Big Batching cocktails is a skill you should have in your repertoire

Big batch cocktails are a great way to make large quantities of cocktails at one time. This is perfect for parties or events where you need to serve a lot of people. To make a big batch cocktail, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need. For example, if you are making a punch for 30 people, you would use 3 times the amount of ingredients listed in the recipe. Be sure to mix everything together well so that the flavours are evenly distributed.

There are a few cocktails that are easy to make in bulk and don’t require too much effort. The most popular ones are the Margarita, the Daiquiri, and the Pina Colada. All of these cocktails can be made with just a few ingredients and don’t require any special bartending skills.
The Margarita is the most popular of the three, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a refreshing and tangy drink that can be made with just tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. To make a big batch, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of people you’re serving.

The Daiquiri is another refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer parties. It’s made with rum, lime juice, and sugar, and can be easily multiplied for a larger crowd. If you want to get fancy, you can add some fresh fruit to your Daiquiris for an extra touch of flavour.
Finally, the Pina Colada, this cocktail too is suited to big batch mixing – again it is a very popular summery mixer and the simplicity of this recipe makes it a doddle for a party – adjust quantities for smaller parties.

How to batch prepare cocktails that are shaken and are to be served straight up?

Although many of us confuse Punches as Big Batch cocktails, punches and big batch cocktails are not the same thing. Punches are typically made with a base of fruit juice or wine, while big batch cocktails are typically made with a base of liquor. Punches are usually served in a bowl or pitcher, while big batch cocktails are usually served in a punch bowl. Punches are typically less alcoholic than big batch cocktails.

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How to begin to batch your drinks in advance

When you are hosting a party, you want to be able to enjoy yourself as well. Batching your cocktails in advance will help with that. You can make a big batch of one cocktail or several different kinds. Make sure to have all of your ingredients pre-measured and ready to go. If you are using fresh fruits or herbs, muddle them ahead of time and add them to the batch. If you are using bitters, add them last so they don’t lose their potency. Give your cocktails a good stir and then refrigerate until party time. Even if you are not mixing the cocktails the previous night, it’s a good idea to refrigerate the liqueurs and bitters so that you have them chilled and ready to mix when you start mixing the big batches in the morning of the party date.

Choose a cocktail recipe that can be easily multiplied, such as a punch or a pitcher drink. Make a large batch of the cocktail base ahead of time, then add fresh ingredients and serve when guests arrive. This will help you avoid having to make individual drinks all night long, and your guests will appreciate being able to help themselves to a refreshing drink.

How to batch prepare cocktails that are shaken and are to be served straight up?

There are a few things to keep in mind when batch preparing cocktails that are shaken and served straight up. First, it is important to make sure all of the ingredients are properly chilled before beginning to mix them. This will help ensure that the drink is properly cooled and not watered down by ice cubes melting too quickly. Second, it is important to use a large enough container to hold all of the ingredients without spilling. A pitcher or punch bowl works well for this purpose. Finally, it is important to shake the mixture thoroughly before pouring it into glasses. This will help ensure that the flavours are properly mixed and not settled at the bottom of the glass.

How far in advance can you batch cocktails?

You can batch cocktails up to two weeks in advance. To do so, simply combine all of the ingredients (excluding any garnishes) in a large container and store it in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, give the mixture a good stir and pour into glasses. Add any garnishes you like and enjoy!

The rule of thumb is pre-mix all liquors and liqueurs in advance but leave out the bitters and fruits and garnishes and even juices until the night before or even better, add all of them the same morning or right ahead of the party.

Can you really not batch cocktails with bitters?

Not recommended, but Batching cocktails with bitters is a great way to save time and effort when making drinks for a large group of people. By pre-mixing the bitters with other ingredients, you can make a large batch of cocktails that will be ready to drink in no time. This is especially useful for parties or other events where you need to make a lot of drinks quickly.
There are a few things to keep in mind when batching cocktails with bitters. First, bitters can vary greatly in strength, so it’s important to start with a small amount and adjust as needed. Second, bitters can quickly overpower other flavours, so it’s important to use them sparingly. Finally, bitters can settle over time, so it’s best to stir them occasionally to keep the drink evenly mixed.

Does alcohol settle to the bottom if a batch cocktail is kept bottled and refrigerated for too long?

If a batch cocktail is kept bottled and refrigerated for too long, the alcohol may float to the top. This can happen because the different ingredients in the cocktail have different densities, so the heavier ones (like the bitters and even water) will sink to the bottom while the lighter ones float on top. Alcohol having a specific gravity lower than water, If you shake the bottle before serving, this will help to mix everything back together again.

How to muddle garnishes for the batch?

Muddling in bulk is a great way to make cocktails for a large group of people. To muddle in bulk, you will need a large container, such as a pitcher or punch bowl. Place the fruit, herbs, and other ingredients into the container and gently muddle them together. Be careful not to over-muddle, as this can make the cocktails taste bitter. Once the ingredients are well-mixed, add the alcohol and stir gently to combine. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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Essential Oils from Herbs and Fruits for Cocktails

How to effectively extract essential oils from lime peel or mint leaves while muddling?

To be sure that the essential oils from lime or mint are successfully extracted when muddling them for cocktails, it is best to use fresh and organic fruit. If using dried herbs, it is best to crush them slightly before adding them to the cocktail. Muddling gently will also help to release the oils.
Muddling lightly and repeatedly effectively warming up the peel or leaves a bit is the key to efficient extraction of essential oils.
What is the best alcohol to juice/mixer ratio for a cocktail, specially when mixing in bulk?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on personal preferences. Some people prefer a higher alcohol to juice ratio in their cocktails, while others prefer a more balanced ratio. There are also many different ways to make big batch cocktails, so the best alcohol to juice ratio will vary depending on the recipe. Ultimately it is up to the person making the cocktail to decide what ratio they prefer. However, to make a cocktail that is neither too watered down nor too strong, a 2 parts juice to 1 part alcohol is usually the best ratio. So for each 5 cl Vodka in a batch of Screwdriver add 10 cl of Orange Juice, and you’ll like it.

There are many cocktails that you can search using our Cocktail Builder or searching for “Punches” and other Fruity cocktails that are best suited for Big Batch blending and storage, most fruity summer cocktails with regular citrus and Rum or Vodka or with exotic fruits suit the Big Batch cocktails best.

Why do we call a mixed drink a cocktail?

There are several origin theories as noted in Difford's Guide, the two most plausible theories are here
The first relates to cocking up poor quality booze with herbs, bitters and mixes, as Cocktail historian David Wondrich writes “if you had an old horse you were trying to sell, you would put some ginger up it’s butt, and it would cock it’s tail up and be frisky. That was known as cock-tail.”

The second theory states that in an Mexican tavern, English sailors noticed that mixed drinks were stirred with the root of a plant known as cola de gallo, or cock's tail in English. The name came to England with the sailors and then to the USA.

  • Simple Guide to Cocktail Glasswareany-glass

    When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
    Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
    A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
    B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
    C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
    D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
    E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
    F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
    G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
    H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
    I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
    J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.

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