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8 Make-Ahead Batch Cocktail Recipes

Author:Terry Baldwin
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Planning a big party? We’re here to make the case for mass-producing cocktails in one big batch. You mix them up ahead of time and set out garnishes right before the event, so guests can help themselves while you mingle.

We’ve even found you some exceptional recipes that you can easily double (or triple). Serve the premade cocktails in pitchers, drink dispensers, or bowls. No punch bowl? No worries. Use any large, pretty bowl.

The bonus? Leftovers! Enjoy the remainder at your leisure or freeze to make slushies.


New Year’s Eve is all about the sparkles and bubbly, and this champagne punch recipe with its jewel-like fruit garnishes hits those points perfectly.


Serving up a taco buffet? Then your friends already love you, and they’ll love you even more when you offer margaritas for a crowd. The secret ingredients are frozen limeade and a little beer for strong ‘ritas that aren’t too sweet.


Got gin? Make a big batch of 50-50 martinis. Rebekah Peppler’s recipe in the New York Times calls for mixing equal parts gin and vermouth with a half-part of filtered water. Then let your friends make their martinis as dirty as they want.


How about a batch of spicy red wine sangria? This Serious Eats sangria punches up a classic recipe with fresh ginger.


Or, warm your friends’ hearts by brewing wine with spices and cider. Ina Garten’s mulled wine recipe is a cozy way to ring in the new year.


This wine-and-rum punch is pink and festive and party perfect. The surprising addition of red grapefruit juice gives it some zing.


Toast and feel toasty with traditional hot buttered rum. Try this recipe from Rachel Ray.

Milk Punch

It’s too late to make eggnog, but you have plenty of time to make its cousin, milk punch. This Southern Living recipe needs only an hour to chill and no raw eggs are involved.

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