7 Big Batch Cocktail Recipes for a Crowd

Because you need 1.5 gallons (or more) of fun at your next party

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Get ready to pin these cocktail recipes for your next party when you might need to mix up some cocktails in bulk. Get a neat container, put glassware and an ice bucket nearby, and save time by allowing guests to serve themselves. Easy peasy.

And, these are WAY better than your average punch recipes.

5 Large Batch Cocktail Recipes from barleymash

Let’s start with barleymash, San Diego’s high-energy bar and restaurant, who has graciously provided the first section of large batch cocktail recipes. These fabulous cocktails for a crowd are served in barleymash’s signature cocktail jug called The Mason Jar which is 1.5 gallons of fun (and thanks to Amazon, you can have your own 1.5 gallon mason jar drinks dispenser… see below).

Basically, all you need to do to recreate these big batch cocktail recipes from barleymash is to toss all ingredients into a large beverage dispenser that is at least 1.5 gallons or more in size and have at it. Also, some of these recipes feature St. Germain. St. Germain makes their own carafe with lined measurements which can be helpful when mixing the recipes above. Not familiar with St. Germain? It’s a delicious, French elderberry flower liqueur.
Holiday cocktail recipes

Wyatt Earp (a Large Batch Manhattan)

750 ml Old Overholt Rye Whiskey
10 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
3 oz Dolin dry vermouth
Garnish: Luxardo Cherries

Kate Sessions (Gin/Strawberry)

750 ml Hendrick’s Gin
8 oz St. Germain
8 oz lemon juice
20 oz strawberry batch (puree) = 2nd line on St. Germain carafe
Garnish: Strawberry slices

Silver Strand (St. Germain and Rum)

1 liter Bacardi Silver Rum
11 oz lemon juice
40 dashes Angostura bitters
20 oz raspberry batch (puree) = 2nd line on St. Germain carafe
44 oz ginger beer = 1 full carafe
Garnish: Raspberries

Clydesdale (a Large Batch Vodka Mule/Whiskey Mule)

1 liter Skyy Vodka/Jim Beam
11 oz lime juice
40 dashes of Angostura bitters
40 oz ginger beer = 1 full St. Germain carafe
Garnish: Lime Wheels

Masonrita (Margaritas for a Crowd)

750 ml Espolon Reposado
11 oz Agave Nectar
11 oz lime juice
Garnish: Lime Wheels



The Lusca – An Enormous Rum, Guava-Mango Kombucha Cocktail Courtesy of Miss B’s Coconut Club

BEWARE! The Lusca is a mythological monster that has been terrifying the seas for over 200 years, and now this creepy creature has come to haunt Miss B’s Coconut Club.

Large batch cocktail recipes: kombucha and rum Lusca cocktail from Miss B's in San Diego.Transformed into a cocktail, The Lusca is made with Miss B’s house blend rum, guava-mango kombucha, Nocello (a walnut- and hazelnut-flavored liqueur from Italy), citrus, and honey poured into an octopus goblet smoking with dry ice.

At $100 a drink, this cocktail serves 5-10 people so friends can battle the mighty sea monster together. You can attempt this at home (be safe, my friends) with this recipe.

4 cups  guava-mango kombucha (You can buy Bucha brand makes a guava-mango kombucha)
2 cups Stiegl Radler grapefruit beer
3 oz Plantation pineapple rum
3 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. rum
3 oz dark rum
1.5 oz Nocello
1.5 oz pineapple juice
1.5 oz papaya puree
1.5 oz honey
8 to 10 dashes of walnut bitters (can be bought on Amazon)
pineapple top and kelp for garnish

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a punch bowl with ice and stir to mix.
  • Garnish with pineapple top and kelp.
  • Ladle into individual cups, or add long straws and sip en masse.

El Holy Grail – Margaritas for a Crowd Courtesy of Brian’s 24

A large batch margarita recipe from Brian's 24, a Gaslamp San Diego restaurant.

This recipe is courtesy of Brian’s 24, a favorite full-service 24-hour Gaslamp San Diego restaurant. In addition to giant margaritas, you’d go for breakfast served round-the-clock and other over-sized portions of comfort food.

6 oz Hornitos Reposado Tequila
3 oz triple sec
4 oz pineapple juice
3 oz lemon juice
3 oz lime juice
2 oz Grand Marnier
Sierra Mist

Directions:

  1. Fill Fishbowl glass over the top with ice.
  2. Measure and pour Tequila, Triple Sec and juices over ice.
  3. Top with Sierra Mist and float Grand Marnier on top.

Do you have a large batch cocktail recipe for a crowd? Please share!

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5 Comments

  1. June 18, 2017 at 9:55 am — Reply

    Nice! What an inspiring post for summer entertaining! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Katie
    June 6, 2017 at 5:10 am — Reply

    Hi!
    Love the recipes! When you say puree what is your process? Do you puree then strain or is straining not necessary? Thanks!

  3. April 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    My favorite part of this article is that below it, there were recommended Amazon products, including a “Hammered beverage dispenser.” With 3 gallons of cocktails, the beverage dispenser isn’t the only thing that’ll be hammered.

  4. August 8, 2015 at 8:19 am — Reply

    I love elderflower liquor! I saw the bottle of St. Germain, but the $30 price tag seemed a bit steep so I bought the next level down (St. Elder-$15) and I’ m officially a convert. A half shot of it makes drinks amazing. I can definitely see myself still mainly drinking St. Elder, but keeping a bottle of St. Germain tucked away for special occasions. It really is heaven.

    -Jocellyn

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