Mango sangria

The finished product: My Mango Sangria recipe.

photo: Alcides Aguasvivas

Entertaining for large crowds can sometimes be overwhelming — preparing the right food, organizing the logistics, and making sure you have enough of the right beverages for everyone. So, here’s a secret that will have you wishing you did this sooner! Big batch cocktails! That’s right. A signature cocktail that can be made in sizable quantities and put in a chic dispenser for all your guests to serve themselves and enjoy.

I mean, have you not made the long trip to the liquor store to have the same ol’ dreadful conversation?!

You: “Hi there, I’m entertaining for a large crowd and need to pick up some stuff. What do you recommend?”

Liquor Store Employee: “You need at least two bottles of white wine, two bottles of red wine, a variety of beer,” etc., etc.

A large check out bill then proceeds this conversation, just to have someone at your party ask for the one thing you didn’t buy.

I know, eerily familiar! But not to worry, the next time you’re planning a summer soiree, like an end of summer BBQ, a Labor Day party, or really any festivity, get your largest pitcher, jug, or container, and make one BIG BATCH of your yummiest summer cocktail. It'll be a crowd-pleaser, and you won't break the bank!

Here are the goodies:

My No Fuss Mango Sangria Recipe: 

I promise that the crisp, fruity flavor will have everyone reaching for seconds and EVEN thirds. Truth be told, I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t loved it!

  • One 750 ml bottle of riesling — My secret weapon. Over the years, I’ve learned that choosing a sweeter wine will not have me adding more sugar at the end! It’s perfect! Here are my go to picks: Relax Riesling or Yellow Tail RieslingEntertaining Tip: Ensure to buy an inexpensive bottle of wine as you will be mixing with juices.
  •   Goya Mango Nectar: Pour equal parts wine and juice. Add cubed mangoes (leave some for garnish). Stir and refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve and Enjoy!

Want more delicious summer recipes?! Here are six other recipes that will have you screaming, “More, please!” 

1. Limoncello Spritzer Recipe, courtesy of Foodnetwork.com

  • 30 Ice cubes
  • 6 Cups seltzer water
  • 6 Cups of limoncello
  • 8 Lemon slices

Add ice cubes to pitcher. Pour the seltzer in and mix in the limoncello. Pour into individual glasses. Garnish with a lemon slice on the rim of each glass.

2. Sparkling Punch Recipe, courtesy of MyRecipes.com

  •  1 12 oz can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 4 Cups of white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 750 ml Bottle of extra dry champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1/4 Cup of orange liqueur
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in champagne and orange liqueur just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

 3. Strawberry and Peach Sangria, courtesy of MyRecipes.com

  • 1/3 Cup of sugar
  • 1/3 Cup of brandy
  • 2 Cups of sliced strawberries
  • 1 Cup of sliced peaches
  • 1 bottle of rosé
  • 1 Bottle of sauvignon blanc
  • 1 Cup of chilled club soda or sparkling water
  • 10–20 basil leaves

Add the sugar and brandy to a large pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the fresh fruit, wine and club soda and stir to combine. Lastly, drop in the basil. Refrigerate the sangria for at least 6 hours before serving. Serve over ice.

 4. Mimosa Pitcher Cocktail Recipe, courtesy of Diethood.com

  • 1 Bottle (750 ml) of chilled prosecco
  • 3 to 4 Cups of 50 percent less sugar orange juice or freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Thin slices of grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and limes

Fill a pitcher with slices of citrus fruits. Pour the bottle of prosecco over the fruits. Slowly pour the orange juice. Fill champagne flutes with prepared mimosa and add a splash of cranberry juice to each.

 5.  Watermelon and Lime Agua Fresca Recipe, courtesy of Blog.williams-sonoma.com

  • 1 12 ounce can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups of white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 750 ml bottled of extra dry champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1/4 Cup of orange liqueur
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish 
In a blender, in batches, combine the water, watermelon chunks, lime juice and sugar. Blend on high until completely liquid and frothy. Transfer to a pitcher, add the tequila and Grand Marnier and stir to combine. Serve in individual glasses over ice. Garnish each glass with lime slices and a watermelon wedge.

6. Strawberry Blood Orange Rum Punch Recipe, courtesy of bojongourmet.com

  •  1/3  Cup of sugar
  • 1/3 Cup of brandy
  • 2 Cups of sliced strawberries
  • 1 Cup of sliced peaches
  • 1 Bottle of rosé
  • 1 Bottle of sauvignon blanc
  • 1 cup of chilled club soda or sparkling water
  • 10–20 basil leaves

Place the strawberries and sugar in a jar, measuring cup, or cocktail shaker and muddle until the berries are broken down and the sugar is dissolved. Add the citrus juices, then strain the whole thing through a mesh sieve, pressing on the pulp to extract the juices. Discard the pulp. Add the rums to the strained juice, then pour into a pint glass filled with ice. Top off with sparking water, garnish with strawberry and blood orange slices, and enjoy.

Hope you continue to fashionably entertain by whipping up these delicious cocktail recipes!

Till next time!

xx,

Kathleen

Kathleen Pagan is a Founding Creator and lifestyle blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala, you can find her at endlesslyelated.com.