Serving mixed drinks at a party can be a tricky business. You could have someone serve drinks, or you could leave a bunch of mixers and liquor out. A great solution is to offer large batch cocktails (mixed drinks) that you make before the party and you won’t have to worry about!
It’s easy to remember the proportions for a perfect margarita: one, two, three
That’s one part fresh lime juice, to two parts dry orange liqueur (Cointreau, Triple Sec,or Curacao) to three parts
I like to use white Tequila, it has a distinctive peppery flavor, to me, is the liquor of choice for a great Margarita, though if you have gold, will be consumed with a little less gusto, which could be a good thing 🙂
If you’re going to offer a home cocktail, these pink martini-like drinks are popular. If you want a professional touch keep glasses in the freezer, no room in freezer, put a cooler outside and fill with the glasses
If you want you guests to liven up a tad this is the drink to serve them!
Warm Cranberry Zinfandel
A great drink to serve and during the winter holidays. The wine is warmed using a slow cooker and remember, that hot wine is a dash more potent than when it is served at room temperature.
Nonalcoholic Party Punch
If your guests have a tendency to fly high all by themselves then you might want to serve a flavorful nonalcoholic drink. They might not even notice there’s no alcohol since the flavors are sophisticated and refreshing!
Margaritas By The Batch
(remember one, two, three)
Remembering the ratios will allow you to adjust this to your needs.
1 cup fresh lime juice (do not use lime juice from a plastic bottle)
2 cups Cointreau, Triple Sec or Curacao
3 cups white or silver Tequila
In a pitcher filled with ice, combine the lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila. Stir for 1 – 2 minutes. Serve over plenty of ice (I use 3 cubes per glass)
TIP: I do measure out my ingredients a day before, squeeze the lime, measure out proportions and keep all in separate covered containers.
2 cups lemon-flavored vodka
1 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
1/2 cup fresh lime juicei
1/2 cup cranberry juice
Fill a pitcher at least 1/3 full with ice cubes. Add vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain and re-pour into pitcher.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh mint (you must use fresh mint)
5 limes, 4 cut into 3 or 4 wedges each, 1 thinly sliced
1 cup light rum
1 cup club soda
Crushes ice or ice cubes
1) In small sauce pan, make a simple syrup, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool; then pour into a jar, cover, and refrigerate until cold
2) Pour the cold syrup into a pitcher. Add the mint leaves and lime wedges. Using a wooden spoon, press on the mint and lime to press out a lot of the juice and crush the mint. Pour in the rum and club soda. Stir to mix.
3) Fill 8 highball glasses with crushed ice or ice cubes, or place in pitcher and guests serve themselves. Garnish each with a slice of lime.
Slow Cooker: Warm Cranberry Zinfandel
Two 750 milliliter bottles of Zinfandel
4 cups water
1 quart unsweetened cranberry juice
1 1/2 cups sugar, or to taste
24 whole cloves
24 green cardamon pods
Eight 4-inch cinnamon sticks, broken in half
Zest from 4 oranges, cut off in long strips
Combine the wine, water, cranberry juice, and sugar in the slow cooker. Place the cardamon pods and cinnamon sticks in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine (making a bag). Add to the cooker, along with the orange strips. Cover and cook on LOW until the wine is hot, 2-6 hours. Remove spice bag and serve.
Nonalcoholic Party Punch
Makes about 3 gallons
2 bottles (1 1/2 qts each) Mauna La’i guava/passion-fruit drink or other tropical beverage
2 bottles (1 1/2 qts each) cranberry juice
2 qts grapefruit juice, preferably from the refrigerated section of the supermarket
3 bottles (1 liter each) ginger ale
2 trays of ice cubes plus a big bag of cubes for individual drinks
4 or 5 limes, halved lengthwise and cut into thin slices
1) in a large punch bowl or in several large pitchers, blend together the MaunaLa’i , cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and ginger ale. Add the 2 trays of ice cubes and the lime slices. Put the remaining ice in an ice bucket.
2) To serve, put 2 or 3 ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass or punch cup and ladle on the punch. Everyone should get a slice of lime.
TIP: to make this a Punch with Wallop, don’t add the ginger ale, instead add 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka and 1 bottle (750 ml) golden rum, such as Mount Gay or Bacardi Gold Reserve. Serve smaller portions.