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10 Best Summer Pitcher Cocktails to Make for Your Next BBQ

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Summer is the perfect time to get together with friends and family for a BBQ. And what’s a BBQ without drinks? This blog post will provide you with 10 recipes for delicious summer pitcher cocktails that will be sure to please everyone! So gather your ingredients and get ready to party!

Apposta Cocktail

Stop looking for gin-based big batch cocktails right now because this Italian drink recipe is the answer. This one has it all: gin, Aperol (a refreshing bitter-orange aperitif), vermouth, and citrus fruits, as well as an unmistakable Italian flavor. You can make it for the full serves 12 shown below or just cut down to a smaller number by dividing accordingly.

Ingredients

  • 1 750 milliliter bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • Agave nectar or sugar (optional)
  • Orange slices, halved (optional)
  • Lime slices, halved (optional)
  • Fresh strawberries (optional)
  • Fresh mango wedges (optional)
  • 1 12 ounce can lemon-lime flavor carbonated beverage
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

Step 1

  • In a large glass or plastic pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, and brandy. Agave nectar or sugar may be added to taste if preferred. Add orange slices, lime slices, strawberries, and/or mango wedges as desired. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Step 2

  • Garnish with mint, if desired, just before serving. Before serving, add the beverage; gently stir. Serve over ice, if desired.

Grilled Peach Frappé

Pick up some peaches when the heat rises and you’re looking for unique big-batch summer drinks. Grill the fruit before blending it with fresh lemon, sugar, and a sip of Southern Comfort to make one of the coolest (and most inventive) pitcher cocktails yet.

Ingredients

  • 2 fresh peaches, halved
  • 3 ounces Southern Comfort
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • Peaches

Directions:

Step 1

  • Grill peaches on a rack over medium coals for 8 to 10 minutes, or until soft and golden brown. At the halfway point, turn peaches one-quarter turn to create crosshatch marks. (On a gas grill: Warm up grill then reduce the heat to medium.)
  • Place the peach halves, flesh-side up, on a baking sheet. Grill over medium heat until they are slightly soft and blackened in places (about 30 minutes). Remove from the grill; cool. Using a peeler if necessary, slip off the peach skin.

Step 2

  • In a blender, combine the peaches and remaining ingredients except ice. Blend on high for 20 seconds, then add the ice and blend until smooth. Serve in chilled glasses immediately. A slice or two of fresh peach should be placed on top of each cocktail. It makes four cocktails.

Orange-Ginger Pomegranate Punch

Here’s a festive drink to make at home that incorporates some of the season’s fall and winter delicacies. To match with the tart antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, we add orange liqueur, Prosecco, and fresh ginger. With rosemary sprigs for an herbal touch, this is a great summer drink too.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 thin slices peeled ginger
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Prosecco
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Orange slices

Directions:

Step 1

  • In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, ginger, and 2 rosemary sprigs to a boil. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and let rest for 30 minutes before straining.

Step 2

  • In a punch bowl, combine the syrup, pomegranate juice, and orange liqueur. Add Prosecco to a large glass filled halfway with ice cubes. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and orange slices.

Cucumber Sangria

How can you make one of the world’s most refreshing pitcher beverages? The most thirst-quenching summer pitcher cocktails ever are made from honeydew melon, cucumber, mint, lime, and Sauvignon Blanc (the crispest of crisp wines).

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Sauvignon blanc or other semi-dry white wine, chilled
  • 1 1 liter bottle carbonated water, chilled
  • Fresh mint sprigs and/or leaves (optional)

Directions

Step 1

  • Remove the rind and seeds from the melon, then cut it in half. Remove and discard the melon’s seeds and rind. Slices of melon should be thin. In a large pitcher combine the melon, cucumber, lime slices, and 12 mint leaves. In a small mixing dish, combine lime juice and honey until combined; pour over the melon mixture. Stir in wine gently. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Step 2

  • Pour over ice into tall glasses. To serve, add the carbonated water. Pour or scoop into glasses. Garnish with extra mint if desired.

Rosé-Cucumber Cooler

Elderflower liqueur, which has a light citrusy taste and a little floral quality, is nicknamed bartender’s bacon because it improves many drinks much like bacon does with many recipes. It comes as no surprise that the liqueur complements pitcher beverages well. A knockout drink is made with rosé wine, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 750 milliliter bottle rosé wine
  • 1 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • Thin lemon slices
  • English cucumber slices
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

Step 1

  • Blend the wine and St. Germain with lemon juice, lemons, and cucumber slices in a pitcher. Serve over ice.

