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How to Batch Cocktails

Learn how to pre-make big batch cocktail recipes when you're hosting a party! From weddings, casual get-togethers, and even holidays you can easily turn most cocktails into a big batch to serve a crowd!
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Author: Michelle Ferrand
Course: cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: big batch, cocktail party, holiday, pre-make
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 servings


  • cocktail ingredients
  • ice
  • water


Calculate the amount of dilution

  • Make one serving of the cocktail you want to turn into a big batch (original recipe), without ice. No shaking, stirring or adding ice in any manner.
  • Measure how many ounces the cocktail makes and make a note of it. This is the first weight.
  • Now add ice to the 1 serving cocktail you just measured.
  • Shake or stir with ice according to the original recipe.
  • Strain the ice from the cocktail and remeasure in ounces and make a note of it. This is the second weight.
  • Subtract the first weight of the cocktail from the second weight of the cocktail. The number that remains is the amount of water per serving you'll add to the big batch cocktail.

Make the big batch cocktail

  • Decide how many servings of the original recipe you want to make.
  • Calculate how much of each ingredient you'll need (including the water for dilution).
  • Start by adding the liquor to a large container.
  • Then the more flavorful ingreidnets (like bitters, citrus, etc.)
  • Add the water for dilution.
  • If using, add the bubbles right before serving.
  • Taste the big batch cocktail and adjust the ingredients as needed.
  • Store in the refrigerator before serving!
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  • This is an example recipe on how to batch a negroni cocktail. Follow these steps to figure out the amount of water you'll need to dilute your big batch cocktail with.