Planning to host a summer party? If you are the host you want to be able to relax with friends and enjoy the party as much as everyone else, not get stuck playing bartender! Meet your new party go-to – the batch cocktail. Make it ahead of time, put it in a big pitcher, pour yourself a drink and let everyone else help themselves as well.
This recipe is inspired from the cookbook The Craft Cocktail Party by Julie Reiner. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with friends, sunshine, good food and bourdon 🙂 This recipe can be scaled depending on how many people are you serving, just figure out the ratio and easily adjust as needed.
Don’t forget to serve it with a block of ice rather than ice cubes, it won’t melt as quickly. Watch my Facebook video here, don’t make the same mistake I did and make the ice cube so big it won’t fit in the pitcher
We never want to drink on an empty stomach so here’s your perfect appetizer pairing- watermelon mint skewers. Watermelon is a delicious way to say hydrated over the summer. Beyond that it has:
The fresh mint adds a punch of flavor that pairs great with the watermelon as well as the bourbon. We usually think of herbs as simply great ways to add flavor but they are packed with health benefits too! Mint is specifically great for summer parties because it helps:
adapted from The Craft Cocktail Party
Peels of 12 lemons
1 cup coconut or turbinado sugar
10 cups water, divided
1 bottle rye whiskey
1 bottle blended Scotch whiskey
10 dashes aromatic bitters (optional)
Large ice block + 1 cup ice cubes.
about 24 skewers
2 lbs watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
24 fresh mint leaves
6 oz feta cheese, cut into small cubes
3 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
Cheers and Enjoy ~ Amanda