11 Cocktail Pitchers to start your New Year party with a bang!

Good cocktails and good company are exactly how we plan to ring in our New Year, but nothing takes the fun out of your evening like being stuck on bar duty all night. The beauty of pitchers is that they can be mixed up in batches in advance, leaving you free to enjoy the party and let your hair down. 

For an extra touch of fun, you can up your icecube game by freezing fruits and garnishes inside, and if you really want to wow your guests you can take the time to sugar rim the glasses (or even set up a sugaring station!). 

All the recipes can be scaled up for the size of your crowd, as can most single drink recipes - have a look through our cocktail tag and mix up a batch of your favourite cocktail from this year for your guests. Avoid recipes that include eggs as they need to be shaken (and might be left out for a while,) and mix in fizzy ingredients such as prosecco and club soda when you are ready to serve.

R&R COLLINS

Serves 12

Raspberry Rhubarb Colins Gin Pitcher

You can't beat a classic combination like raspberry and rhubarb. Although the flavour initially brings to mind the smell of pies wafting in from the kitchen, they lend their flavour excellently to a light citrus gin. The fruit syrup replaces the sugar in a traditional Tom Collins drink; gin and soda water round out the punch.

R&R Syrup Ingredients
2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cups water

Ingredients
1/2 cup Fresh lime juice
2 cups Gin
2 cups Rhubarb and Raspberry Syrup*
1L soda water
Fresh lime slices

Recipe
1. Add rhubarb and syrup*, fresh lime juice and gin of choice to an ice filled punch bowl.
2. Pour in soda water and stir. Add slices of fresh lime.
3. Serve with ice and garnish with more lime.

Raspberry and Rhubarb Syrup Recipe
1. Add rhubarb, raspberry, sugar, lemon juice and water to a large pan.
2. Bring to the boil then leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Take pan off the heat then leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
4. Strain the syrup through a sieve and it’s ready to go.

Recipe via simplebites

Hibiscus Ginger Punch

Serves 12

 Image:  bojong gourmet

Most punch recipes cater to a single crowd: drinkers or non-drinkers. This one is delicious either way. Whether you fizz it up with champagne or mineral water, hibiscus ginger punch will put a colourful sparkle in your celebrations. If you can't find dried hibiscus blossom, try making a strong brew with hibiscus tea bags.

Hibiscus Syrup Ingredients
4 1/2 cups water
1 cup dried hibiscus blossoms
2-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar

 

Ingredients
4 cups chilled ginger ale
2 750mlL bottles chilled champagne, sparkling white wine, or sparkling mineral water
Optional: garnishes of mint, lemon or lime slices

Recipe
1. Stir hibiscus syrup* with ginger ale and sparkling wine.
2. Garnish if desired, and serve with ice.

Hibiscus Syrup Recipe
1. Combine water, hibiscus blossoms, and ginger in a pot.
2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Turn off heat and stir in sugar.
4. Let cool, strain, and chill.

Recipe via thekitchn

Mulled Sloe Gin

Serves 8

Mulled Sloe Gin

A delicious twist on the classic warm apple cider, that would be the perfect host to our festive Batch Gin of the month. Like mulled wine, the pan can be left on the stove at a low heat for guests to help themselves to. Perfect for warming nippy fingers whilst oohing and aahing at fireworks!

Ingredients
1L Apple Juice
Juice of 4 Lemons
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Sliced Oranges
300ml Sloe Gin

Recipe
1. Add the apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks to the pan
2. Allow to simmer and add the orange slices
3. Add the sloe gin and stir

recipe via travelthroughlife

Strawberry Gin Smash

Serves 8

Strawberry Gin Smash

To make ahead, mix everything except the club soda and ice, then refrigerate overnight. A night in the fridge will also help the strawberries add more flavor and colour to the drink, for that rosy festive hue.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1 pound fresh strawberries
2 cups gin
3 cups club soda
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Recipe
1. Muddle the sugar and limes in a pitcher.
2. Set aside 6 to 8 small strawberries and make a small slice in their tips. 
3. Hull and slice the remaining strawberries and muddle the slices with the sugar and lime juice.
4. Stir in the gin and club soda and pack the pitcher full of ice.
5. Add mint sprigs to garnish.
6. Garnish glasses with a strawberry, slotted onto the edge of the glass.

recipe via thekitchn

Aperol Punch

Makes 12 servings

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If you’re usually a fan of shorter, sharper drinks and think big batch drinks aren’t for you, think again! This Aperol Punch is bittersweet, complex tasting and easy to make. It needs a solid London Dry Gin to really bring out the best in it.

