Local Bartenders Share Pitcher Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Summer Entertaining

Fireflower on the Mountain @ The Spare Room. Photo: Shannon Sturgis

Fireflower on the Mountain @ The Spare Room. Photo: Shannon Sturgis

The pitcher cocktail is the absolute epitome of easy and carefree summer entertaining. Simply pour ingredients into a pitcher, add ice, stir, and serve! Local bartenders offer some great recipes, all utilizing summer's best produce.

PORCH POUNDER

MELROSE UMBRELLA COMPANY
WEST HOLLYWOOD

Created by Dave Purcell

INGREDIENTS
9 oz bourbon
6 oz fresh tangerine juice
4 1/2 oz Amaro Angeleno
3 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz honey syrup
1 bunch food-grade lavender
1 tall can (24 oz) Miller High Life beer

HONEY SYRUP

INGREDIENTS
8 oz filtered water, warm or at room temperature
3 cups honey

Whisk honey and water until honey is completely dissolved. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use. 

COCKTAIL PREPARATION

Add all ingredients to pitcher and stir to combine. 

FIREFLOWER ON THE MOUNTAIN

THE SPARE ROOM
@ THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Created by Yael Vengroff

INGREDIENTS
9 oz Don Julio Blanco tequila
4 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz Giffard Abricot du Roussillon liqueur
3 oz simple syrup
3 oz Aperol
6 oz East Imperial grapefruit tonic water
cucumber slices, for garnish
lemon wheels, for garnish
grapefruit slices, for garnish

GARNISH

INGREDIENTS
2 parts Tajín seasoning
1 part cayenne pepper
1 part granulated sugar

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix thoroughly. 

COCKTAIL PREPARATION

1  Combine all ingredients, except garnishes and tonic water, in a pitcher, add ice, and stir well.2Top with tonic water, sprinkle with Tajín mixture, and garnish with cucumber slices, lemon wheels, and grapefruit slices.

SONORAN SUN

WINSOME
ECHO PARK

Created by Edwin Cruz

INGREDIENTS
6 oz Pisco
3 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
3 ozPrickly Pear & Raspberry Syrup
4 dashes pink grapefruit and agave bitters
soda water
cucumber slices, for garnish
fresh mint, for garnish
fresh seasonal berries, for garnish

COCKTAIL PREPARATION
1  Cmbine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice
2  Stir well to combine all ingredients
3  Top with soda water
4  Garnish with cucumber slices, berries, and a sprig of fresh mint

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STANLEY'S WET GOODS
CULVER CITY

Created by Aleks Berry

INGREDIENTS
24 oz Golden State Mighty Dry Cider          
12 oz Berto white vermouth
juice from 1/2 lemon         
12 raspberries                                                        
8 leaves fresh mint                                
8 dashes Fee Brothers Peach Bitters.     

COCKTAIL PREPARATION
1  Muddle rasberries and mint and place in pitcher. 
2  Add vermouth and stir. 
3  Add plenty of ice, then the cider, lemon juice, and peach bitters. Stir lightly and serve in short glasses. 
4  Garnish with mint leaf and raspberry. •