Bloody Mary

Party Pitchers

Written on May 17, 2013 at 11:37 am , by

No one wants to get stuck playing bartender at their own party, but as the hostess with the mostest you still want a “signature shindig cocktail.” Ugh, what a dilemma. Enter our solution–drumroll, please–the party pitcher! Not only are these big-batch cocktails (and mocktails) perfect for any soiree, they’re also super-customizable and allow your guests to help themselves, freeing you up to have fun and par-tay! Take a look at five of our favorite concoctions below. Oh and did we mention that they’re all make-ahead too? Cheers!

Tropical White Sangria

Colorful and fruit-filled sangria pitchers are always a hit at parties, especially when they look as gorgeous and colorful as this one. Play around with different combinations of fruit and infuse for up to 6 hours before serving for optimal flavor.

Get the recipe: Tropical White Sangria 

The Original Bloody Mary

We had to include the Original Bloody Mary since some of the best parties start before noon–hey, no judgment! Impress your guests with an assortment of garnishes like celery, pickles, olives, fruit, shrimp or even oysters!

Get the recipe: The Original Bloody Mary

Pineapple-Lime Cooler

This tequila-spiked cocktail is the perfect solution for a taco night sans the hassle of margaritas. Add in other tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit to make this Pineapple-Lime Cooler even cooler!

Get the recipe: Pineapple-Lime Cooler

Bourbon & Peach Sweet Tea Punch

Hey party people, this punch is for you! Dating back over 300 years, classic punch recipes have be known to feature dozens of ingredients from booze to fruit juices. We kept it simple though and cut off our ingredient list at five–sweetened tea, bourbon, peach nectar, lemon juice and sliced peaches.

Get the recipe: Bourbon & Peach Sweet Tea Punch 

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Don’t leave the kids out of the party pitcher fun with this refreshing non-alcoholic agua fresca (Spanish for “fresh waters”). Popular in Mexico and Central America, our special recipe features one of our favorite summertime fruits, watermelon.

Get the recipe: Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Bloody Good Bloody Marys

Written on April 20, 2013 at 11:30 am , by

 

When I was younger, the idea of drinking tomato juice and alcohol, separately or together, seemed like some sort of method of torture. Somewhere along the way though–perhaps after a few college hangovers–I discovered how refreshing an ice cold, slap-you-in-the-face spicy and spiked tomato juice, also known as a Bloody Mary, can be.

 

 

Part of the fun when ordering a Bloody Mary is that everyone has their own special recipe or variation. From Mexican- to Asian- and Southern-inspired twists, you can find any variety of flavors in this boozy brunch staple. So whip up the original, first served at the St. Regis New York in 1934, then try four of our favorite variations from around the globe! Then, if you’re up for it, or still standing, make up your own version and share it with us in the comments!

Photograph by Jose Picayo

Get the recipes:

1. The Original Bloody Mary
Serve this on its own, or tweak to make the zesty twists like the ones below.

 

2. The Capitol Mary
This briny version–spiked with Old Bay Seasoning and clam juice–from the St. Regis Washington, D.C., tastes like an appetizer-cocktail combo!

 

3. The Bora Mary
The St. Regis Bora Bora adds a sweet and refreshing tropical twists: watermelon juice!

 

4. The Downhill Snapper
Served at the St. Regis Aspen, this springy, citrus-and-herb-spiked drink is inspired by the hotel’s verdant garden.

 

5. The West Paces Mary
Pickled okra juice gives a Southern spin to this tangy take from the St. Regis Atlanta.