What better way to end the summer cookout then drinks with family and friends that evening while lounging out in the sunset after intense rounds of bags or volleyball or some hoops in the backyard? Or even better, maybe you’re enjoying rounds of your favorite drink mix at a pop-up bar you and your gathering have set up. That’s right, you can be your own bartender with your own bar if public bars aren’t accessible right now for you and your summer hangouts.
So grab some good 5.5 oz heavy base side water jars, drinking jars, vibe rocks, a 13 oz Hi-Ball, or other quality glass jelly jars and get into these various jar cocktails! You might find that you like it better than your favorite batch at your local bar or frequented restaurant.
Lucky Guy is a cocktail everyone will love. Who doesn’t like Patron? (Well, we won’t judge you if you don’t. That’s why we have more recipes in this article just for you!)
1.5 oz Patron Silver (tequila)
.5 oz blue curaçao
3 oz orange juice
Pour your ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake well, then strain into your jars filled with ice.
Everyone has heard of a sangria, even those who don’t drink. Its notoriety just attests to its flavor. The bonus with this drink is that you can modify it in so many ways based on preference and novelty.
This particular cocktail jar recipe makes approximately six servings, which is perfect for those smaller gatherings or just one shared by the immediate family in your home.
1 bottle of wine: No matter if you go with red, white, or rosé, cabernet, merlot or shiraz, take your pick and get going! Why not pick and choose about 2 to 3 different types to suit your summer gathering? Just think about the other flavors and make ingredient adjustments accordingly.
1 cup orange juice: This is the typical option, but, again, you can side with another type if you want to have some fun! Maybe even try lemonade, an equally summer branded drink.
¼ cup liquor: Typically, brandy is the choice, but whisky or vodka can work too.
Chopped and peeled fruit: The choices are again endless for this, especially in such a bountiful time as the summer when all sorts of produce are in their prime season. Some people like to make a July 4th sangria edition and put strawberries, apples, and blueberries in this recipe. You may reserve this particular cocktail recipe to do the same or go ahead and do it now! Showing love for your place of living can be any day.
1 can sparkling water, lemon-lime soda, basic club soda, or even prosecco: These create the bubbles: Yes, this is important for Sangria. Just remember to wait on adding anything carbonated until just before serving since it will go flat if it sits for several hours.
1 thinly sliced lemon: This acts as the optional garnish.
6 glass cocktail jars
Pour the wine, juice, and liquor into a large pitcher and mix well. Set aside.
Evenly distribute the fruit between your jars
Pour the wine mixture into the jars, filling each to the 1 cup line. Give each a good stir and muddle the fruit a bit.
Screw the lids on and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, add ice and top off with sparkling water (or other carbonated source) and a slice of lemon.
Dark and Stormy
This is sure to be a win-over with the older gentlemen crowd. Or maybe you have a distinguished taste of your own. Even the drink’s name is distinguished. With three simple ingredients (the classics are always simple), why not give it a shot? (And yes, that was all puns intended.)
2 oz dark rum
3.25 oz ginger beer
Lime wedge for optional garnish
1 glass jar
In a cocktail jar filled with ice, add rum and ginger beer. Add a few dashes of bitters, garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy!
Now that you have some different option varied in time, skills, and taste, you can be confident you’ll have a cocktail that suits everyone!