By Kelli Acciardo

Published on October 7, 2017

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Photography by THE REGAL

“Drinks need to be served fast at get togethers, so you don’t have a line waiting at the bar,” says celebrity event planner Bronson van Wyck, who has organized countless soirees for major power players like Beyoncé and Queen Noor of Jordan. “Serving pre-batched cocktails in pitchers and other oversized formats will keep things flowing, and free you from getting stuck in the kitchen.”

Bar carts are also great to have on hand for parties. “Stock them well with everything you need,” adds Bronson. “Glassware, liquors, and mixers—and don’t forget a rainbow of garnishes: fresh basil, fresh rosemary, candied ginger, ripe olives, Luxardo cherries, bright citrus, and Serrano peppers for those who dare.”

With those hostess tips in mind, behold 11 libations guaranteed to quench your thirst and get you tipsy at the same time.

Dos Palomas

Available at The Regal

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz. agave

Method:

  1. Mix well and serve in a cafe.

Summer In The City

Available at The Skylark 

Ingredients:

  • 2.25 oz. crop cucumber vodka
  • 5 oz. St-Germain
  • 3.75 oz. lemon juice
  • 2.5 oz. simple syrup

Method:

  1. Muddle green grapes and basil lead in a tin. Add in all ingredients with ice and shake.
  2. Strain in a tall glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and grape basil leaves.
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Sweet Revenge

Available at Loco Taqueria + Oyster Bar

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz. white rum 
  • 5 muddled kiwi
  • 1.5 oz. watermelon puree
  • 10 oz. lemon juice
  • 5 oz. agave
  • splash of watermelon pucker

Method:

  1.  Mix all together and serve in a hollowed out watermelon.
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Photography by HOTEL CHANTELLE

Gold Standard Punch Bowl

Available at Hotel Chantelle 

Ingredients:

  • 9 oz. Absolut Elyx
  • 1.5 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
  • 1.5 oz. passionfruit
  • 1.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 3 oz. agave

Method:

  1. Shake. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lemon peel.

Rattleskull Punch

Available at Cane & Table

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 cups Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross)
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 cups cinnamon tea
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 2 cups porter/stout beer

Method:

  1.  Grate the nutmeg into the sugar and sift together. Add lime juice and then slowly incorporate cinnamon tea until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and ladle portions over ice.

Note: For the cinnamon tea, steep six cinnamon sticks in three cups of hot water for 10 minutes, and then strain.

Point Omega

Available at Cure

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Averell Damson
  • 1 cup Martin Miller’s
  • 1/2 cup PF Curacao
  • 1/2 cup Luxardo bitters
  • 6 oz. spring water

Method:

  1. Pour 3 oz. into a freshly iced double old fashioned glass.
  2. Add 14 drops Peychaud’s bitters.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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The Uno-Dos Punch

Available at Rancho Valencia

Ingredients:

  • 34 oz. Blanco tequila
  • 8.5 oz. St-Germain
  • 4.25 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
  • 12.75 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 4.25 oz. agave
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cucumber (sliced into rounds)
  • 3 limes (sliced into wheels)
  • Basil leaves (1-2/serving)
  • Ice (large blocks if possible)

Method: 

  1. Add all ingredients (except basil leaves) into punch bowl.
  2. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add large blocks of ice.
  3. Garnish with basil leaves, lime wheels, and cucumber slices.
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Ocean Blue Goblet

Available at Sugar Factory

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Blueberry
  • 2 oz. Blueberry Schnapps
  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq
  • 2 oz. Cruzan Raspberry Rum
  • 7 oz. Sprite
  • 7 oz. sour mix
  • 2-3 blue gummy/marshmallow sharks

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the garnish in a shaker with filled ice.
  2. Shake and strain over ice.
  3. Garnish with 2-3 blue gummy sharks.
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Champagne Punch

Available at The Rose Club at The Plaza

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. Nolet Silver gin
  • 32 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 16 oz. Plaza “tropical iced tea”
  • 32 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 bottles Moet NV Champagne

Ice Ring:

  • 8 slices strawberries
  • 1 sliced lemon in rings

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a crystal punch bowl.
  2. Garnish with fresh cut lemon rings and strawberries. Place ice ring mold (created with Bundt pan and fresh lemonade) on top of mixture and serve.
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Hot Brandy and Rum Punch

Available at Waypoint 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Privateer amber rum
  • 1 bottle of Lustau Spanish brandy
  • 1 quart fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups Demerara Oleo Sacchrum
  • 2 cups chamomile/black tea syrup
  • 1 cup La Muse Vert Absinthe

Method:

  1. Batch everything except the hot water.
  2. Pour 3 oz. of punch into a hot tempered punch cup.
  3. Top with 2 oz. hot water.
  4. Garnish with orange peel and star anise.
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Fountain of Youth

Available at Committee

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Keel vodka
  • 3 oz. Cassis
  • 3 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Benedictine D.O.M.

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bucket or crystal jar full of ice cubes.
  2. Stir with a large bar spoon.
  3. Garnish with dehydrated flowers, orange, lemon peels, and any kind of berries. In the end, one bottle of champagne goes upside down in the drink.

See more cocktail recipes: 

Mouthwatering Spiked Cider Recipes To Try For Fall
The Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Cocktails We’re Making This Weekend
Brighten Up The Holidays With These 7 Cocktails

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