Five Easy Jug Cocktails
We know the feeling.
That spontaneous small get-together to signal the start of summer suddenly turning into a full-on party requiring a) A LOT more nibbles than you intended and b) 'polite requests' for something a little more 'exciting' than the wine and beer you'd planned to serve.
Enter: jug cocktails
The simple way to be the host(ess) with the most(ess) and impress guests without having to steal yourself away from the fun (and the sun) to play at bartender.
These five easy pitcher recipes will ensure a great time is had by everyone, including you.
- 1 small seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into large chunks
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced, 1 cup reserved for garnish
- 1 bottle Rosé Wine (cold)
- 1 cup Vodka
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
1. Combine the watermelon and strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth; add a splash of the vodka if needed to help puree the fruit.
2. Strain using a sieve into a large pitcher (about 4 cups in total of this fruit) juice.
3. Next, add the Rosé Wine, Vodka, orange juice and liqueur and stir to combine.
4. Add the orange and lime slices, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
5. Just before serving, add ice cubes and the reserve cup of strawberries.
2. The Paysan
- 500ml fruity red wine, preferably Pinot Noir
- 200ml cranberry juice
- 100ml fresh orange juice
- 100ml Chambord
- 80ml chilled lemonade
- Thinly sliced lemon zest
- Thinly sliced lime zest
- Thinly sliced orange zest
1. In a pitcher, combine the wine, juices and Chambord.
2. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
3. Stir well and pour into ice-filled white wine glasses.
4. Top each drink with lemonade.
5. Garnish with the zests.
- Peel of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 250ml Gin
- 170ml Aperol
- 250ml St-Germain
- 250ml Lemon juice
- 250ml Orange juice
- 250ml Grapefruit juice
- Quarter of a bottle of Rose Champagne
- Orange Wheels
1. In a large pitcher, muddle the lemon peel and sugar.
2. Let the mixture stand for at least 30 minutes.
3. Add the gin, aperol, st-germain, Champagne and fruit juices.
4. Top with ice and stir gently.
5. Add orange wheels and stir once more.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries (halved)
1. First make the strawberry syrup by combining the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat and let cool completely (approximately 30 minutes)
3. Add the strawberries and use a potato masher to smash them to a pulp.
4. Pour the resulting mixture through a fine mesh strainer, removing the strawberry pulp.
5. Combine this resulting strawberry syrup with all the ingredients except the sparkling apple cider and ice into a pitcher or mixing bowl.
6. Cover and refrigerate for several hours, so that the mixture is very cold.
7. When you are ready to serve, place the ice into your punch bowl, remove the mixture from the fridge and pour over.
8. Top with the sparkling apple cider, stir, and add lime wheels for garnish.
- Thin slices of a variety of citrus fruits - grapefruits, oranges, lemons, limes
- 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled Prosecco
- 3 to 4 cups freshly squeezed Orange Juice
- Cranberry Juice
1. Fill a pitcher with slices of citrus fruits
2. Pour the bottle of Prosecco over the fruits.
3. Slowly pour the Orange Juice.
4. Fill glasses and add a splash of cranberry juice to each.
Now all that's needed is a few rays of sunshine, a dash of goodtimes, a few friends and voila:
Summer entertaining: sorted.