05/24/2012 10:58 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Pitcher Cocktails: 8 Boozy Recipes For Entertaining

Sure, drinking a specially hand-crafted cocktail is hard to beat. But when entertaining, who wants to be manning the bar the entire time while your guests are having fun? That's where pitcher cocktails come in -- they give you the freedom to enjoy yourself at your own shindig.

Before your gathering, you stir together a big batch of your favorite beverage, make sure there's plenty of ice to go around, and allow your guests to pour their own drinks. Not sure what works well in large batches? Click through the slideshow below to find some of the best recipes. From light ginger shandies to boozy rhubarb cosmos, there's a cocktail right for any type of party.

Pitcher Cocktails