe contains everything there is to make a strawberry margarita, just add wine for a sangria upgrade!
Strawberry Vanilla Sangria
It's not often you see cocktails made with vanilla, but when you do, you take advantage. The strawberry vanilla sangria contains vanilla beans and sugar for a flavorful twist.
Summer Night Cocktail
This summer night cocktail recipe is extremely easy, and if you quadruple the ingredients, it's perfect for a pitcher.
Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
Ideal for a holiday party, the Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail can be loved by all, and its festive pomegranate garnishes give it a pretty presentation.
Bloody Mary Recipe
Create a Bloody Mary recipe of your own and serve it at brunch. The ingredients are simple, and to make a pitcher, simply multiply each ingredient by four.