eau de vie
Quick, what’s your favorite part of summer vacation?
If you said long hikes alone in nature, communing with the animals, and listening to the melody of the trees, then this list may not be for you. But if you said sitting hip to hip with your best drinking buddies, slurping cocktails out of a cocktail glass shaped like a fishbowl, then this, my friend, is the list for you!
Communal drinks can be really fun. Think of them as the “family style” of alcohol; everyone drinks their share from the cauldron of hooch at the center of the table, and instead of indigestion from too many Buca di Beppo meatballs, the group gets a pleasant buzz instead.
Whether you’re drinking with one friend or six, we have you covered, as almost all of the drinks on this list are meant to be shared, and even the ones that aren’t (looking at you 88 ounce guitar full of alcohol) probably should be.
The following drinks are some of the largest in the world. We’re talking gallons of cocktails here, and they’re readily available at some of the world’s trendiest bars from Vegas all the way to Australia. But these also aren’t the mysteriously sweet, neon-colored Mai Tai’s served out of giant tiki heads from your local karaoke bar that give you a stomachache before you can even get tipsy enough to sing your heart out.
Most of these beverages are made with premium ingredients, like Hendricks Gin and St. Germaine, so you can maintain at least some air of sophistication while you and your friends slurp liquor from glasses as big as a kitchen sink.
So go ahead and take a look, and maybe make a list of friends that are fun enough to travel all the way to Australia to drink cosmos from a woman’s giant shoe.
10. Bloody Mary, O’Davey’s Irish Pub
Fond du Lac, Wisc.
Okay, maybe we’re cheating a little with this one because it’s just a regular-sized Bloody Mary, but holy guacamole, look at all the food on top! This beast comes stacked high with popcorn, bacon, peanuts, beans, sausage, a pickle, sliders, soft pretzel, cheese curds, and nachos. You’d have to bring a friend along just to help you eat your drink.
9. World’s Largest Cocktail, Beach Pavilion
Hayman Island, Australia
This one-quart daiquiri has been described as the size of a birdbath. And priced at 30 pounds ($50 American), perhaps the pineapple and mango concoction should be huge. Situated along the Great Barrier Reef amid azure waters with green mountains in the distance, you couldn’t find a more beautiful spot to drink a giant frozen cocktail.