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Mama Zappa 07-01-2016 11:20 PM

A pitcherful of tasty adult beverages - suggestions needed
 
I'll be taking some sangria to a block party tomorrow but thought it might be tun to try something else as well - ideas?

My basic sangria recipe is:
1 bottle sweet-ish red wine
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brandy
And throw in fruit etc.

Or a light sangria_
1 bottle sweetish white wine
1/2 cup liqueur (orange, peach schnapps or whatever)
1/2 cup complementary juice e.g. peach nectar

Strangely, the light sangria is better when mixed with Sprite or ginger ale.

TriPolar 07-02-2016 02:50 AM

You can use a melon as a container. A pumpkin works well too but you might not find one this time of year.

SeaDragonTattoo 07-02-2016 02:52 AM

Super easy stuff this lazy entertainer has made:

Iced tea with peach schnapps
Lemonade with bourbon (and a little vanilla extract)
Citrus sangria (red or white works) with fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit plus all the bits
Easy to make spritzers with 50/50 apple juice and hard cider

GrumpyBunny 07-02-2016 08:13 AM

Pimm's cup.

(Adjust amounts to taste)
  • 1 part Pimm’s
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • Sprig mint (optional)
  • Apple slice (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 parts lemon (such as San Pellegrino) or lemon-lime soda. I use a mix of both.


Place all of the above in glass or pitcher. Stir a bit. Serve and enjoy.

Pimms itself is low-alcohol, so people won't get smashed on just a couple of glasses. Some recipes add gin, which ups the alcohol level. If you add champagne it becomes a Pimms Royale.

Reluctant A. 07-02-2016 09:19 AM

Sorry, sangria is my most favorite adult beverage. If you're already leading with that, I've got nothing.

quiltguy 07-02-2016 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GrumpyBunny (Post 19449334)
Pimm's cup.

(Adjust amounts to taste)
  • 1 part Pimm’s
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • Sprig mint (optional)
  • Apple slice (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 parts lemon (such as San Pellegrino) or lemon-lime soda. I use a mix of both.


Place all of the above in glass or pitcher. Stir a bit. Serve and enjoy.

Pimms itself is low-alcohol, so people won't get smashed on just a couple of glasses. Some recipes add gin, which ups the alcohol level. If you add champagne it becomes a Pimms Royale.

Skip the cucumber, if I bring some borage leaves(a part of the traditional recipe, or so I'm lead to believe) can I have some?

Oly 07-02-2016 12:20 PM

I have always found the Singapore Sling to be a pitcher-friendly crowd pleaser. It's tropical and Summertime, vibrantly colored and works a peach in pitchers because it's a pain in the ass to make drink by drink. Plus, it's got that retro hip classic cocktail drink geek cred that will let everyone on your block know that you are an understated force to be reckoned with.

Sattua 07-02-2016 02:23 PM

"An understated force to be reckoned with." I love that.

As far as practical experience making cocktails it pitchers, I got nothing, but Ina Garten does have lots of recipes like that.

Mama Zappa 07-02-2016 02:24 PM

Yummm on the Pimm's and the Singapore sling. I'm going with the Pimm's for now as it requires fewer ingredients we don't keep around. The guy at the liquor store was wondering how it was served. I guess it isn't a big seller.

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jnglmassiv 07-02-2016 04:07 PM

For something more cocktail-y, consider whiskey sours.

IBA's recipe
3 parts whiskey (I use bourbon)
2 parts lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
Egg white

Shake and pour over ice.
I take mine far less sweet but add a couple dashes of bitters.

silenus 07-02-2016 05:17 PM

No need to get real complicated either. Right now I'm sipping a very nice punch that is merely Simply™ Tropical juice blend, some maraschino cherry juice from the jar, and a fuckload of vodka.

I love summer vacation!

burpo the wonder mutt 07-02-2016 05:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeaDragonTattoo (Post 19449168)
Super easy stuff this lazy entertainer has made:

Iced tea with peach schnapps
Lemonade with bourbon (and a little vanilla extract)
Citrus sangria (red or white works) with fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit plus all the bits
Easy to make spritzers with 50/50 apple juice and hard cider

Fuzzy navels.

GrumpyBunny 07-03-2016 08:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mama Zappa (Post 19449989)
Yummm on the Pimm's and the Singapore sling. I'm going with the Pimm's for now as it requires fewer ingredients we don't keep around. The guy at the liquor store was wondering how it was served. I guess it isn't a big seller.

For the most part, only Anglophiles or those who've been to Wimbledon tend to know what it's for.

Hope it's a hit!



Quote:

Originally Posted by quiltguy (Post 19449502)
Skip the cucumber, if I bring some borage leaves(a part of the traditional recipe, or so I'm lead to believe) can I have some?

Sure! I'll leave the cucumbers as an optional garnish in the glass for anyone who wants one.

Munch 07-03-2016 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GrumpyBunny (Post 19449334)
Pimm's cup.

