Get ready to pin these cocktail recipes for your next party when you 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. Recipes are courtesy of some awesome San Diego restaurants.

Entertain a party with these recipes for big batches of cocktails courtesy of San Diego restaurants.

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 (you can buy your own 1.5-gallon mason jar drinks dispenser… see below).

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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. They use one that is 1.5 liters in size, filled with one of the recipes below.

Also, some of these recipes feature St. Germain. It’s a delicious French elderberry flower liqueur.

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 the 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


  • 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 former favorite full-service 24-hour Gaslamp San Diego restaurant that has sadly closed. In addition to giant margaritas, you’d go for breakfast served round-the-clock and other oversized 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


  1. Fill the 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.

Here are some fun containers to put these recipes in (make sure the recipe you like fits)! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Don’t forget to pin this for later!

Make one (or all) of these 7 big batch cocktail recipes including margaritas, Manhattans & more for your next party. Let guests pour themselves.

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

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  2. 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.


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