As a bartender, I know that nothing brings people together quite like a good drink. Whether you're enjoying a night out with friends or hosting a party at home, a great cocktail can set the tone for the entire evening.
And when it comes to serving a crowd, there's no better way to do it than with a big jug cocktail.
A big jug cocktail is exactly what it sounds like: a large pitcher of a delicious drink that can be shared among multiple people.
It's the perfect solution for gatherings of all sizes, from intimate dinners to backyard barbecues. And while there are countless recipes out there, some stand out above the rest.
In this post, I'll be sharing my favorite big jug cocktail recipes that are sure to impress your guests. These drinks are easy to make, use simple ingredients, and pack a punch of flavor.
From fruity and refreshing to bold and boozy, there's something for everyone on this list. So, whether you're a seasoned bartender or a novice mixologist, grab a jug and get ready to impress your guests with these delicious cocktails.
1. Coconut Lemon Sour
The Coconut Lemon Sour is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer entertaining. This party pitcher cocktail combines the deliciousness of coconut with the amazing refreshing flavor of lemon sour. With only four ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and perfect for a crowd. The bright lemonade and light coconut water flavor make it a refreshing option for any occasion.
Whether you're hosting a brunch, BBQ, or just a happy hour at home, this cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It's also versatile, as you can leave out the vodka for a refreshing mocktail. If you're looking for an easy make-ahead large batch cocktail recipe that's perfect for summer entertaining, the Coconut Lemon Sour is a must-try.
2. Stormy Donkey Party Punch
The Stormy Donkey Party Punch is a fusion of the classic "Dark and Stormy" and "Moscow Mule" cocktails, with an added Caribbean twist. The combination of fresh lime juice, zingy ginger beer, vodka, and aged rum creates a complex and intriguing flavor profile.
The addition of pineapple juice and freshly grated nutmeg adds a touch of sweetness and tropical appeal. This large batch cocktail is perfect for summer parties and even transitions well into the fall.
3. Ultimate Caesar Cocktail
The Ultimate Caesar Cocktail is a classic Canadian cocktail that has been around since 1969. This cocktail is made with a Caesar mix and vodka base, and it gets its flavor and spice from ingredients like horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. The garnish options are endless, but a celery stick is traditional.
However, the Ultimate Caesar Cocktail takes it up a notch by adding more than just celery. This cocktail is perfect for a weekend brunch or a Thirsty Thursday with friends. The best part is that it can be made into a non-alcoholic version by omitting the vodka. If you're looking for a spicy and flavorful cocktail that comes with a built-in snack, the Ultimate Caesar Cocktail is the perfect choice.
4. Hippie Juice
Hippie Juice is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that is perfect for summer parties. It is a large batch drink that can be served like punch, making it an ideal choice for entertaining guests. The cocktail is made with a combination of vodka, triple sec, Malibu rum, pink lemonade, and pineapple juice.
The ingredients are mixed together in a pitcher and served over ice. The cocktail has a sweet and fruity flavor that is sure to be a hit with everyone. Hippie Juice is a fun and easy cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
Looking for a refreshing and simple cocktail to serve at your next summer party? Look no further than the Bullfrog. This two-ingredient cocktail is easy to make and perfect for sipping by the pool or serving as a party punch. The limeade adds a tartness that keeps the drink from becoming too sweet, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer a lighter taste.
While there are variations of the recipe that include additional ingredients such as Mountain Dew or Red Bull, we recommend sticking to the classic recipe for the best taste. So why not give the Bullfrog a try and see why it's a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts?
6. Screwdriver Cocktail
The Screwdriver Cocktail is a classic and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion. Made with only three ingredients, orange juice, vodka, and ice, this cocktail is easy to make and perfect for a big jug. The name of the cocktail comes from the tool used to stir the drink, a screwdriver.
With only 134 calories per serving, this cocktail is a guilt-free indulgence that is perfect for a summer brunch party. The combination of the sweet orange juice and the smooth vodka makes for a delicious and refreshing drink that is sure to impress your guests. If you are looking for a simple and classic cocktail to serve at your next gathering, the Screwdriver Cocktail is definitely worth considering.
7. Apple Cider Sangria
Looking for a perfect fall cocktail to serve at your next gathering? Look no further than the Apple Cider Sangria. This cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors with a subtle hint of cinnamon. It's a great choice for Thanksgiving or tailgating parties, and can be made a day in advance, making it a perfect option for the lazy but festive hosts.
The cocktail is made with fresh apple cider, apple brandy, triple sec, dry white wine, and diced seasonal fruit. It's easy to make and requires only 10 minutes of investment. To add an extra special touch, serve the cocktail with a cinnamon sugar rim. Trust us, this Apple Cider Sangria will knock your socks off!
