9 Women Share Their Best No-Nonsense Cocktail Recipes For Drinking In The Park

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It's safe to say that we've all experienced cocktail ordering regret. Asking a bartender for six passionfruit martinis might seem like a good idea in theory, but when it comes to waiting for your drinks, it's another story entirely. Combining precision pouring, a multitude of ingredients and a laborious garnishing process, fancy cocktails take time, which is exactly why mixologists get paid the (relatively) big bucks.

If you've ever tried to replicate happy hour at home, you'll know that this process is even lengthier, with the average joe needing to consult a recipe book, chop fruit on the go and retrieve ice from the back of the freezer for each individual drink. Add in having to remember exactly what each member of your party wanted and at-home cocktail making can be far more stressful than pleasurable.

There's a genius way to avoid this disastrous drinking experience, though: batch made cocktails. We're talking about the kind of drinks that you can ladle into a jug for multiple partygoers to enjoy at once. While your mind might jump straight to a pitcher of half-melted margs, you don't have to stick to the tried and tested classics when it comes to big-batch cocktails.

Make the most of this opportunity to try something a tad more adventurous, with the help of some of the coolest foodie women on the internet. With an increasingly packed summer calendar ahead of us, R29 has picked the brains of some of Instagram’s most notable taste testers to recommend the best jug drinks for group gatherings.

Whether you're after a pre-made cocktail stash for a birthday party in the park or want to keep your kitchen time to a minimum while hosting friends at home, we’ve gathered a selection of batch cocktails that require minimal effort while providing maximum flavour.

To discover five batch cocktail recipes to make this summer, click through the slideshow ahead...

<strong>The Summer Spritz</strong> <strong>Mocktail</strong><br><br>by Samah Lakha, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/londonbruncher/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:@londonbruncher" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">@londonbruncher</a><br><br><strong>Why is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?</strong><br><br>This is my favourite summer drink and it couldn't be easier to make. The combination of flavours is zingy and refreshing and it works just as well with or without alcohol!<br><br><strong>Ingredients</strong><br><br>500ml lemonade <br>500ml cranberry juice <br>Juice of 1/2 lime <br>1 tin of lychees in juice <br>A big handful of fresh mint <strong><br><br>Method</strong><br><br>Combine all ingredients together in a large jug or pitcher with lots of ice and enjoy! <span class="copyright">Samah Lakha</span>
The Summer Spritz Mocktail

by Samah Lakha, @londonbruncher

Why is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?

This is my favourite summer drink and it couldn't be easier to make. The combination of flavours is zingy and refreshing and it works just as well with or without alcohol!

Ingredients

500ml lemonade
500ml cranberry juice
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tin of lychees in juice
A big handful of fresh mint

Method


Combine all ingredients together in a large jug or pitcher with lots of ice and enjoy! Samah Lakha
<strong>The Bar Italia</strong> <br><br>by Rosie Mackean, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/rosiemackeanpastaqueen/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:@rosiemackeanpastaqueen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">@rosiemackeanpastaqueen</a><br><br><strong>Why is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?</strong><br><br>This drink has sustained many a thirsty crowd at a BBQ and it's especially good in the hot months due to its punchy and delicious flavours. It is based on three of my favourite cocktails – a Negroni, a Spritz and an Amaretto Sour – and reminds me of nights spent sitting outside small Italian bars after a day in the scorching sun.<br><br><strong>Ingredients</strong><br><br>100ml red vermouth (I like Antica Formula)<br>50ml Campari<br>50ml dry gin<br>30ml Disaronno<br>6 dashes angostura bitters<br>100ml fresh lemon juice<br>300ml soda water<br>750ml brut prosecco<br>2 handfuls of ice<br>Sliced lemon, orange and grapefruit – whatever you have in the house<br>1 cocktail cherry per glass if you are going all out<br><br><strong>Method</strong><br><br>In the bottom of your jug, add all of the spirits, the lemon juice and angostura and stir to combine. Add in your ice, your fruit wedges and the soda water, and then top up with Prosecco. Stir together and serve immediately with all of the snacks your heart desires.
The Bar Italia

by Rosie Mackean, @rosiemackeanpastaqueen

Why is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?

This drink has sustained many a thirsty crowd at a BBQ and it's especially good in the hot months due to its punchy and delicious flavours. It is based on three of my favourite cocktails – a Negroni, a Spritz and an Amaretto Sour – and reminds me of nights spent sitting outside small Italian bars after a day in the scorching sun.

Ingredients

100ml red vermouth (I like Antica Formula)
50ml Campari
50ml dry gin
30ml Disaronno
6 dashes angostura bitters
100ml fresh lemon juice
300ml soda water
750ml brut prosecco
2 handfuls of ice
Sliced lemon, orange and grapefruit – whatever you have in the house
1 cocktail cherry per glass if you are going all out

Method

In the bottom of your jug, add all of the spirits, the lemon juice and angostura and stir to combine. Add in your ice, your fruit wedges and the soda water, and then top up with Prosecco. Stir together and serve immediately with all of the snacks your heart desires.

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