Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion by Maggie Hoffman

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  • Ticktock [Jennifer Akin]

    • krista_jo on July 29, 2019

      Delicious and complex. Whiskey-forward despite being 9 tenths rum. The syrup recipe can be halved without problems.

  • Side porch sangria [Dorothy Elizabeth]

    • caitmcg on July 03, 2019

      This is a delicious, citrusy sangria with a nice bittersweet edge thanks to the Campari and Aperol.

    • Yildiz100 on July 10, 2019

      Nice sangria. Surprisingly the apricot stands up well to the Campari and Aperol. I liked it even better with a bit of soda added, as the author suggests. With the soda it is a bit lighter, fresher, and more summery.

  • The poolside [Sam Willy]

    • caitmcg on July 03, 2019

      This is a refreshing low-alcohol drink. The flavors all marry well, and the bit of heat from the chile works nicely.

    • Yildiz100 on July 29, 2019

      Nice, refreshing, and very low alcohol. I might experiment with adding a bit of extra Grand Marnier next time.

  • The birds and the bees punch [Shannon Tebay Sidle]

    • Yildiz100 on June 18, 2019

      Very nice, fresh and summery. Great for rum lovers as the cucumber highlights the rum nicely. The green tea adds a bit of tannin for complexity.

    • peaceoutdesign on July 10, 2019

      When I made the tea, I put in 4 stems of lavender and steeped that as well for just a hint of floral. Very good cocktail.

  • Perfect circle [Paul McGee and Shelby Allison]

    • Yildiz100 on May 31, 2019

      I always say a drink with Campari tastes like Campari and nothing else. I love it, so I don't mind. However, the sherry does manage to stand up to the Campari- a bit. It's not a seamlessly blended drink but it works if you like bitter and sherry.

  • Ratterwick punch [Shannon Tebay Sidle]

    • Yildiz100 on June 01, 2019

      Fresh, light, well balanced. Nothing remarkable but would be, as the other notes, a crowd pleaser.

  • Bitter ex [Gillian Fitzgerald]

    • Yildiz100 on June 21, 2019

      Needs the salt rim, otherwise it tastes a bit syrupy. Despite the sweetness, this is sooo bitter, and that is saying something, I love bitter! This is one of the cases where the sugar works to highlight the bitter by its contrast. This one is not a repeat, I'm afraid.

  • Unchained melody [Katipai Richardson-Wilson]

    • peaceoutdesign on May 25, 2019

      EtOH forward, a bit sweet, everyone loved. For a better presentation, make a big ice cube in a plastic container with orange slices.

  • Sandy bottoms [Stephanie Andrews]

    • peaceoutdesign on August 02, 2020

      Great summer cocktail. I tried substituting an amaro for the bitters and it was missing the depth of flavor that the 1/2 cup Peychauds had.

  • Derby cup [Fred Yarm]

    • alex9179 on July 02, 2019

      Reminds me of sweet tea. Very easy to drink, so be careful!

  • Tipsy daisy [Brian Means]

    • alex9179 on July 02, 2019

      Very refreshing! Wonderful party/summer cocktail.

    • Jehensle on April 03, 2019

      Delicious! Well balanced, flavorful drink! Loved the combination of strawberry and basil. The Serrano also provides a nice, subtle, but noticeable heat and flavor. Perfect spring time drink! Also, the strawberry basil syrup is to-die-for! We had a little leftover, which I poured over plain, whole milk, Greek yogurt, and it was fabulous!

  • Strawberry-basil syrup

    • alex9179 on July 02, 2019

      Whirred everything in the FP and didn't strain. We loved it and the kids think its fantastic with Sprite.

  • Lace and fancy things [Alexandra Anderson]

    • Ehcoggin on March 27, 2020

      Maybe the best cocktail I have ever made. I don't love cantaloupe, but the cantaloupe gin is my favorite infusion I have done!

  • Basil expedition [Wes Leslie]

    • Jehensle on August 14, 2019

      Delicious! Very smooth, flavorful, and well balanced! We used a whole Thai pepper and is was not too spicy. Just the right amount of heat. One of our favorites from the book, after Tipsy Daisy.

  • The Sundance sparkler [Daniel Paez]

    • Jehensle on June 15, 2019

      This was very tasty, but also very spicy. Don’t make this for sensitive tastebuds. Also, really be careful when pouring in purée, it really foams up the wine and makes a mess. While this was very good, it was a bit of work. It is reminiscent of a mimosa with flavors of Mexican candy. I would make this again for a brunch party.

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  • ISBN 10 0399582533
  • ISBN 13 9780399582530
  • Published Mar 19 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 176
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

A hip, accessible guide to batch cocktail-making for entertaining, with 65 recipes that can be made hours--or weeks!--ahead of time so that hosts and hostesses have one less thing to worry about as the doorbell rings.

As anyone who has hosted a dinner party knows, cocktail hour is the most fun part of the evening for guests--but the most stressful for whomever is in charge of keeping the drinks flowing. The solution, though, is simple: batch it! In this fun collection, Maggie Hoffman offers 65 delicious and creative cocktails that you don't have to stir or shake to order; rather, they are designed to stay fresh when made ahead and served out of a pitcher. Recipes such as Tongue in Cheek (gin, Meyer lemon, thyme, Cocchi Rosa), Friendly Fires (mezcal, chile vodka, watermelon, lime), Birds & Bees Punch (rum, cucumber, green tea, lemon), and even alcohol-free options are organized by flavor profile--herbal, boozy, bitter, fruity and tart, and so on--to make choosing and whipping up a perfect pitcher of cocktails a total breeze.


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