How to Make Bourbon Cocktails by the Pitcher

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How to Make Bourbon Cocktails by the Pitcher

Making craft cocktails by the pitcher instead of by the glass not only ensures that the drinks will keep flowing but that you won’t have to spend half the day muddling, measuring, and shaking while everyone else has a good time.  


A classic old-fashioned has become one of the top cocktails in the world. While it’s not considerably time-consuming to make, you can still eliminate a few steps by making it in bulk.

Single Serving Recipe:
A few dashes of bitters
1 teaspoon of simple syrup (syrup instead of sugar helps you avoid muddling)
1 splash of water or club soda
1.5-2 ounces of bourbon

Old Fashioned Pitcher Recipe:
(A 32-ounce pitcher holds about 16 servings)
2 ½ tablespoons of bitters
About ⅔ cup of simple syrup (to taste)
1-2 cups of water or club soda (to taste)
Full bottle of your favorite Lux Row Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

In the bottom of the pitcher, add all the ingredients and stir. Before the party, get-together, or just a great night at home, prep some orange peel slices, muddle some fruit, and open a bottle of cherries. Just be sure to put all prep ingredients into lid-tight containers and place them in the fridge to help the ingredients hold their oils and flavors until they’re ready to be used. Pro tip: don’t put ice in the pitcher while it’s in the fridge, or you’ll water down the drink.

When you’re ready to serve, add one big ice cube to a cocktail glass, a little muddled orange and cherry, and pour. Add a peel for garnish and enjoy!

Invented in New York City in the early 1870s, the Manhattan is a classic that never goes out of style. Today, it’s perfected by you wherever you are in the world, by the pitcher-full.

Single Serving Recipe:
2 ounces Ezra 99
.75 ounce sweet vermouth
1 dash of bitters

Manhattan Pitcher Recipe:
(A 32-ounce pitcher holds about 10 servings)
About 2 ½ cups of Ezra 99
About 1 cup of vermouth
About 3 ⅓ tablespoons of bitters

Put all ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Taste to see if you should add a bit more of any of the ingredients. Once happy, place it in the fridge until it’s time to serve. For garnish, you can go with a classic cherry on a toothpick (or skip the toothpick and plant a bourbon cherry in the bottom of the glass). Serve chilled in a rocks or martini glass—ice by preference.

Mint Julep Recipe
Whether it’s for the Kentucky Derby or because it’s a darn refreshing cocktail, making a big batch of mint julep is a clutch move for not missing out.

Single Serving Recipe:
2 ounces Rebel 100
.75 ounce simple syrup
6-8 fresh mint leaves

Mint Julep Pitcher Recipe
(A 32-ounce pitcher holds about 8 servings)
2 cups Rebel 100
¾ cup simple syrup
3-4 handfuls of mint leaves

For a single recipe, muddling mint leaves in a glass isn’t a huge ordeal; for this many, though, you might want to get a mixing bowl. Add the mint leaves to the bowl and muddle. To make it a little easier, you can add half the simple syrup to the leaves and muddle them together. If preparing ahead of time, add the muddled mint into the bottom of the pitcher, add remaining syrup and the Rebel 100, stir well.

On the day of serving, add crushed ice to a glass, pour the mint julep into it, stir, then add more crushed ice and a mint leaf for garnish.

Bourbon Whiskey Margaritas
Margaritas by the pitcher-full are nothing new. But, if you’re looking to put a bourbon twist on them, this recipe can help.

Single Serving Recipe:
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce agave syrup or simple syrup
2 ounces of Daviess County Bourbon
Fresh sprig of mint (optional)
Lime wheel (optional)
Salt for the rim of a glass (optional)

Bourbon Whiskey Pitcher Recipe:
(A 32-ounce pitcher holds about 8 servings)
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup agave syrup or simple syrup
2 cups Daviess County Bourbon
Mint and lime wheel for garnish (optional)
Salt for rims of glasses (optional)

In a cocktail shaker, add lime juice, syrup, bourbon, and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a pitcher and put in the fridge (don’t leave the ice in the pitcher unless serving soon). You may need to do multiple rounds of this to fill the pitcher. On the day you serve, add salt to the rim of glasses, fill with margarita, add ice and garnish.

Need more ideas? Visit our Recipes page. For making cocktails by the pitcher, consider the size of your pitcher and the total ounces of a single serving drink. Divide the number of ounces in the pitcher by the number of ounces in the single-serving drink. Multiply the recipe by that number.

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