These Chicago group cocktails are larger than your face


In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is freedom. In these ginormous cocktails there is pure, unadulterated happiness. While we certainly don't recommend trying to tackle these boozy bowls of life-altering goodness on your own—unless you actually enjoy nursing a days-long hangover—it is the perfect time to gather up a thirsty crew to share in the wealth.

Three Dots and a Dash
Who doesn't love feeling like they are in a tropical paradise even in the dead of winter? Well, pretty much any Chicagoan who has been browbeaten by a Midwest winter. No matter the weather, you're sure to deaden those chilled nerves with one of these popular tiki-themed libations. If it's a romantic evening for two, hunker down and share a Port Light, which seamlessly blends bourbon, overproof Jamaican Rum and refreshing tropical fruits. Larger groups will feel like they struck gold with The Treasure Chest, a delicious concoction that boasts a blend of rare rums, Dom Perignon and a mixture of fresh fruit juices that is well worth the $385 price tag.

The Violet Hour
If you're looking to class things up a bit then may we turn your attention to this Wicker Park staple that's dripping with elegance and drool worthy craft cocktails? Whether you're out for a bachelorette party or just to cure the Monday Blues, might we suggest Violet Hour Punch No. 5 with bourbon, lemon, Amaro and a dash of Angostura bitters? It can serve anywhere from five thirsty devils to seven more conservative cocktail drinkers, and for only $55 this cocktail will pack quite a punch without breaking the bank.

Cindy's Rooftop
There is nothing better than drinks with a view and Cindy's is sure to serve it up...on the rocks...with a twist. If you happen have a rather large entourage, don't worry! Everyone can get their drink on at Cindy's. Choose from three large boozy apothecaries: Grey Garden, Kick in the Daisy and Howl and the Jun. These popular potables serve 20 and it might just be the cure for what ails you. Sit back on the rooftop deck, warm up near the embers of the fire pit and let this cocktail be your new Calgon.

Fulton Market Kitchen
A splash of spray paint and graffiti welcome you into this eclectic but chic wonderland where you come for the food but stay for the drinks. Don't believe us? Then try one of their three large cocktails (or all three, depending on just how rough your workweek was) designed to serve 5 to 8 people. Thank You, Dr. Google, with its brilliant mixture of Pimms, gin, vanilla chai tea, lemon, tonic water and Lillet Rouge is sure to erase those memories of that embarrassing encounter with your office crush.

Stephanie Andrews has called Chicago home for 10 years. When she's not eating...err, writing...you can find her stunt doubling for film/TV or making her own cocktail bitters.