Batch Cocktails by Maggie Hoffman


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A hip, accessible guide to batch cocktail-making for entertaining, with 65 recipes that can be made hours—or weeks!—ahead of time so that hosts and hostesses have one less thing to worry about as the doorbell rings.

As anyone who has hosted a dinner party knows, cocktail hour is the most fun part of the evening for guests—but the most stressful for whomever is in charge of keeping the drinks flowing. The solution, though, is simple: batch it! In this fun collection, Maggie Hoffman offers 65 delicious and creative cocktails that you don’t have to stir or shake to order; rather, they are designed to stay fresh when made ahead and served out of a pitcher. Recipes such as Tongue in Cheek (gin, Meyer lemon, thyme, Cocchi Rosa), Friendly Fires (mezcal, chile vodka, watermelon, lime), Birds & Bees Punch (rum, cucumber, green tea, lemon), and even alcohol-free options are organized by flavor profile—herbal, boozy, bitter, fruity and tart, and so on—to make choosing and whipping up a perfect pitcher of cocktails a total breeze.

About the author: Maggie Hoffman is a food and drink writer and editor. She founded Serious Eats: Drinks, the cocktail, beer, and wine section of the James Beard Award-winning website Serious Eats in 2011, and served as the food site's managing editor for several years. She is currently the Senior Editor at Epicurious. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, Sunset magazine, Food & Wine, and others. Maggie grew up in Portland, Oregon, and lives today in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and many, many bottles of booze.