Sparkling Golden Sangria

When orange and mint join forces, you know you’ve found a winning summer cocktail combination. The pair adds extra brightness to this sparkling drink that may be prepared up to 24 hours ahead of time, allowing the tastes to mingle.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white grape juice, chilled
  • ½ cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • ¼ cup superfine or granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 medium nectarine, pitted and chopped
  • 1 navel orange, quartered and thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen sweet cherries, pitted and halved, or canned mandarin orange sections, drained
  • ¾ cup fresh golden or red raspberries
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle sparkling white wine, chilled
  • Ice

Directions:

Step 1

  • In a large pitcher or glass jar combine grape juice, orange liqueur, sugar, and honey, stirring until sugar and honey dissolve. Stir in nectarine, orange, cherries, raspberries, basil, and mint. Chill mixture for 1 hour or up to 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

  • Just before serving, add sparkling wine to fruit mixture. Serve in glasses over ice.

Strawberry Sangria

Summer drink recipes are best when they utilize your trip to the farmers market. Bring home a few pints and put them in this bright cocktail when strawberries are at their sweetest. PS: This recipe is ideal for day-drinking since it does not include a brandy (the high-proof component in many sangria pitcher drinks).

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups sparkling water, chilled
  • 1 orange, sliced

Directions:

Step 1

  • In a large saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, and water and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar before removing from the heat. Cover and chill until chilled completely.

Step 2

  • Add the reserved strawberries to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth, adding additional water if necessary. Pour into chilled glasses, alternating with 6 ounces sparkling wine from Chablis (Chablis works best). Stir in a half-inch layer of ice cream on top.

Step 3

  • Remove the cinnamon stick and slice it into matchsticks. In a large container, combine all of the ingredients together. Season with salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours before serving. Stir in enough sparkling water before serving. Serve in glasses garnished with orange slices.

Bourbon-Strawberry Smash

The combination of bourbon with fruit isn’t new (consider the cherries and oranges in a classic old-fashioned). Strawberries and lemon have been added to this cocktail pitcher recipe, which has been refreshed. Muddled mint provides an icy finish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and cut up
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • Juice of 3 lemons (9 tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 18 ounce (2 1/4 cups)s bourbon, such as Bulleit
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled
  • Crushed ice

Directions:

Step 1

  • In a 2-quart glass pitcher, mix strawberries, syrup, lemon juice, and mint leaves using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Fill the pitcher with bourbon and club soda. Add more mint sprigs to each cocktail.

Watermelon-Mint Coolers

When preparing alcoholic beverages for parties, keep in mind that you must include at least one nonalcoholic option for those who do not want to drink. Watermelon, mint leaves, lime, and ginger ale make this alternative far more fascinating than the conventional club soda with lime.

Ingredient Checklist

  • 3 ¼ pounds seedless watermelon, chopped (5 cups)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¾ teaspoon aromatic bitters
  • 4 – 5 cup ginger ale, chilled
  • Mint sprigs

Directions

Step 1

  • Fill the blender halfway with watermelon. Puree until smooth in a blender container. Mince mint leaves with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl, then add the rest of the sugar and water. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. Transfer mint leaves to the blender, leaving the sugar in the basin. Blend until finely chopped.

Step 2

  • In a measuring cup, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Microwave until the sugar dissolves into a syrup, about 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.

Step 3

  • Serve scoops of watermelon juice in chilled glassware. Stir in the syrup, lime juice, and bitters. Place watermelon mixtures in ice-filled glasses; top with ginger ale. Add mint leaves to each serving just before serving if desired.

Coconut Cream Island Punch

We adore rum drinks like mojitos and mai tais. However, we enjoy rum cocktails that use unique taste combinations, such as this one, which includes star fruit. A pleasant balance of sweet and tart is provided by combining the rum with grapefruit soda and coconut sorbet.

Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 large fresh carambola (star fruit), thinly sliced* (1 pound)
  • 6 cups grapefruit soda
  • 1 ⅓ cups spiced rum
  • 1 cup coconut sorbet or gelato
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries (optional)

Directions:

Step 1

  • Set a large pitcher of water next to the fruit cocktail. Combine the lemonade, rum, and ice cream in a smaller container. Stir until the sorbet is almost melted. Fill the pitcher with punch. Any extra punch may be used to refill the pitcher while serving. Cover and chill for 30 minutes before serving with blueberries on top.
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