Here's the Foolproof, 3-Ingredient Formula You Need For Making Big-Batch Cocktails

You’re just three ingredients and a pitcher away from the best big-batch boozy beverage you’ve ever made. 

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Planning a party that might benefit from an alcoholic beverage or two? While it's nice to make each guest their own personal drink, you probably don't want to spend hours bartending while everyone else enjoys the get-together. That's why big-batch drinks are a casual party planner's best friend: Just throw a pitcher together before the shindig starts, and let your friends serve themselves. It doesn't get much easier than that!

You don't need to be a certified mixologist to whip up an impressive big-batch cocktail on a dime — we've got a low-key formula that'll make customizing your signature drink a breeze.

The Formula

Big-Batch Cocktail Formula
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If you're anything like me, you might be wary about anything that involves math-adjacent words like "formula" or "equation." But don't panic! This modifiable recipe is incredibly easy to follow and remember:

3 Parts Juice + 1 Part Spirit + Accent to Taste

Seriously, that's it. You're just three ingredients and a pitcher away from a deliciously boozy beverage that'll please everyone at your event.

Need a little more explanation? Let's say you're planning a pool party and want to make a quick, summery drink for a crowd. Here's one approach: Make an elevated screwdriver by combining three cups of orange juice and 1 cup of vodka in a pitcher. Mix in some fresh fruit or herbs, then give the flavors time to meld before your guests arrive. It doesn't get much easier than that, folks.


Pitchers of Lemonade, Tea, and Juice
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Spark your creativity with one of these fruity ideas:

Grapefruit Juice + Vodka + Rosemary

Combine 3 parts Ruby Red grapefruit juice with 1 part vodka. Add fresh rosemary sprigs to taste. Stir. Cover and let sit (at least an hour) in the fridge before serving.

Pineapple Juice + Rum + Jalapenos

Combine 3 parts pineapple juice with 1 part white rum. Add fresh jalapeno slices to taste (leave in some seeds for a spicier drink). Stir. Cover and let sit (at least an hour) in the fridge before serving.

Limeade + Tequila + Orange Liqueur

Combine 3 parts store-bought limeade with 1 part tequila. Add orange liqueur to taste. Stir. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.


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