Skip to content

How do you convert a single-drink recipe into a Batch


    Are you wondering how do you convert a single-dirnk recipe into a batch?

    How do you convert a single-drink recipe into a Batch?

    Finding the perfect batch-mixed version of a recipe for a cocktail takes trial and trial and. Luckily, there are tastings of cocktails, which means it’s not a difficult trip.

    If you’re not interested in math, I suggest starting by making the recipes from the book I wrote and which I’ve tested for you. Whatever recipe you choose to use you choose to make, the top techniques described in the previous sections apply. Don’t create fresh juices too long ahead of time, and be cautious with the quantities!

    Making a large version of a single drink begins by multiplying it. For most recipes, this means that you’ll increase the amount of drink you enjoy based on how many servings you’d like to create. For example, if the recipe calls for 2 ounces of whiskey, and you’re planning to make eight drinks, then you’ll require 16 inches (i.e., 2 cups) of whiskey.

    However, as we’ve pointed out, that doesn’t account for the amount of water you’ll require in the drink to achieve proper dilution. The water usually comes from the ice when it shakes or is stirred. Therefore, you must determine the amount of water you’d like to have in each serving of drink and then multiply that number by the number of servings, similar to how you would for the additional ingredients included in the recipe.

    One approach–let’s refer to it as the “physical” one is swiftly mixing a single portion of the drink you’re interested in to determine how much water you’ll need. To begin, you should mix all the non-water ingredients in one serving of the drink you wish to create and keep track of the volume. For instance, you can create a Manhattan using two ounces of rye and one sweet vermouth. You’re beginning with 3 ounces of the total.

    Then, Stir (or shake in the case of that type of beverage) using ice till thoroughly chilled and diluted. You can test it by using a small cocktail straw to be sure.

    After that, strain the ice and measure the drink a second time. It should show a tremendous amount than you had begun with. This will be because the melts to make the cocktail.


    There’s a difference in the first three-ounce measurement, and the second one will determine your optimal amount of water per serving. It’s likely to range between half an ounce and three-quarters of a pound of water in a cocktail shaken up and intended to be served (without any ice) and slightly less, probably a quarter to an ounce for drinks with an ice cube in the pitcher or glass, because that ice can melt and increase the volume of the drink. If you’re drinking a particularly strong-proof whiskey, you may like your drink served at the range’s highest portion.

    A different method, more mathematical, is to start by making some calculations. For example, the three-ounce drink you’re making or drink you’re planning to serve without ice, in a martini glass or coupe glass, is likely to require water that’s from 17 to 25 percent of the total volume of pre-dilution; that’s roughly one-half to three-quarters of an ounce of water to make the typical three-ounce drink. 

    On the other hand, suppose you’re creating a drink that will serve with ice in the glass or the pitcher. In that case, You’ll likely want to begin with a slightly lower level of dilution because the liquid ice will melt and then diminish over time, for example, 10% to 15 percent of the volume pre-dilution or approximately 14 to 12 ounces of water for each three-ounce beverage.

    Testing it before making a large batch is recommended to ensure that the amount you calculated will work for you. In a Mason Jar, mix only one small sample using the water you’ve calculated. Please place it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then serve it as you wish (up or over a rock). Take a sip and then decide if you enjoy it or whether you’d like to alter the water content slightly in one direction to enhance the strength or make it less.

    Remember that when drinking drinks served with ice, it is best to avoid beginning in a slightly weak direction, as they’ll be more diluted within the glass. However, drinks served in a glass in a glass will taste great right from the very first drink.

    Once you’ve found the ideal ratio of dilutions for a single drink, it’s time to double and complete the recipe for your batch. Then comes the most enjoyable part: opening the door, greeting your guests, and pouring a glass.

    Here are some resources I recommend:

    120 Alcoholic Drinks for Connoisseurs shows you over one hundred unique alcoholic drinks to make and show off to your friends and have a night you won’t forget.

    Professional Bartender Kit is a must-have collection for anyone interested in bartending, mixology, or someone who loves to make drinks.

    RUBY Decanter w/ Built-in Aerator is easily the best on the market that we recommend.

    8oz Premium Flask for when you’re going out and don’t want to blow all your money on drinks.

    Stainless Steel Cooling Stones for keeping your drinks cold and classy.

    Bartending & Mixology Masterclass teaches you everything you need to know about mixing drinks and alcoholic beverages like a professional.