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14 Big-Batch Cocktails That Won't Break The Bank

The proof is in the punch!

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1. Strawberry Rosé Punch that, with a few minutes of prep at home, would be easy to mix up at your friend's birthday party.

sugarandsoul.co

Total cost: $16.47

Double the recipe with an extra bag of strawberries and a second bottle of rosé, and your total is just barely over budget — $30.95. (Skip the pricey fresh strawberry and mint garnish, though.)

Cost breakdown:

Rosé - $9.99

Frozen strawberries - $4.49

Sprite - $1.99

Simple syrup - free, if you make your own.

Get the recipe from Sugar and Soul.

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2. Gingery Bud Light Lime Punch that's so refreshing even your beer snob friends won't believe you when you tell them what's in it.

thecookierookie.com

Total cost: $21.43

Make it the way the recipe says and you'll only use two cans of ginger beer and one BLL; to make it stronger, add more of each of those in a 2:1 ratio, but keep the lemonade the same.

Cost breakdown:

6-pack of Ginger Beer - $5.99

6-pack of Bud Light Lime - $9.99

Carton of lemonade - $2.49

2 lemons + 2 limes for garnish - $2.96

Get the recipe on The Cookie Rookie.

3. Pineapple Rum Punch that'll put you in a ~vacation mindset~, even if you're chilling in your backyard.

crazyforcrust.com

Total cost: $29.66

To make a second batch, splurge on an extra bottle of prosecco!

Cost breakdown:

Rum - $11.99

Prosecco - $9.99

Can of pineapple juice, 46 oz. - $3.19

Frozen pineapple - $4.49

Get the recipe on Crazy for Crust.

4. Simple Gin Punch, for a weekend trip with foodie friends who "just don't enjoy" tropical cocktails.

distillerista.com

I don't believe them either, but whatever — this citrusy blend holds its own against any rum concoction.

Total cost: $29.15

You'll have just enough ingredients for two batches.

Cost breakdown:

Gin - $15.99

Bottle of grapefruit juice - $4.39

Carton of lemonade - $2.49

Bottle of sparkling water - $1.69

Honey for simple syrup - $4.59

Get the full recipe on Distillerista.

5. Vodka-optional Cucumber Lime Punch that'll keep you cool on even the hottest summer nights.

thefoodcharlatan.com

Total cost: $6.15 if you make it as the recipe describes; $22.14 if you swap some of the soda out for vodka

Cost breakdown:

Vodka - $15.99

Sprite - $1.99

Can of frozen limeade - $2.19*

Cucumber - $0.79

2 limes - $1.18

Get the recipe on The Food Charlatan.

*Priced from Jet.com because FreshDirect doesn't carry this item.

6. No-Fail Fresca Sangria that comes together so quickly you'll want to make it every weekend.

Eddie Ross / eddieross.com

Total cost: $20.47 + the cost of the fruit you add

There's wiggle room in the budget that you could use either to buy a third bottle of cheap wine or to upgrade your two bottles of wine. You'll use 3 cans of Fresca per bottle of wine.

Cost breakdown:

12-pack of Fresca - $6.49

2 bottles of a $6.99 white wine - $13.98

Fruit - $9.53 remaining

Get the recipe from Eddie Ross.

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8. Whiskey Sour Party Punch that might just be the answer to the brunch you offered to host next week.

tastefullyeclectic.com

Total cost: $29.45

To have enough for a second batch, buy a larger bottle of orange juice and two extra lemons.

Cost breakdown:

Bourbon - $14.99

Bottle of OJ - $1.69

Triple sec - $8.99

2 lemons - $1.78

Sprite - $1.99

Get the recipe on Tastefully Eclectic.

9. Fresh Watermelon Mojitos, for the evening your in-laws are coming over and you need something ~impressive~.

spendwithpennies.com

Total cost: $24.73

Cost breakdown:

Rum - $11.99

Watermelon - $7.99

Fresh mint leaves - $9.96

6 limes - $3

Bottle of soda water - $1.79

Get the recipe on Cook Crave Inspire.

10. Two-Ingredient Champagne Punch that'll be the hit of your wedding shower, or your celebrating-being-single night with your best single friend.

crazyforcrust.com

Total cost: $22.97

Spend a little more on an extra bottle of cava and you can make two batches!

Cost breakdown:

Extra dry cava - $12.99

Sorbet of your choice - $5.99

Raspberries - $3.99

Get the recipe on Crazy for Crust.

11. Bourbon & Sweet Peach Tea Punch that's perfect to sip whenever you're doing anything that's even remotely similar to sitting on a porch.

rachaelraymag.com

Total cost: $26.75

Cost breakdown:

Bourbon - $14.99

Black tea bags - $5.99

Peach nectar - $3.99

2 lemons - $1.78

Get the recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine.

12. White Wine and Lemonade Punch that'll convince your book club you're a drink genius.

craftyndelishwithsara.wordpress.com

Total cost: $17.95

Cost breakdown:

White wine - $6.99+

Jug of lemonade - $4.29*

Sprite - $1.99

Frozen strawberries - $3.79

1 lemon - $0.89

Get the recipe on Crafty 'n' Delish With Sara.

*Priced from Jet.com because FreshDirect doesn't carry this item.

13. Summer Berry Sangria that you can quickly throw together on the everyone's-at-your-house-to-watch-the-game days.

cookingwithcurls.com

Total cost: $28.33

Cost breakdown:

1 liter of Merlot - $9.99

Triple sec - $8.99

Orange + lemon + lime - $2.77

Frozen berries - $4.59

Any soda - $1.99

Get the recipe on Cooking With Curls.

14. Three-Ingredient Margaritas that are cheap enough that you could host Margarita Mondays all the way into September.

thewifecookstoo.blogspot.com

Total cost: $26.05

Cost breakdown:

Limeade concentrate - $2.19*

3 oranges - $3.87

Tequila - $19.99

*Priced from Jet.com because FreshDirect doesn't carry this item.

Get the recipe on The Wife Cooks Too.

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