5 cocktail pitcher recipes for all your summer parties, picnics and barbecues
Spend less time mixing drinks, more time drinking them (and socialising, that too…)
If you looked outside right now, you might think we’re a bit crazy to suggest some delicious cocktail pitchers that will be perfect for outdoor dining.
But if your plans get a little derailed by the weather, these pitchers will still go a long way to help securing you the title of host(ess) with the most(ess)!
We love making drinks when friends come round, but we also haven’t really seen anyone in a year, so preferably we’d rather not spend the entire day/evening slaving away over a hot… cocktail shaker?!
As it's National Picnic Week (an incredibly important week in the calendar!), we thought we'd share 5 great cocktail pitcher recipes that are quick to make, easy to drink – and really delicious.
Clockwork Orange Insane pitcher
100ml Conker gin
300ml fresh orange juice
30ml sugar syrup
Slices of orange and lemons
350ml Cava/Prosecco to finish
Add ice to a large jug (at least 1 litre). Pour in the gin and Cointreau, stirring gently. Add the orange juice, orange and lemon slices and the sugar syrup. Stir again to combine and top up with the fizz. Serve in a small wine glass or a Nick & Nora glass with one large ice cube.
Slushy Strawberry and Peach Mojito
1 litre Nexba Strawberry and Peach Kombucha
200ml white rum
4 ripe yellow peaches
A punnet of strawberries
Juice of 3 limes
Mint leaves, for garnish
You might need to do this one in batches, unless you have a really big blender! Combine all your ingredients (except the ice and mint leaves) in a high-power blender. Blend until slushy-like texture is reached. Divide ice cubes between two glasses and then pour over the slushy cocktail. Garnish with strawberries and mint.
Summer Rummer pitcher
100ml Goslings Black Seal rum
300g frozen summer fruits
4 Jazz apples (juiced)/100ml apple juice
350ml Prosecco to top
Take the frozen summer fruits straight from the freezer and blend with apple juice until you have a smoothie-like consistency. Add ice to large jug and pour the smoothie mixture on top. Pour in your rum and stir well. Top with Prosecco. Serve with one large ice cube in a single rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig.
1 lime, thinly sliced into rounds
1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
1 peach/nectarine, thinly sliced
Handful of sliced strawberries
Handful of fresh mint
750ml (bottle) of Freixenet Sauvignon Blanc
Add your lime, lemon and sugar to a large pitcher. Muddle or gently crush with a wooden spoon for 45 seconds. Add brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds. Add nectarine and strawberries and stir to incorporate. Add the wine and stir again. Taste and adjust flavour as needed, adding more sugar for sweetness, lemon/lime for acidity, or fruit. Stir to combine. When you're ready to serve, add ice, stir again. Serve with mint.
Strawberry Gin Smash
250ml Hernö Pink BTL Gin
375ml soda water
1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
Handful of fresh strawberries
Juice of a lime
Fresh basil for garnish
Cut the lime into small pieces, add the sugar, place in a cocktail shaker and muddle well to help release those oils from the peel and incorporate the sugar to the juice. Strain into the jug and then add half the punnet of strawberries before smashing everything together. Next add ice, the Hernö gin, the rest of the strawberries which have been sliced and some basil leaves. Gently stir the ingredients together before topping up with the soda water. Serve in highball glasses with strawberries and basil to garnish.