8. Red Wine Sangria
Red Wine Sangria is a fruity punch that originated in Spain and is perfect for summer gatherings. Made with a mix of red wine, brandy, lemon-lime soda, and loaded with oranges, apples, strawberries, and blackberries, it has a complex flavor profile.
It's versatile and can be made sweeter with simple syrup or with club soda or sparkling water to cut back on sugar and calories.
9. Strawberry Pina Colada
The Strawberry Pina Colada is a fruity and sweet cocktail that is perfect for summer parties. This cocktail is a twist on the classic Pina Colada recipe, with the addition of fresh strawberries that add both color and sweetness. The combination of coconut, pineapple, and strawberry makes this cocktail a refreshing and tropical drink that will transport you to the Caribbean.
The best part about this cocktail is that it can be made in a big jug, making it perfect for serving at parties. If you're looking for a delicious and impressive cocktail to serve at your next summer gathering, the Strawberry Pina Colada is definitely worth a try.
10. Rhubarb Margarita
The Rhubarb Margarita is a refreshing and unique take on the classic margarita. Made with a homemade rhubarb syrup, fresh lime juice, silver tequila, and orange liqueur, this cocktail is perfect for spring and summer.
The tartness of the rhubarb is balanced by the sweetness of the orange liqueur, making for a perfectly balanced drink. Plus, the vibrant pink color of the cocktail is sure to impress your guests. If you're looking for a seasonal twist on a classic cocktail, the Rhubarb Margarita is a must-try.
11. Fruity White Wine Sangria
If you're looking for a refreshing and fruity cocktail to serve at your next party, Fruity White Wine Sangria is a must-try. Made with a white wine base, this cocktail is packed with fresh fruit and a hint of brandy for an extra kick. It's perfect for warm summer evenings and can easily be made in advance, making it a great option for entertaining.
Plus, with the ability to switch up the fruit and liqueur flavors, the possibilities for customization are endless. If you're a fan of sangria or just looking for a new Big Jug Cocktail recipe to try, Fruity White Wine Sangria should definitely be on your list.
12. Cranberry and Ginger Mojito
The Cranberry and Ginger Mojito is a festive and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for any Christmas gathering. This easy-to-make cocktail is made with a cranberry and ginger simple syrup that can be prepared ahead of time, making it a great option for those who want to serve a large group of people.
The combination of cranberry and ginger gives this cocktail a unique and refreshing taste that is sure to impress your guests. Additionally, this cocktail can be easily modified to create a non-alcoholic version, making it a versatile option for those who don't drink alcohol. Overall, the Cranberry and Ginger Mojito is a must-try cocktail that is sure to be a hit at any holiday party.
Sangria is a classic red wine-based cocktail that is perfect for fun nights with friends. It's fruity, sparkling, and divine, and goes down so easy you hardly know there’s alcohol involved. The addition of brandy, maple syrup, and ginger ale gives it a unique flavor that is sure to impress your guests.
It's the best drink to share with friends as it makes a nice BIG jug of sangria. If you're looking for a delicious cocktail that is perfect for sharing with friends, then Sangria is definitely worth trying.
Margaritas are a classic cocktail that are loved by many for their frosty, salt-rimmed goodness and juicy citrus flavors. They are a perfect addition to any Mexican food feast, or just as a refreshing treat on a hot day. This particular recipe for Margaritas is easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes, making it perfect for a crowd.
The secret ingredient is Rose's lemon cordial, which adds just the right amount of sweetness without the need for simple syrup. Along with fresh lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and crushed ice, this cocktail is sure to impress. So, if you're looking for a quick and easy cocktail to make for your next gathering, give these Margaritas a try!
15. Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
The Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic is a refreshing and beautiful cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This cocktail combines sweet grapefruit juice, fragrant rosemary, and elderflower liqueur with classic gin and tonic to create a fresh and delightful drink.
The elderflower liqueur adds a delicate and aromatic touch to the cocktail, while the grapefruit juice provides a slightly sweeter citrus flavor. The result is a unique and delicious cocktail that is sure to impress. If you're looking for a refreshing and beautiful cocktail to serve at your next party, the Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic is definitely worth trying.
16. Simple Ginger Switchel
The Simple Ginger Switchel is a vinegar-based drink made with apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, pure maple syrup, and water. It's both tart and sweet, with a slight burn from the ginger.
It's a unique and refreshing cocktail that's surprisingly easy to make at home. Plus, it boasts a number of health benefits, such as restoring electrolytes, reducing inflammation, and providing a daily dose of apple cider vinegar.