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These Big-Batch Cocktails Are the Secret to Actually Enjoying Your Own Party


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Hosting a gathering for your friends and loved ones is undeniably satisfying, but the stress of pre-party preparations can beВ daunting enough to prevent you from inviting people over in the first place. That said, we've discovered a simple secret to taking the pressure off: big-batch cocktails. Whether you're hosting a casual Friendsgiving dinner or throwing an elaborate holiday bash, big-batch cocktails are the secret to actually enjoying your own party.

From spiced cranberry rosГ© spritzers to spiked hot chocolate, we're sharing the simple recipes you can make in advance to get the party started. With just a little effort (barely any, really) you can mix up these sippable beverages-and we promise no one will know you're lazy. Ahead is a collection of make-ahead, big-batch cocktail recipes that all but guarantee a stress-free gathering.

Spiced Cranberry RosГ© Spritzers

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The Recipe: Brimming with spiced cranberry jam,В sweet elderflower liquor, and woodsy rosemary, these spiced cranberry rosГ© spritzers are filled with seasonal winter flavors that'll carry you through Friendsgiving to New Year's Eve.

The Serving Tip: Garnish each beverage with a sprig of sugar-coated rosemary for an impressive presentation.

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Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz

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The Recipe: Fresh apple juice, orange liqueur, and sage simple syrup come together in this harvest apple ginger spritz recipe.

The Serving Tip: Top with a splash of sparkling water just before serving so it doesn't lose its fizz. Garnish with aВ twist of orange peel and sage.

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Paloma Fizz

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The Recipe: Made with just three ingredients (tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice, this recipe for an effervescent Paloma fizz can easily be scaled to fill a pitcher.

The Serving Tip: Place coupe glasses and a bowl of edible flowers next to the pitcher of pre-made Palomas and let guests pour and garnish their own beverages.

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Spiced Pumpkin Butter Punch

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The Recipe: Made with apple cider, freshly squeezed orange juice, and brandy, this spiced pumpkin butter punch looks just as festive as it tastes.

The Serving Tip: Add the fizzy ginger beer, pomegranate arils, and fresh apple slices to the punch just before serving.

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Holiday Sangria

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The Recipe:В Holiday sangria, made with sparkling apple cider, fresh cranberries, brandy, and seasonal spices, is a surefire crowd pleaserВ for any winter gathering.

The Serving Tip: Sangria is the ultimate make-ahead, big batch cocktail. Let the mixture sit overnight and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary day-of.

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Mulled Wine

Broma Bakery

The Recipe: Aromatic, festive, and simple, this mulled wine,В spiced with cinnamon, star anise, and cloves, takes just five minutes to make from start to finish.В

The Serving Tip: Serve in earthenware mugs and garnish with a slice of blood orange, a star anise, and a stick of cinnamon.

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Spiked Hot Chocolate

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The Recipe:В As soon as the temps drop, 'tis the season for hot cocktails as far as we're concerned. The secret to making truly deliciousВ spiked hot chocolateВ is to opt for high-quality, 60% dark chocolate.

The Serving Tip:В Serve with marshmallows-because, of course, you can't sip on hot chocolate without a marshmallow floating in your mug.В

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