5 classic pitcher cocktail recipes

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Mojito

A popular cocktail and a classic for a reason. You can’t go wrong with a zesty, fresh mojito!


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Juice of 6 limes, plus extra wedges to garnish
50g caster sugar
Ice
1 bunch of fresh mint leaves, plus extra to garnish
350ml white rum
250ml soda water, chilled


  1. Muddle the lime juice and sugar together until the sugar dissolves and add to a pitcher.
  2. Add enough ice to half-fill the pitcher. Add the mint leaves and rum, stir gently to combine. Top with the soda water and stir briefly.
  3. Divide amongst six glasses, garnishing each with a few sprigs of mint and the remaining lime wedges.

Sangria

This fruity cocktail gained its fame in Spain (try saying that 5 times fast!), but can easily be enjoyed from the comfort of your own couch with our simple interpretation, the Summer fruit sangria.


Serves 8


1 x 750ml bottle of sparkling white wine
600ml cranberry juice
160ml coconut rum, e.g. Malibu
50g blackberries
50g blueberries
50g raspberries
60g strawberries, hulled and quartered


To serve:
Ice cubes


  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, cranberry juice and rum.
  2. Add all of the fruit and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least two hours, then serve over ice.

Martini

This swanky cocktail is incredibly easy, even a mixology noob like me can master it on the first try!


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Serves 4


320ml gin
60ml dry vermouth


To garnish:
12 olives or 4 twists of lemon peel


  1. In a cocktail shaker or pitcher filled with ice cubes, combine the gin and vermouth, adding a little more or less vermouth to you personal taste.Stir for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses immediately.
  3. Garnish each with 3 olives on a cocktail sick or a lemon twist.

Aperol Spritz

This trendy cocktail is ideal to make in batches and share with all of your guests!


Serves 8


1 x 750ml bottle of sparkling wine
500ml Aperol
250ml soda water
Ice
1 orange, thinly sliced


  1. Fill a pitcher about a quarter of the way with ice. Pour the sparkling wine on top.
  2. Add the Aperol and top up with the soda water to taste.
  3. Garnish with the orange slices.

Margarita

“Anyone for a round of margs?” — famous last words.


Serves 4


Juice of 2 limes, plus 1 lime wedge to
garnish
Sea salt
120ml tequila
60ml orange liquer, e.g. Cointreau or
Grand Marnier
Ice


  1. Rub a wedge of lime around the rims of four glasses. Pour some salt onto a saucer and dip the rims into the salt. Set aside.
  2. In a jug or shaker, combine the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Shake or stir well.
  3. Fill the prepared glasses with ice cubes and pour over the margarita mix. Garnish each with a few slices lime.