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Get grilling and mix up some summertime drinks

As we all know, the summer season is very much upon us. With that comes plenty of outdoor barbecues with family and friends. What better way to complement your grilled meats and vegetables than with some great cocktails?

When coming up with recipes for cocktails to serve at your barbecues this summer, it’s important to consider all of the different elements around you. The weather, the food you’ll be serving, spirits and mixers that complement grilled flavors — these are all important parts of putting together the perfect drinks for you and your friends and family to enjoy this summer.

The most important thing to remember? It’s warm out — really warm — so making cold drinks will be extra refreshing, not only with the warm weather, but with the warm food as well. Because food at a barbecue tends to be a little on the heavier side with all the grilled meats and creamy salads and sides, having light, refreshing drinks is really the best way to go. Bogging drinks down with more heaviness won’t be as enjoyable as something light and fresh to cut through those heavier flavors. A base spirit and a few fresh and slightly sweet ingredients are all you’ll need to complement all that delicious BBQ.

— Sara Kay, The Spir.it


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.