Batched Cocktails For Your Summer Cocktail Needs - Martini Edition

With summer arriving and the increase in outdoor grilling parties, the need to make good summer cocktails quickly and efficiently becomes paramount. Most hosts and hostesses have a lot to do when it comes to setup and entertaining their guests and it becomes cumbersome to make individual cocktails and play bartender. So I am here to help make it easier by explaining the use of batched cocktails. The best option though is to hire me to take out the worry of planning and executing a game plan.

Batched cocktails are simply cocktails made in bulk and placed in a covered pitcher to pour. Keep the pitcher refrigerated prior to serving at the party. Some cocktails will need to be shaken as an extra step before pouring into someone's glass. So you will need a shaker set and ice. Other cocktails can be poured directly from the pitcher into an ice-filled glass or cup. Once you have the correct measurements for the cocktail, it is just a matter of mutliplying those ingredients when preparing the batch. Keep in mind that you will need to prepare and cut garnishes in advance because that takes a lot of time. For outdoor parties, you can make either martinis (without being served on ice) or cocktails on ice. Most cocktails and all martinis (unless a standard martini) will need to be shaken regardless, so it's just a matter of preference. I find that picking up a beverage dispenser from Bed, Bath, and Beyond or similar store is best. That way you can store a lot and easily dispense from a table with a convenient spout. This is also great for preparing infusions, like homemade lemonade. Whatever is left at the end of the party can be stored in the fridge up to a month as long as it doesn't contain fruit, which can become rotten very quickly. Also, remember that some cocktails require a topping ingredient, like soda water or sparkling wine, after shaking and pouring the cocktail. Don't use that ingredient in prep of batched cocktail. For more information on great batched cocktails for your specific function or party or more batched cocktail ideas, just send me an email.

Here are some of my favorite batched summer cocktails that are easy to make and won't cost you an arm and a leg. In this post, I am focusing on straight up cocktails. The next post will feature cocktails on ice. I will list the individual ingredients and then give an example of how much to make given a certain amount of people. Shake all cocktails here. When batching, I always recommend using jiggers for more precise measurements. You can purchase a set of jiggers which will have all the necessary measurements.

Orange Blossom

  • 2 oz Tanqueray Gin
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice & Fresh Lemon Sour
  • Garnish orange twist

In a pitcher, combine all ingredients. To make 20 of these cocktails, pour the gin into a 2 oz jigger twenty times into a pitcher, then Grand Marnier into the other side of the jigger (1 oz), then individual mixers into a 1/2 oz jigger (some jiggers have a 1/2 oz and 1 oz side while others will have a 2 oz and 1 oz side). Jigger sizes are labeled in small print on the side. Shake over ice and pour into a glass straight up. To make an orange twist, use a channel knife and go all the way around an orange and cut off. Store in sealed container.


Hibiscus Cosmo

  • 2 oz Absolut Hibiskus Vodka
  • 1/2 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liq
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice & cranberry juice
  • Garnish lime slice on rim

Same process as above. Shaken and served straight up.


Blue Lobster

  • 2 Bacardi Limon Rum
  • 1/2 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • splash of pineapple juice and cranberry juice
  • Garnish orange twist

Same as above.


Cable Car

  • 2 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • splash of fresh lemon sour, grenadine, and cinnamon syrup
  • Garnish cinnamon stick

Same as above.


Citrus Fusion

  • 2 oz Grapefruit Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemonade
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Sparkling Wine
  • Garnish lemon twist

Same as above, but add sparkling wine after pouring into glass. Lemon twist using a channel knife around a lemon.


Velvet Rose

  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz Sparkling Wine
  • No Garnish

Same as above. Add wine at the end.


Pink Lemonade

  • 2 oz Ciroc Red Berry Vodka
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1/2 oz POM juice and simple syrup
  • Garnish lemon slice on rim or drop in

Same as above.