Listen, beer and wine are fine, but sometimes, you want a dang drink.
If you are having folks over, one of the best things you can do to satisfy a group is to make big pitchers of drinks, so then you don’t have to tend bar and make “ones and twos” of shitty drinks like Cuba Libres and Gin and Tonics.
Here are some individual drink recipes you can multiply up to a pitcher, but are big crowd pleasers.
You can substitute a lot of things out of a Michelada (think: a Bloody Mary of Caesar made with Beer) but you CANNOT substitute out the Clamato or the Maggi. Maggi seasoning is available wherever you have Latinx markets.
- 1/2 cup Clamato juice
- 4 ounces beer (preferably: Tecate, Modelo, Dos Equis, or some other Mexican lager with a bit of personality.)
- 1 oz lime juice
- 3 squirts Worcestershire sauce
- 3 squirts Maggi seasoning
- 3 squirts hot sauce (Cholula is a good one for this. For a bit of smoke, try Tabasco Chipotle)
- Tajin for the rim of the glass
Pimm’s is the only drink with Gin in it I will deign to drink. Mostly because it’s a salad with alcohol added to it, so you forget the gin is even there.
- Enough Ice to fill a glass
- 2 shots of Pimm’s #1 (the Gin one)
- 2 sprigs of smashed mint (put it between your hands and clap)
- 1 sprig of basil
- 3 strawberries, hulled and cut in half
- 2-3 cucumber coins, quartered
- Any other fruit that’s in season that you want to add
- 1/2 cup of Ginger Ale, Sprite, or Ting (this is to your own taste. Some people substitute lemonade or sparkling lemonade. Just go with what you have.
Pineapple and Tajin are a natural pairing. Pineapple and lime are a match made in heaven. Lime and Tequila are two peas in a pod.
This drink is very dangerous in how good it is.
- 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple (either buy it frozen or freeze in season chunks yourself in a Ziploc.)
- 2 ounces tequila (just use silver Tequila for this. One I like for this is Sauza. Don’t spend extra on Tequila that goes into blended drinks. It’s a waste of money!)
- 2 teaspoons of lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of Tajin
- Water if necessary, to thin the drink (You can also use soda or seltzer here.)