An excellent pitcher cocktail for a party.
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This was a recipe born out of necessity. For Amanda’s bridal shower, one of her friends bought a mix of margaritas…which was downed by the guests in about a half hour. So I got to work making homemade ones with the 80 zillion limes that Becky had left over. They actually turned out quite well, even if they aren’t anything too fancy.
I tried out two new drink recipes for the Ladiez Dinner party, both from this WaPo article on muddled drinks: Watermelon Smash and Black & Blue Mojito. But I adapted them to be pitcher cocktails rather than individual drinks, which led to a little cheating – I blended rather than muddled the initial ingredients. Take that for what you will.
For each recipe, I quadrupled the amounts, used the blender, often added a little extra soda water, and chilled in pitchers. Served with ice and specified garnishes.
The Black & Blue was more of a hit than the watermelon one, which had a bit of a harsh taste from the cachaca.
Do I think these drinks would be better if you stuck to the individual prep/muddling technique? Yes. Is this a lazy alternative for a group setting? Indeed.
I’ve made this drink in pitchers on a couple of occasions, based on a drink I had once at the Source, but it’s been at least a year since I’ve done it. I remember the basic ingredients (blueberry vodka, sage, sour mix), and sinch I just made a batch of sage simple syrup, it seemed like a good bet for Sunday Night Cocktails. I’ve adapted the recipe a bit for a one-person drink, and there’s still some room for improvisation here.
The name needs a little work. But John just invented this drink for me and I’m loving it, so I need at least a placeholder. Very refreshing on a (you guessed it) hot summer night like tonight.
I now reveal — this year’s homemade Christmas gift! I actually made a few people tarragon vinegar as well, but this was the star gift. Slightly more labor intensive than last year’s limoncello, maybe, but really the same principle. Again, a Cooking Light recipe. The color is so pretty for gifts! I tripled the recipe below – doing so added up to about 10 bottles’ worth (of the size I had).