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As far as I’m concerned, pitcher cocktails are a must for when you’re having friends over – I mean, who wants to stand there mixing drinks one by one all night? They’re ideal for brunch parties, barbecues, and basically any occasion when you’re entertaining more than one person.
I have only two rules for concocting pitcher cocktails: the first is to choose universally-loved booze and flavors, since presumably all your friends will be drinking it. The second is that the cocktail should be low-octane and easy to drink (that means no Old Fashioned’s, Don Draper), because pitcher cocktails are meant to be sipped all party long; this rule is doubly true if you’re hosting a daytime party.
This Lillet-Grapefruit Spritzer is my go-to pitcher drink. It’s pretty, refreshing, not too sweet, and thus dangerously drinkable, making it perfect for summertime hangouts that seamlessly go from day to night.
This Lillet-Grapefruit Spritzer is pretty, refreshing, and not too sweet. If you don’t love grapefruit, use an orange instead for a twist on the classic Mimosa.
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (1 large grapefruit), plus extra grapefruit slices for serving
- 3/4 cup Lillet Blanc
- 3/4 cup dry sparkling wine, like champagne, prosecco, or cava
Fill a pitcher with ice and add the grapefruit juice and Lillet. Stir to combine and gently top with the sparkling wine. Serve over ice, garnished with grapefruit slices, if desired.
- Calories: 76