While I'm a huge fan and advocate of pitcher drinks, it recently came to my attention that I don't own a pitcher! From sangria to lemonade, I plan on making a lot of concoctions this Spring and Summer and it's high time I invested in a sturdy, yet stylish pitcher. Can you help me find one? Here's what I need you to do: search the Internet for pitchers and when you come across something you think I'll like, bookmark it in the Off to Market group in the YumSugar Community. This will allow me to share your discoveries with everyone. It's super easy and really fun, so start looking for pitchers now!
Cocktails taste better when they're enjoyed with good company, but unless you're at a bar, it can take a lot of time to craft a bunch of different beverages. That's why I'm a huge fan of pitcher drinks like sangria and punch. All you have to do is make a large batch, and everyone gets a glass. Over the past year, we've provided you with tons of pitcher drink recipes. Just in time for the holidays and New Year's, I've selected my favorite ten.
Last Thursday I got an email from a girlfriend asking me if I would make mai tais for a party on Friday night. Considering my profession, and the fact that I take pleasure in crafting specialty cocktails for my friends and family to enjoy, this is not an uncommon request. However, her email was more like a quickfire challenge because it wasn't just any old party, it was her rehearsal dinner and 78 people had RSVPed — that's a lot of mai tais. After reading the recipe for Trader Vic's classic mai tai, I started to get nervous. Each cocktail requires 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. If I made enough for everyone to have two drinks (156 cocktails) I would need a lot of limes. It was during this moment of panic that I made an executive decision.
As much as I love using fresh ingredients, premium alcohol, and homemade mixers, in this case, there simply wasn't time. Thus, I took some help from the store. The resulting four gallons of mai tai wasn't the most authentic tiki drink, but it tasted great and did the job at the party! To check out the massive recipe, that's ideal for large, college-style parties, read more
Typically when we go to Dolores Park on a sunny day, everyone brings a bottle (or two, or three) of wine. However, since this picnic is a plan-ahead event — rather than the normal impromptu affair — I'm making a special drink. Fresh-squeezed lemonade comes to mind when I hear the word picnic and this blushing pink version is prefect because it's spiked with vodka and sour cherries. It's a refreshing concoction that screams Summer. If you prefer not to imbibe alcohol, simply omit the vodka and enjoy the cherry lemonade on its own.
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