When you’re throwing a party or a casual get-together, you don’t want drinks that challenge you as the home bartender. As impressive as cocktails with fancy ingredients and garnishes are, you want something simple, preferably that you can pour out of a pitcher.
These seven drinks will make your life as a host or hostess so much easier. Most of them can be made into big batches so guests can serve themselves and top up as needed. The rest are still very easy – you just have to add an ingredient like cola at the end.
Take a look at these when you’re planning your next party!
The delicious Port Elderflower cocktail features port wine and elderflower liqueur. There's also some rum to give it caramel notes and a little more kick.
Now, this cocktail recipe does call for shaking. But it's so easy to make big batch style and leave it in a pitcher in the refrigerator until the party starts. This one is best served to people who like port or wine in general.
The Skinny Dipper is a surprisingly tasty combination of cranberry and melon flavors. It's very easy to make. There is some shaking involved, but you can shake it all up hours before a party, put it in a pitcher in the fridge, and it will be ready and waiting when the guests show up.
This drink has a fairly unique flavor, and most people like it. It's liight on alcohol (unless you want to add in some vodka - we won't tell anybody). And if anyone doesn't like the flavor, you can keep vodka on hand and offer them a vodka cranberry instead.
Looking for something stronger than the Jack & Coke? Look no further. Meet the C-MOB.
This drink features cola with whiskey and vodka. You can make it for guests ahead of time by pouring the vodka and whiskey in the right amounts into glasses. When someone's ready for a drink, you add ice and cola, and you're all set.