4 of the Best Pre-Batched Cocktails for a Backyard Picnic

4 of the Best Pre-Batched Cocktails for a Backyard Picnic

The warm weather is seriously upon us. Now, we may not be able to celebrate in the way we want to, with big neighborhood parties and days outside by the baseball or soccer fields. However, we can still reap the benefits of sunshine and loved ones with a little backyard picnic. Take those you’ve been living with out to the backyard, throw some burgers on the grill, a blanket on the ground, pre-batched cocktails in some cups, and enjoy that warm breeze! If that sounds like just what you need to get through the rest of social distancing, here are some of the best pre-batched cocktails for a backyard picnic—try them out and sip on tasty drinks and enjoy the sunshine.


Strawberry Berryoska

A backyard picnic isn’t complete without some berries—and this cocktail gives you the berries with the booze! Better yet, it’s paired with lemonade, which is a barbeque staple. You can make it in a pitcher or by glass—all you have to do is muddle some strawberries, a bit of your favorite vodka, and then top it off with some homemade lemonade (or store-bought). It’s the refreshing bevvie you need!

White Peach Sangria

You might have to wait a little longer until the peaches are in stores, but you could also use frozen peach slices if you’re really needing a pinch of summer. This is one of the best pre-batched cocktails for a backyard picnic, and it’s the lighter version of the conventional red wine recipes. If you want to spruce up your cocktail experience, then this made-by-the-pitcher white sangria is the way to go. Grab a bottle of your favorite Pinot Grigio, some mango rum, and peach schnapps, and then mix that up the night before. Right before you bring it outside to serve, top it off with some citrus soda and enjoy!

Rind Stone Cowboy

Strawberries, watermelon, and sea salt—what could be more refreshing? It’s the perfect pair for a charcuterie board, grilled chicken, or a tasty potato salad. All you need to do is dice up some strawberries and mix all of the following ingredients into a pitcher:


  • Fresh watermelon vodka
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Diced strawberries

Once you’ve mixed it, add in sea salt to taste—it enunciates that lovely watermelon flavor. Serve over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a watermelon slice!

Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

With the simplicity of a backyard picnic and the style of a day at the horse races, this blueberry (or blackberry) lavender vodka spritzer is just what you need to enjoy the day. Summer is prime blueberry season, so after you trim back your lavender, make use of both and mix them into a delicious simple syrup. Simply put a cup of water, sugar, and blueberries together into a pot and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Then, reduce to simmering and add some lavender sprigs. Strain and press to get all of the blueberry juice—this is what you’ll use for your cocktail.

Then, in a pitcher, combine vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice. Don’t pour in the club soda until it’s ready to serve over ice. This drink is delicious, sensational, and refreshing!

Remember—just because you’re drinking at home doesn’t mean you should overload your system with alcohol. Booze will still impact your BAC just as much at home as it does at the bar, so make sure you’re drinking responsibly and not letting the sun put you under the picnic table.
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