Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails (and mocktails!)

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 (and mocktails) ready and waiting…

pretty pink lemonade in pitcher

 

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

Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz

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

Green Irish Whiskey Sangria

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

classic pitcher margaritas

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

strawberry rhubarb pitchers

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

ginger cantaloupe sangria

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

Maple lemonade

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    Elisa
    July 8, 2019 at 11:16 am

    These look great and I can’t wait to try them!

    I’d like to know about your pitchers! I’m struggling with finding ones that are air tight, don’t absorb flavors, and are short enough to fit in my fridge.

    What is your favorite one? Where do you like to shop for them?

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