(Adjust amounts to taste)
  • 1 part Pimm’s
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • Sprig mint (optional)
  • Apple slice (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 parts lemon (such as San Pellegrino) or lemon-lime soda. I use a mix of both.

Place all of the above in glass or pitcher. Stir a bit. Serve and enjoy.

Pimms itself is low-alcohol, so people won't get smashed on just a couple of glasses. Some recipes add gin, which ups the alcohol level. If you add champagne it becomes a Pimms Royale.

Is that first cucumber supposed to be lime?

Cub Mistress 07-03-2016 08:58 PM

Bacardi REDRUM Punch sounds pretty good to me!
Ingredients:

¾ part BACARDÍ® Limón
¾ part BACARDÍ® Raspberry
¾ part BACARDÍ® Superior Rum
½ part Grenadine
2 parts Sweet & Sour
1 part Cranberry Juice

Method:

Pour all ingredients into a chilled punch bowl filled with ice blocks. Stir with a ladle and garnish with mint leaves, lemon wheels, and fresh raspberries. Serve into glasses with a lemon wedge and a fragrant sprig of mint.

This would probably work well with flavored vodkas, too.

bump 07-03-2016 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GrumpyBunny (Post 19449334)
Pimm's cup.

(Adjust amounts to taste)
  • 1 part Pimm’s
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • Sprig mint (optional)
  • Apple slice (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 parts lemon (such as San Pellegrino) or lemon-lime soda. I use a mix of both.


Place all of the above in glass or pitcher. Stir a bit. Serve and enjoy.

Pimms itself is low-alcohol, so people won't get smashed on just a couple of glasses. Some recipes add gin, which ups the alcohol level. If you add champagne it becomes a Pimms Royale.

If you're going to do it proper English style, it should have nearly as much fruit as liquor in the punchbowl.

Pimm's Cup is awesome on a hot summer day though. Probably the best single thing I learned about on my study-abroad.

MrDibble 07-04-2016 06:36 AM

You can always try catemba (kalimotxo). Red wine & coke. Maybe a little anise or lemon or other liquor added as well. Way better than you'd think.

kayaker 07-04-2016 06:53 AM

Beergaritas are nice.

A 12 ounce can of limeade mixed with 12 ounces of water, tequila, and beer.

bump 07-05-2016 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 19452784)
Beergaritas are nice.

A 12 ounce can of limeade mixed with 12 ounces of water, tequila, and beer.

Why bother with the beer? You're like 90% of the way to a margarita right there.

kayaker 07-05-2016 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bump (Post 19455828)
Why bother with the beer? You're like 90% of the way to a margarita right there.

On a hot summer day they are more guzzleable than margaritas.

kayaker 07-05-2016 04:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrDibble (Post 19452769)
You can always try catemba (kalimotxo). Red wine & coke. Maybe a little anise or lemon or other liquor added as well. Way better than you'd think.

I think you've mentioned this before. I finally tried one this past weekend and I really liked it. I've made "wine spritzers" before (wine and carbonated water) but the Coke really ramped the taste up a notch.

Thanks, and cheers!

burpo the wonder mutt 07-05-2016 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 19452784)
Beergaritas are nice.

A 12 ounce can of limeade mixed with 12 ounces of water, tequila, and beer.

"Wasting away, again, in Beegaritaville..."

I'll work on it and get back to ya.

bump 07-05-2016 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 19455966)
On a hot summer day they are more guzzleable than margaritas.

I'll have to try that then! Thanks for the tip!

I assume some kind of light lager, like Modelo Especial or Tecate is appropriate?

kayaker 07-05-2016 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bump (Post 19456609)
I'll have to try that then! Thanks for the tip!

I assume some kind of light lager, like Modelo Especial or Tecate is appropriate?

Yep, it's mostly there for the dilution effect, bubbles, and a beery taste.

MrDibble 07-06-2016 04:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 19455972)
I think you've mentioned this before. I finally tried one this past weekend and I really liked it. I've made "wine spritzers" before (wine and carbonated water) but the Coke really ramped the taste up a notch.

Thanks, and cheers!

My pleasure. Can't wait for summer - it's currently glühwein and glögi season here, not sangria season.

kayaker 07-06-2016 05:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrDibble (Post 19456944)
glühwein

When my brother lived in Germany, he told me about buying it on the street around Xmas.

MrDibble 07-06-2016 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayaker (Post 19456992)
When my brother lived in Germany, he told me about buying it on the street around Xmas.

Yep - mulled wine is a popular vended drink in Paris, Helsinki, Geneva and Tallinn as well, in my (tasty, tasty) experience. Best glögi I've had was the medieval Christmas market in Tallinn Old Town, heavy on the bitter orange and they did various flavours like cherry. I also liked the vin chaud from the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market - went well with roasted chestnuts.

orderfire 07-06-2016 08:51 AM

My recent fave is 1 part dark rum, 2 parts seltzer and 1 part pineapple juice. Not too sweet, very quenching and summery.

gazpacho 07-06-2016 01:41 PM

I always associate Pimm's cup with New Orleans.