Ingredients
500ml Gin
350ml Aperol
50ml Lemon juice
50ml Lime juice
75ml Grapefruit juice
750ml Sparkling wine
Orange bitters

Recipe
1. Combine Gin, Aperol, lemon juice, lime juice, grapefruit juice and sparkling wine in a large bowl.
2. Add 8 dashes of orange bitters and stir thoroughly.
3. Garnish with orange slices.

Recipe via ginfestival

Blueberry & Lavender Spritzer

Serves 12

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Tart, fresh and floral, this Blueberry and Lavender Spritzer is a bright and elegant drink, that’s well complemented by floral gins. 

Blueberry and Lavender Syrup
250ml Water
250g Blueberries
250g Sugar
8 Sprigs Lavender

Ingredients
500ml Gin
200ml Blueberry & Lavender syrup*
70ml Fresh lime juice
1L Soda water

Recipe
1. Fill a large jug with ice and add gin, blueberry and lavender syrup*, lime juice and soda.
2. Serve with blueberries.

Blueberry and Lavender Syrup Recipe

1. Add water, blueberries, sugar and lavender sprigs to a large pan.
2. Bring to the boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Take the pan off the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
4. Strain the syrup through a sieve and it’s ready to go.

Recipe via ginfestival

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

Serves 6

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

A sparkling gin cocktail that's perfect for a festive party.

Ingredients
75 ml Gin
150 ml Pomegranate juice
300 ml Prosecco
Pomegranate seeds, to garnish

Recipe
1. Mix together the gin and pomegranate juice.
2. Top up with Prosecco when ready to serve.
3. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve with champagne glasses.

recipe via goodhousekeeping

Sparkling Rosemary Gin Lemonade

Serves 6

Rosemary Gin Lemonade


Craving a long, refreshing drink? This grown-up lemonade is just what you need! Not too sweet and full of flavour, this hits all the right spots. A smooth and clean gin will hit the spot with this one.

Ingredients
200ml Gin
200ml Elderflower Liqueur
100ml Fresh lemon juice
250ml Soda Water
30g Sugar
10 Sprigs of Rosemary
2 thinly sliced Lemons

Recipe
1. Muddle the rosemary, sliced lemons and sugar in the base of a large jug.
2. Add gin, Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lemon juice and soda water to the jug, then stir thoroughly.
3. Serve with ice and garnish with slices of lemon.

recipe via ginfestival

Pomegranate Elderberry Gimlet

Serves 6

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Add a grown up feel to your punch bowl by serving these with martini glasses. Sugaring the rim will add an extra festive sparkle.

Ingredients
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, strained (from about 8 limes)
1 cup gin
1/2 cup elderberry liqueur
1/2 cup pure pomegranate juice
1/4 cup agave syrup
3 tablespoons raw sugar
Lime wedges for garnish

Recipe
Mix lime juice, gin, elderberry liqueur, pomegranate juice and agave syrup and refrigerate before serving. 

Sugar Rim
Spread raw sugar on a small plate in an even layer. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of a martini glass and dip into the raw sugar. 

recipe via bonapetit

Pear Punch

Serves 6

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Crisp and sweet with a punch of barrel-aged goodness, this Pear Punch is perfect for cosy nights in. The prosecco top adds a dash of fizzy lightness to the whole affair.

Pear Puree Ingredients
2 pear
3 1/2 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice
1/4 Tsp Ground cloves

 

Ingredients
75ml pear puree*
450ml Gin
60ml Honey
60ml hot water
1 bottle Prosecco
Lemon, to garnish

Recipe
1. Add pear puree*, Gin, honey and hot water to a large jug and stir thoroughly. Leave to cool.
2. Pour into an ice filled pitcher and top with prosecco to taste
3. Garnish with lemon slices.

Pear Puree Recipe
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C/Gas mark 5.
2. Peel and core two pears and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the bottom side begins to caramelise.
3. Add to blender with fresh lemon juice and ground cloves.

recipe via ginfestival

Alonquin Bar Punch

serves 12-16

algonquin bar punch

A deep and boozy punch bowl - just the way we like them! 

Ingredients
Peel from 4 lemons (removed in strips with vegetable peeler)
1/3 cup superfine sugar
2 cups fresh raspberries, divided
3 cups Plymouth Sloe Gin
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Coruba dark Jamaican rum
2 cups chilled brut Champagne
Lemon slices

Recipe
1. Muddle lemon peel strips and sugar in large bowl.
2. Add 1 1/4 cups raspberries and mash to blend.
3. Pour in sloe gin, lemon juice, and rum.
4. Add ice cubes; stir to blend.
5. Refrigerate punch 20 minutes.
6. Add Champagne when ready to serve and stir to blend
7. Garnish with lemon slices and remaining raspberries.

recipe via bonapetit