Looking for stress-free batched cocktails for your holiday festivities? 

Look no further than this blog.

One of the best parts of hosting for the holidays is sharing your favorite cocktails with guests. One of the worst parts? Mixing all those cocktails!

Keeping guests lubricated in style is an absolute must for positive party energy flow, but getting called away every thirty seconds to break out the cocktail shaker will leave you wishing you’d hired a bartender.

At Locke + Co, we’re big fans of making sharing whiskey easy, so we wanted to let you in on our favorite party hack: whipping up a punch bowl full of batched cocktails.

Here’s the inside scoop on the latest trend in entertaining and why your next party is better off batched.

Why your next party or holiday gathering needs batched drinks 

While they’ve been popping up in trendy bars everywhere lately (ever had a negroni on tap?), the truth is batched cocktails are nothing new in the world of entertaining. In fact, group cocktails are one of the most classic ways to serve up the good stuff.

Think of your grandmother’s crystal punch bowl at family gatherings or sharing a pitcher of margs with your friends on Taco Tuesday. Batch cocktails are an excellent way to add ease to entertaining so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a stress-free evening.

Plus, they taste great! Batching cocktails means all those tasty flavors have time to get together and mingle, producing great results with less work. It’s a pretty great two for one deal.

Locke + Co Aspen Aged-Rye-Whiskey-Batched Manhattan Cocktail

Can you pre-batch cocktails?

Pre Batched Cocktails in Pitchers on Ice for party

Absolutely! In fact, that’s one of the best things about big batch cocktails: they’ll let you do entertaining on easy mode.

If you’re batching cocktails in advance to serve a crowd, step one is mixing up your shelf-stable ingredients in a large container in your fridge. Feel free to chill any mixers, like juice or club soda, and if you have large batch garnishes to prep, you can do those in advance as well.

The day of your party, finish off your large batch cocktails with those sodas, juices, and garnishes. Then kick back and enjoy your evening!

How long do batched cocktails last?

How long your batched cocktails last depends on what’s in them, so make your plans accordingly.

Cocktails with citrus mixers are good for 2-3 days. Cocktails with sugar, simple syrups, bitters, or tea infusions last about a week. If you use egg to create froth and body in your batched cocktails, they’ll only be good overnight.

Do batched cocktails need to be refrigerated?

Because home-brewed batch cocktails are made with fresh ingredients like citrus and fruit juices rather than their synthetic equivalent, they need to be refrigerated for safety and flavor when you mix them in advance.

Like any other cocktail, once you’re ready to serve, your batch cocktails can be left out on a table or stored over ice if you prefer a chilled drink.

Should I dilute?

The question of whether or not to dilute batched cocktails is largely a matter of personal choice, but we’re on the side of not diluting. We’d never dilute a mixed cocktail, so why should batched cocktails be any different?

Diluting is a good option if you’re batching for a party where there will be less seasoned drinkers in attendance who might not know their limits. Otherwise, we say leave the diluting to the melting ice in the punch bowl and your guests’ glasses.

How to batch cocktails for parties

The most important thing when batching cocktails for your party is to prepare ahead of time. After all, batching is all about keeping the day of your event stress-free. Mixing your ingredients beforehand lets you kick back on the day of the party and maybe do a little taste testing!

The second most important tip is to make sure all your ingredients are properly mixed. Blend them together in a container large enough for generous stirring before you transfer to a smaller closed container for storage.

Tools for Batching Cocktails

You really don’t need any special tools for mixing batched cocktails, but there are a few things that are helpful to have on hand:

  • A large covered jar for storage
  • A serving container like a pitcher or punch bowl
  • A funnel for decanting your cocktails
  • A liquid measuring cup for measuring
  • A long-handled spoon for mixing
  • A jigger for measuring smaller amounts of ingredients
Woman pouring a batched cocktail into several glasses in kitchen

Best big batch cocktails

Now that you’ve got the 411 on mixing cocktails for a crowd, we thought we’d share our best 

batch cocktail recipes! Here are the most popular recipes for whipping up easy, elegant batch cocktails to impress your guests:

Batched Manhattan Cocktail made with Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye
  • 187 ml of dry vermouth
  • 187 ml of sweet vermouth
  • Combine in beverage dispenser or carafe
  • Pour into glass filled with 1 large ice cube or serve up
  • Add 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Garnish with a cherry or orange twist

Celebration Rye

  • 1 bottle (750 ml or a little more than 3 cups) of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye
  • 1.5 cups (355 ml) of St. Germain
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) of simple syrup
  • 1.5 cups (355 ml) of lime juice
  • 2 cups (473 ml) of apple juice
  • Combine in beverage dispenser or carafe
  • Pour into glass filled with ice
  • Top each individual glass with 3/4oz of Champagne
  • Stir for 10 seconds 
  • Garnish with a slice of apple (if you have it)
Celebration Rye Cocktail with apple cubes on a toothpick garnishes sitting on a wood coaster in front of a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on a wood table
Old Fashioned sitting on a wood coaster in front of a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on a wood table with a silver mid century sputnik in the background

Old Fashioned

  • 2 bottles (750 ml) of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye
  • 1 bottle of Strong Water Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup (8oz)
  • Combine in beverage dispenser or carafe
  • Pour into glass filled with 1 large ice cube
  • Add 2 dashes of bitters (we like black walnut, cherry, or any type of citrus)
  • Garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist

Our favorite whiskey-free recipes

If you’re looking to create an alternative large format cocktail for non-whiskey drinkers, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite whiskey-free recipes for the cretins in your life who don’t appreciate the taste of a well aged rye (just kidding, non-whiskey drinkers; we love you too!):


  • 1 bottle tequila 
  • 400 ml Cointreau
  • 300 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 100 ml agave syrup 
  • Garnish with lime wheels
Table filled with glasses and pitcher filled with classic lime margarita cocktails, fresh limes and barware
Fresh paloma cocktail. Fresh summer cocktail with grapefruit, lime, sprig of rosemary and ice cubes.


  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 375 ml grapefruit juice
  • Garnish with grapefruit wheels


  • 1 bottle mezcal or tequila
  • 500 ml grapefruit juice
  • 250 ml lime juice
  • 100 ml simple syrup
  • 250 ml club soda
  • Garnish with grapefruit wheels