There’s so much to love about large format cocktails: fun vessels, bargain buzzes and good times with pals. You can find all of these things and more in this round-up of pitchers, bowls, boats and birds. Get your squad together and enjoy any or all (but maybe not in one night) of these creative and totally ‘grammable concoctions — from classic British mixes to Nintendo-themed vessels and tropical vacations in a mug. Read on for an array of surefire crowdpleasers.
A & B Burgers – Blood Orange Margaritas
A&B Burgers knows how to live it up and you can, too. Just head to either the original Beverly location or the Boston outpost to pair your wagyu beef burger with any of nine shareable cocktails, available by the pitcher. There’s lots to choose from – Smokey Cider, Blueberry Lemonade or the Blood Orange Margarita (pictured below) which includes Lunazul Blanco tequila, blood orange juice and orange liqueur.
A4Cade – Princess Peach’s Downfall
A4cade offers unlimited ways to nerd out and lots of tiki cocktails cocktails in “two-player mode.” Just select the vessel of your choice from among options like TARDIS, R2D2, Tina Belcher, Jake the Dog, Buzz Lightyear, and many more. Pictured is the Princess Peach’s Downfall; Rumson’s 5yr, peach, pineapple, mint, and citrus in an R2D2 mug.
Alcove – Garden Gnome
No official word on how the Garden Gnome got its name but one thing’s for sure — you and your pals will probably want more than one. The tasty combination of strawberry, Pimm’s and cucumber is available by the pitcher at Alcove. Swing by anytime for a refreshing (there’s cucumber!) and summery (thanks to the strawberries) beverage with your besties.
Café du Pays – Fish House Punch
Boston still has no happy hour. But at least Café du Pays does a “5 á 7 Punch Bowl” every Thursday from 5:00 -7:00pm. Each week you can experience a Québécois happy hour over a different drink, like this Fish House Punch made with Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac, Privateer silver rum, Ministry of Rum Jamaican pot still black rum, Délice Boréal Inuit Herbal Tea, oleo saccharum, garden herbs and fresh lemon.
Casa Caña – Party Drinks
Casa Caña brings a little bit of Havana high-life to Brighton. Get a few buddies (at least four) together to choose from Party Drinks like the Mambo Italiano which includes Bacardi Cuatro, Redemption rye, Zucca, lemon, honey, bubbly, mint and blackberries; or the Hotel Nacional (pictured below), made with Havana Club Classico, apricot, pineapple, lime and bubbly.
Citizen – Strawberry Champagne Punch
Champagne often gets saved for celebrations but if you ask the folks at Citizen, you don’t need a special occasion (or even a reason, for that matter) to have their Strawberry Champagne Punch Bowl. Enjoy this bubbly mix of Beefeater gin, prosecco, fresh lemon juice and housemade strawberry syrup whenever you please.
Elm Street Taproom – Brunch Bowl
Egg benedicts are good, but everyone knows what brunching is really about: cocktail bowls. Check out the aptly named Brunch Bowl from Elm Street Taproom; a blend of rum, curacao, pineapple, lime, and Kool-Aid (yes, Kool-Aid). As if that wasn’t festive enough, it’s topped with crazy straws and rubber duckies.
Empire – Big Kahuna
Easiest way to get your daily serving of fruits and veggies? Drink it! The Big Kahuna at Empire has you (and a few friends) covered. Grey Goose, fresh watermelon juice, mint, and ginger served in a hollowed out watermelon. That counts, right?
Hojoko – Jasper’s Rum Punch
Jasper Lefranc was a legendary bartender in the 60’s and 70’s at the Bay Roc Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. You and your peoples can pay tribute to the man, the myth, the OG mixologist at Hojoko over Jasper’s Rum Punch, a Caribbean classic featuring Wray & Nephew Overproof rum, lime, sugar, nutmeg and amaro angostura.
Lookout Rooftop – Teenage Mutant Lisa Turtle
Channel Lisa Turtle’s energy and order this drink to match your outfit (it tastes just as good as it looks). The Teenage Mutant Lisa Turtle is a summery mix of Cazadores tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, clement syrup, and ginger beer. Find this cocktail and other Saved by the Bell-themed drinks at Lookout Rooftop at The Envoy Hotel.
Rosebud – Scorpion Bowl
Davis Square’s Rosebud Kitchen & Bar may be known for its down-to-earth, pan-American comfort food (and its pies, of course) but they’ve added an Asian twist with some of their recent additions. Behold the beauteous Scorpion Bowl — a perfect match for the newly introduced pu pu platter which includes Thai sticky ribs, potstickers, hoisin glazed wings and more.
Shore Leave – Paradise Found
Enjoy a little taste of heaven right in the South End with the Paradise Found at Shore Leave. You and yours can order this treasure chest filled with Perrier Jouet champagne, fig-infused aged rum, cognac, benedictine, ginger and barreled maple syrup for a mini trip to the promised land.
State Park – Pimm’s Cup
Channel your obsession with the British royal family and The Great British Bake Off right into your glass. State Park serves up Pimm’s Cups by the pitcher-full so you can enjoy a quintessential British beverage (Pimm’s, lemon, ginger ale and secret cucumber) as you get a little squiffy with your mates.
Tiger Mama – The Galleon
One sip of this drink and you’ll think you’ve accidentally sailed away to the white sandy beach of Los Roques in Venezuela. But, nope! You’ve just had The Galleon from the team at Tiger Mama. But, with ingredients like Venezuelan rum, passionfruit, guava, amontillado, chartreuse, and cava served in a massive ship, the confusion is totally understandable.
Tiki Rock – Painkiller
There’s nothing like drinking out of a massive flamingo topped with mini umbrellas to numb the pain of a long work week. This one from Tiki Rock features Navy rum, pineapple, orange, coconut, and nutmeg. But wouldn’t you drink pretty much anything out of a bronze flamingo?
Yvonne’s – Miami Vice
If you missed your usual end-of-summer vacation in South Beach, there’s always the Miami Vice at Yvonne’s. Grab your friends and indulge your vices with this classic Miami drink featuring white & dark rum, pineapple juice, coconut, strawberry, lime.