7 Pitchers You Need This Summer (and Perfect Batch Drinks to Fill Them)

With its unique design, the Ona Large Pitcher from Crate&Barrel is eye-catching and elegant.

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Ona Large Pitcher
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When hosting outdoor parties, whipping up batch drinks is an easy way to offer something refreshing to your guests. But while you gather ingredients to make delicious summery cocktails, mocktails, and more, you might be forgetting another essential element: a good drink pitcher.

To complete your party tabletop, we've scoured the web to determine the best drink pitchers that perfectly combine function and fashion. We found products that pour cleanly and are lightweight, easy to handle, and durable. One example is the Ona Large Pitcher from Crate&Barrel, which users love for its unique design.

Below, find our seven favorite drink pitchers for the summer, along with cocktails to serve in them.

Ona Large Pitcher

Crate & Barrel

Ona Large Pitcher, $25 at crateandbarrel.com

This elegant yet simple pitcher from Crate&Barrel works for both casual and formal occasions. Its built-in, liquid-holding handle makes for a psychedelic look that catches the eye, all while remaining easy to hold. Although it makes the pitcher slightly harder to clean, we think the unique design is worth it.

Made of clear glass, this pitcher is perfect for colorful drinks like sangria or a delicious Grapefruit Spritz made with grapefruit juice, Campari, crème de framboise, and Prosecco.

Fferrone Dearborn Pitcher


Fferrone Dearborn Pitcher, $145 at food52.com

This retro, fluted pitcher is made of durable borosilicate glass. The elegant and sophisticated design lends itself to an effervescent cocktail like the Clementine 75, made with gin, juniper syrup, fresh clementine juice, and Champagne or Prosecco.

Happy Hour Acrylic Pitcher

Pottery Barn

Happy Hour Acrylic Pitcher, $20 at potterybarn.com

If you're entertaining outdoors, consider an acrylic pitcher instead of glass – the material won't shatter if dropped on the patio. The simple, sleek design works for any beverage. We recommend serving the Canchánchara Cocktail, a Cuban classic made with añejo rum, ice, honey, and fresh lime juice.

Fluted Acrylic Pitcher

West Elm

Fluted Acrylic Pitcher, $16 at westelm.com

Another great outdoor pitcher, this lightweight, acrylic option is all about texture and style. It will add a little a flair to your table, especially when filled with a Cucumber-Rose Gin Spritz made of savory gin, cucumber, basil and cardamom syrup, cucumber and dried rose petals.

Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Belly Pitcher


Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Belly Pitcher, $40 at bloomingdales.com

The belly pitcher is a timeless design that has a place on every table. It also holds more liquid than most other pitcher shapes. Put this traditional glass piece to good use with a Lemon-and-Lavender Gin Fizz, a floral cocktail that combines a citrusy-herbal gin, fresh lemon juice, lavender bitters and dried juniper berries.

Mario Luca Giusti Palla Fluorescent Acrylic Pitcher

Neiman Marcus

Mario Luca Giusti Palla Fluorescent Acrylic Pitcher, $75 at neimanmarcus.com

We imagine this bright orange pitcher beside us at the pool in Italy. It screams summer party and begs to be filled with a festive cocktail. Dreams of July would serve quite nicely. The citrusy drink includes kumquats and kiwi with cachaça, limoncello, dry vermouth and orange bitters.

Mosser Jadeite Pitcher

Sur La Table

Mosser Jadeite Pitcher, $45 at surlatable.com

Green flint glass makes this funky yet classic pitcher an ideal centerpiece for any table. Test it out with a Carioca Quencher, a Julia Child-inspired cocktail with dark rum, leamon and lime juice, apricot liqueur and Angostura bitters.

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