Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by Adrienne


Cocktails for a Crowd

Happy Long Weekend!

We hope you’re taking the opportunity to party it up on roof decks, beaches and outdoor bars. While you’re at it, spice up your beverages with something a bit more exciting than beers & cheap rosé with these easy-to-batch cocktails for a crowd. From a timeless classic to a brand new concoction, here are four choices to help you get into the spirit of summer. Sure to impress all your friends, as well as your tastebuds.

A Classic: The Southside
This is one of my all time favorite drinks, and it is super easy to batch for a crowd. In a pinch you can use limeade instead of fresh lime juice and omit the simple syrup, but it is not quite as delicious.

For one:

2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
small handful mint

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lime wheel.

For ten:

2.5 cups gin
1.25 cups lime juice
7.5 oz simple syrup
large handful mint

Add ingredients to a pitcher with ice and stir. Garnish with lime slices. 

A Pink Drink: Rainbow Wise
This drink was a big hit at our Manhattan Cocktail Classic party two weeks ago. Recipe by Lauren McLaughlin of Middle Branch (pictured above).

For one:

1.5 oz St. George Dry Rye Gin
1/2 oz St. George Raspberry Eau de Vie
1/4 oz cane syrup
1 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz lemon juice

Combine ingredients, serve over crushed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a mint sprig. 

For  ten:

2 cups St. George Dry Rye Gin
5 oz St. George Raspberry Eau de Vie
2.5 oz cane syrup
10 oz grapefruit juice
5 oz lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a pitcher, add lots of ice, mint and grapefruit or lemon slices.

A Scotch & Tequila Drink: Celtic Guey
Another one from our Manhattan Cocktail Classic event, this complex drink is a great way to convince anyone that they should be drinking whiskey and tequila – together. Recipe by Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch.

For one:

3/4 oz Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Whisky
3/4 oz Espolon Reposado Tequila
1 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz orange juice
Dash Cocktail Punk smoked orange bitters

Combine ingredients, serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint spring & brandied cherry.

 For ten:

7.5 oz Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Whisky
7.5 oz Espolon Reposado Tequila
10 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
5 oz simple syrup
5 oz lemon juice
2.5 oz orange juice
10 dashes Cocktail Punk smoked orange bitters

Combine ingredients, serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint spring & brandied cherry.

Spiked Iced Tea: Rum Tea Punch
We made this a few weeks back with our friends at Tipsy in Brooklyn and it was delicious. Owney’s Rum is made in Brooklyn, so this is a hyper-local choice too! This recipe will serve about 15, depending on how boozy your friends are.

11 oz black tea
11 oz green tea
8 oz demerara (raw) sugar
10 oz fresh lime juice
25 oz Owney’s Rum

Brew the teas, combine and add the sugar. Stir until dissolved. Cool in the fridge or freezer, or add ice and stir until cold. Add lime juice, rum and lots of ice. Garnish with mint and grated nutmeg.


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About the Author

Adrienne is one of the co-founders of Dipsology. When she’s not drinking, sleeping & breathing cocktails, she can be found in Napa, drinking wine instead. You can read about her non-cocktail adventures on her blog and follow her @alstillman.

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