Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails

Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

Pitcher Cocktails are a host’s best friend. Make-ahead friendly, these delicious drinks won’t keep you tied to the bar cart for the whole party!  From sangria and spritzes to juleps, margaritas, and more, I’ve got summer’s best pitcher cocktails ready and waiting…

summer's best pitcher cocktails

 

VODKA pitcher cocktails

Vodka is the most versatile liquor in the bar.  Because it has such a clean, neutral flavor, vodka is the perfect base for all sorts of pitcher cocktails.  Use vodka when you really want the natural flavors of your drink to shine through,  especially light fruity flavors.

HIBISCUS CHERRY VODKA SPRITZ ~ Half Baked Harvest

 


 

RUM pitcher cocktails

Rum is one of my favorites, perfect when you want a summery, island vibe for your pitcher cocktail.  From crisp mojitos to exotic tikis, there’s a rum drink for every mood.

INVERNESS COCKTAIL PITCHERS ~ Honestly Yum

Pitcher Cocktails ~ Inverness cocktail

 


 

WHISKEY pitcher cocktails

Whiskey might not sound like your summertime alcohol of choice, but it makes a great and unexpected addition to a fruity sangria, and forms the base for the classic mint julep!

GREEN IRISH WHISKEY SANGRIA ~ Sugar & Charm

 


 

TEQUILA pitcher cocktails

A pitcher of margaritas is about as classic as it gets, so be sure you’ve got an ample supply of tequila on hand before your next gathering.   Tequila works great with summer fruit like melons, mangoes, guava, and berries, as well as citrus of all kinds.

CLASSIC PITCHER MARGARITAS ~ College Housewife

 


 

GIN pitcher cocktails

Gin’s assertive juniper flavor likes to shine, so keep the flavors light…citrus, cucumber, tonic, etc.

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PITCHERS ~ The Inspired Home

 


 

WINE pitcher cocktails

Wine is the the perfect canvas for a cooling summer drink.  Just about any fruit you can think of makes a delicious, cooling sangria, and the great thing is you can use an inexpensive red, white, or rosé  (traditional is red.)  As a rule the whites do well with citrus, and the rosés and reds are wonderful with berries and stone fruits ~ but mix and match!.

GINGER CANTALOUPE SANGRIA ~ Kitchen Confidante

 


 

pitcher MOCKTAILS

For the non-drinkers and under-agers in your group there are tons of delicious and stunning options from exotic lemonades and iced teas to creative pitcher mocktails.

MAPLE LEMONADE WITH PEACHES AND THYME ~ Wallflower Kitchen

 


 

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    Laurelei
    July 16, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Hi Sue! I love pitcher cocktails for summer dinner parties! One of our much-requested favorites is the cucumber gimlet: a cucumber, basil, and lime cocktail that tastes like Fresh itself and is THE cure for summer heat. We first tasted it at Brio’s, where we begged the bartender for the recipe. I’m sharing a link to a virtually identical recipe…note that this is two portions, we use simple syrup instead of sugar, and we’ve been known to substitute part or all of the lime juice with key lime. Warning, this is one deceptively easy-to-gulp drink. https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/cucumber-basil-vodka-gimlet/

    And now I’m wondering if I might have said the same thing last summer. :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      That really does sound refreshing, and you make a great point that I meant to mention under the Vodka section…some of these summery drinks taste so fruity and delicious it’s easy to over do without realizing it.

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    Karen
    July 15, 2018 at 11:59 am

    What is the pitcher drink at the beginning, it is pink with looks like lemons and blueberries in it? I could not find the recipe.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      That’s a blueberry lemonade, (under mocktails) with just a touch of the blueberry puree.

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        Sue
        July 15, 2018 at 2:21 pm

        …add vodka to spike it.

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    Lynn A
    July 15, 2018 at 10:53 am

    These look so refreshing! Have you ever tried ‘boozy slushies’? They’re another great summer treat! I have a recipe that uses green tea, limeade and vodka that’s my go-to for summer gatherings. Okay, I’ll be honest, sometimes “the gathering” is only me!! LOL Thanks for some great idea!

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      Sue
      July 15, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Oh Lynn, now you’ve gone and started me thinking…I might have to do a boozy slushie round up soon, after some serious taste testing, of course.

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        Lynn A
        July 15, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        Oh, yes! Cuz you certainly can’t serve anything you’re not 100% sure is delicious, right?!! Bottoms up!! :)

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    July 15, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Lovely cocktails to choose from! Thanks for a wonderful selection Sue! Have a great day!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    July 15, 2018 at 5:31 am

    What a fun post! This makes me want to have a party and serve wonderful, refreshing pitchers of fun!

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