Ah, the beauty of batch mixing. Whether you're having friends over for the World Cup, or you're planning to spend Sunday camped out on a patio, having a pitcher of cocktails at your disposal means maximizing the time you spend off your feet.
While you can batch almost any drink you desire, strong, classic cocktails like martinis are best when freshly made to order. Start out sticking to recipes that can last all day (or, in the case of fruit drinks like sangria, get even better as the ingredients soak). When creating larger quantities of cocktails, make sure to mind your measurements, and keep the ice in the glasses, not in the pitcher.
1 Bottle Chenin Blanc
1 Medium orange, thinly sliced
1 Peach or 2 nectarines, pitted and diced
1 Mango, peeled, seeded and diced
2 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 cup Strawberries, sliced
Combine the wine and fruit in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic -– no metal) and blend well. Put the sangria in the fridge and let it sit overnight. Taste the sangria just before serving and add sugar to the desired sweetness.
The Ultimate Caipirinha
8 oz Cabana Cachaca
4 oz Simple Syrup
5 Limes, quartered
Muddle the quartered limes in the bottom of a pitcher. Add all other ingredients and plenty of ice. Stir vigorously.
1 part Jack Daniel's
1 part Triple sec
1 part Sour mix
4 parts Lemon-lime soda
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir. Garnish with lemon or lime slices.