Sidestep the time-consuming process of making individual cocktails for party guests by serving batch drinks. Mixing drinks by the pitcher is an easy way to keep your guests' glasses filled and enjoy the party.

  Pitchers can be prepared in advance, and to simplify service even more, set up several rows of glassware with garnishes already adorning the rim of each glass (don't add ice to the glass until you're ready to pour). Instructions are as simple as stir, pour and sip. Local bartenders offer their recommendations for summer batch cocktails and instructions to help you get your drink on with elegant ease.