Crowd Pleasers for Summer Parties
Beer and wine are easy choices for groups, but what if you want to serve something more original? Enter the pitcher drink.
I am no bartender and even making just one type of drink for a crowd can feel a little frantic. Plus, quality degradation is certain after I’ve sampled a few myself. So this summer I’m going to experiment with pitcher drinks and enlist my willing friends as test-subjects. Here is one winner:
Mix all above except 7-up, cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Stir or shake to mix, then add the 7-up and ice; serve on ice. Makes 8 drinks. Created by Duggan McDonnell and printed in Food & Wine’s Cocktails 2009.
*to make simple syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to boiling until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool, then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Or, buy a bottle at Trader Joe’s for about $3.
This drink is so easy and has an unexpected kick from the Tabasco sauce. You’ll find Pimm’s #1 at most liquor stores, and then you can try out a Pimm’s Cup, a quintessential summer drink.
Bring on the BBQs and afternoons by the pool!