Thursday, July 31, 2014

Are You Tired of Being a Bartender at Your Social Events?

     Here is an idea.  make up some cocktails by the batch in large volumes that you can put in pitchers and let the guests serve themselves.   I've done this with several different types of cocktails from rum punches to Hurricanes all made in an approximately 1 to 2 gallon containers.   Making up a gallon of cocktail and putting it into a self-dispensing container in advance of the event will free up a lot of your time as the host.

     Simple punches are a great way to start if you haven't made large batch cocktails before.   You just pick a simple white rum, and add fruit juices and allow sliced fruit pieces to float in the punch bowl with the cocktail.  You get to be creative with both the stuff you put in the punch, but how you present it with the floating fruit garnishes.

     It doesn't matter if your summer party is by the pool, on the patio or the back of the boat, a good large batch cocktail will allow you to enjoy the party along with your guests.   Here is an idea for a great summer cocktail that will lend itself nicely to a large batch preparation.

Bahama Bob's Party Mai Tai
  • 1 750 ml Bottle of White Rum
  • 1 750 ml Bottle of Dark Rum
  • 1 750 ml Bottle of Dry Curacao
  • 1 pint of Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 pint of Orgeat
  • 1/2 pint of Sugar in the Raw Cane Syrup
Place all of the ingredients into a large self dispensing container, stir or shake until well mixed.   Add 10 to 20 orange rinds and fill with ice approximately 30 minutes before the start of the party and let your guests enjoy a fine Mai Tai while you get to be a social host instead of being behind the bar for the event.

     I hope you enjoy your summer party and you get to have some fun as well by making your cocktails in large batches.  ;o)