9 Big Batch Cocktails Guaranteed to Delight a Crowd

Whip up one of these large batch cocktails or punch recipes pre-festivities, and you'll be free to join the celebration.

Repeat after us: You are the host, not the bartender. But the best way to make sure you don't get trapped mixing drinks all night is to plan ahead, and the best way to plan ahead where bartending is concerned is to turn to big batch drinks and punch recipes. To get you out from behind the bar—with a drink in hand, of course—we've devised a roster of supersized, festive cocktails ranging from a refreshing Minty Moscow Mule to an icy Hard Cider Slush designed to fuel your holiday revelry (or any sort of festivities) without ever requiring a cocktail shaker, a bar spoon, or a muddler.

These batch cocktails range from the sweet to the complex, so there's sure to be a drink to suit your taste—and the vibe of the party. The cocktail mixer options range, too, so your favorite is sure to be included somewhere. And because big batch recipes are so generously proportioned, if you want to make yours a little stronger or a little weaker, you're free to do so. Now go forth and mix.

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Bourbon-Campari Punch

gin cider punch

Christopher Testani

This festive holiday drink (on the right) is pretty to look at (thanks to pomegranate juice) and sweet-tart to drink.

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Red Sangria With Blackberries

Sangria with blackberries

Any red wine works for this sangria. Then add a bit of Brandy, sugar, club soda and lots of fresh fruit.

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Rum and Pineapple Punch

Rum and Pineapple Punch
Robyn Lee

This pineapple punch actually has an apple cider base and gets its kick from both rum and brandy.

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Gin-Cider Punch

gin cider punch

Christopher Testani

This crisp, refreshing drink (on the left) is made with apple cider, gin, and elderflower. Garnish with apples and lemon rounds,

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Golden Ginger-Lemon Vodka Punch

Big batch cocktails - Golden Ginger-Lemon Vodka Punch
Victor Protasio

Talk about a big batch drink: This pretty yellow punch recipe yields 16 cups, so you can hydrate (sort of) a crowd with just twenty minutes of work. The drink does need to chill for at least two hours, so plan ahead with your prep before you start sampling.

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Hard Cider Slushie

Hard Cider Slush
J Muckle; Styling: Rebekah Peppler

Part slushie, part serious cocktail, this cider- and bourbon-spiked treat is guaranteed to get even the most self-serious "grown-ups" grinning. Prep the shaved ice the night before and when it comes to party time, all you'll have to do is scoop and pour.

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Holiday Punch

Big batch cocktails - Holiday Punch Recipe
Jennifer Causey

This Caribbean-inspired punch was created with the holidays in mind, but you can enjoy this dark, complex drink any time of year. The ingredient list is a little long (nine ingredients, including three types of alcohol), but with a 25-serving yield, it's well worth the trip to the store.

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Minty Moscow Mule Punch

Minty Moscow Mule Punch
J Muckle; Styling: Rebekah Peppler

While every bit as smooth and refreshing as the classic vodka cocktail that inspired it, this party-sized version of the Moscow Mule adds one upgrade: a subtle, cool, and inviting note of mint. The spicier your ginger beer, the more fire and bite your punch will have—so choose accordingly.

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White Negroni Punch

White Negroni Punch
J Muckle; Styling: Rebekah Peppler

This electric twist on the Negroni swaps a yellow-hued French herbal liqueur, Suze, in place of the traditional, ruby red Campari—but still maintains the cocktail's signature well-balanced bitterness. If Suze is hard to find in your area, other fortified aperitifs like Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc can be used in its place, though with slightly sweeter results.

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