When you’re grilling with friends in the neighborhood cookout or throwing a party for the big game, it’s nearly impossible to find the time to mix individual cocktails. To save time, we love to whip up refreshing, summery cocktail recipes by the pitcher-full. Packed with seasonal fruits and herbs, these libations are colorful, fun, and perfect foils to the heat and smoke of flame-kissed grilled foods. And the longer they keep, the more concentrated the fruity and floral flavors become.
Sangria is a perfect cookout pitcher cocktail: with a base of wine, fruit, brandy, and seltzer, sangria is light, refreshing, and just low-alcohol enough to keep sipping all afternoon. Got a super-sized party? Multiply the specs of any of our recipes—as long as you keep the proportions the same, the drink will stay balanced—and build them in a festive punch bowl. From refreshing large-format margaritas to red and white sangrias, we’ve rounded up our favorite pitcher drinks to sip on all summer.