Omar Little 07-06-2016 03:01 PM

I love a good Pimm's Cup, but instead of the lime soda, I use alcoholic ginger beer.

Mama Zappa 07-06-2016 11:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cub Mistress (Post 19452289)
...
2 parts Sweet & Sour
...
This would probably work well with flavored vodkas, too.

What exactly is Sweet & Sour? Never mind, I guess it's something like this.

A neighbor brought something that seemed to be based on various flavored liquors. I'm trying to get the recipe from him. He said it called for (among others) melon liqueur which he tried, and found vile, so he left that out.

amarinth 07-07-2016 02:06 AM

Paloma:
Grapefruit juice, lime juice, soda, and tequila over ice. Or if you're feeling a bit lazy, grapefruit soda and tequila.

bump 07-07-2016 09:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amarinth (Post 19459574)
Paloma:
Grapefruit juice, lime juice, soda, and tequila over ice. Or if you're feeling a bit lazy, grapefruit soda and tequila.

I actually prefer the grapefruit soda (Jarritos) version, as long as lime juice is added as well. The grapefruit juice isn't sweet enough, and gets bitter fast.

Mojitos are hard to beat though, even if they're a bit cliched.

Muddle some mint in the bottom of a collins glass (or highball glass, I suppose). Add 2 oz light rum, about 1 oz simple syrup, and 1 oz lime juice. Stir it together well, add ice, and fill up the rest of the way (or as much as you like) with seltzer/club soda, and give it another gentle stir.

If you want it to be gorgeous looking (doesn't affect the taste), strain out the mint pieces before adding the ice, leaving the mint-infused syrup/rum/lime juice in the glass, and continue as before. Garnish with a mint spring.

kayaker 07-07-2016 09:22 AM

A friend offered me a "ghetto julep" from a pitcher this past weekend. It was kind of good

He filled a pitcher with ice, poured in Tom Tucker Mint Ginger Ale and Bourbon. That was it.

Lukeinva 07-07-2016 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GrumpyBunny (Post 19449334)
Pimm's cup.

(Adjust amounts to taste)
  • 1 part Pimm’s
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • Sprig mint (optional)
  • Apple slice (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 parts lemon (such as San Pellegrino) or lemon-lime soda. I use a mix of both.


Place all of the above in glass or pitcher. Stir a bit. Serve and enjoy.

Pimms itself is low-alcohol, so people won't get smashed on just a couple of glasses. Some recipes add gin, which ups the alcohol level. If you add champagne it becomes a Pimms Royale.

Had this before and it is a great summer refreshing drink.

Nava 07-08-2016 02:55 AM

Madre de Dios, someone actually beat me to calimocho!

Legend has it it was created by a Spanish student in the US who found himself being asked for sangria and without the base ingredient gaseosa, a clear lemony soda not as sweet as Sprite. He substituted Cocacola.


Slammer / machacao: beer, lemon soda, slam the glass on the counter for extra fizz (hence the name).

MacLir 07-11-2016 09:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nava (Post 19462245)
Slammer / machacao: beer, lemon soda, slam the glass on the counter for extra fizz (hence the name).

That sounds like one of the many variations of shandy - beer mixed with soda or a fruit ade. Most common are ginger ale or lemonade - yours kind of splits the difference.

Lately there has been a surge of brewers producing it in a larger variety, as a pre-made product. Yum :p

wigwag 07-11-2016 10:05 PM

Pimms, yum. We had a pitcher-full at my kid's grad a few weeks ago. A measly £19, in contrast to the £45 and £75 bottles of bubbly the posh, and wannabe posh, parents were shelling out for.

My cocktail of the moment is a Lavender Piscine, though after having recently made twenty of them at a party, I wouldn't recommend them for a crowd.

Make giant ice cubes in giant ice cube trays from lavender tea.
Put an ice cube in a large, fancy wine glass.
Add 1 oz Herbes de Provence simple syrup.
Top with champagne (or dry sparkling wine, if not posh).
Garnish with a sprig of lavender.

Doug K. 07-11-2016 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mama Zappa (Post 19449039)
I'll be taking some sangria to a block party tomorrow but thought it might be tun to try something else as well - ideas?

My basic sangria recipe is:
1 bottle sweet-ish red wine
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brandy
And throw in fruit etc.

Or a light sangria_
1 bottle sweetish white wine
1/2 cup liqueur (orange, peach schnapps or whatever)
1/2 cup complementary juice e.g. peach nectar

Strangely, the light sangria is better when mixed with Sprite or ginger ale.

Don't you mean aromatized wine-based drink? Or are you flying to Spain or Portugal to make it? ;) Hate for you to get in trouble with Europol.

Mama Zappa 07-12-2016 09:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doug K. (Post 19470707)
Don't you mean aromatized wine-based drink? Or are you flying to Span or Portugal to make it? ;) Hate for you to get in trouble with Europol.

:D

I think that's only a problem if I'm bottling it. Oh well, if I fly to Europe some time and arrest me on arrival I guess we'll know :D.


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