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Entertaining for a crowd? You could opt for a punch bowl, but perhaps consider a beverage dispenser: the easiest way to serve cocktails for a crew. Simply mix up a punch for a crowd or sangria for a soiree, pour it into the dispenser, and pull the tap to deliver the party in a glass.
The lovely thing about beverage dispensers is there is one for every occasion. There are insulated beverage dispensers serving cocktails for a crowd or drink dispensers that allow you to infuse citrus, herbs and flavors into a punch. There are beverage dispensers specific for whiskey drinkers and containers that dole out full bottles of wine.
Below, you'll find our list of the best beverage dispensers available now.
Best Overall: Mind Reader 1-Gallon Beverage Dispenser
This affordable beverage dispenser is a fail-safe option for all your entertaining needs. It generously holds a full gallon of liquid, whether that’s fruit punch, sangria, or lemon water. The clear plastic dispenser also features an integrated infuser: Fill the infuser with ice to keep drinks cold without diluting them or add fresh fruit and mint to infuse into a drink without leaving residue.
Another draw of this option is the budget-friendly price—if you’re hosting a larger gathering, say a wedding or a backyard party, the lower price tag means you can pick up a few beverage dispensers for a variety of drinks. Consider having one with a boozy drink, and one filled with flavored water for non-imbibers. A leak-free spigot makes it simple and mess-free to pour. Note this dispenser does need to be hand-washed.
Best for Outside: Wimbledon 5-Piece Beverage Dispenser Set
Mason jars always seem to add some whimsy and Southern flair to the festivities. This massive mason jar-inspired beverage dispenser holds 128 ounces or the equivalent of twelve glasses worth of beverage. Plus, this retro set includes not only one large dispenser but four matching glasses with lids and stoppers (note you will need straws for the lids). Pour the first round of drinks into the eight-ounce glasses, then use the beverage dispenser to keep glasses full throughout the night. Try filling up this option with a large format Moscow Mule or a batch of boozy fruit punch.
This set is an excellent option if you’re drinking outside: the lids of the glasses will protect your drink from bugs or leaves. The beverage dispenser and the glasses are all dishwasher-safe for quick and easy clean up.
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Best Insulating: Update International Stainless Steel Coffee Urn
Whether you’re sipping fresh coffee or spirited hot toddies, this insulated coffee urn will keep hot beverages warm for hours, without the use of electricity (though if you need the extra power, the beverage dispenser is outfitted with a fuel holder). The roomy urn holds 48 cups of coffee (or mulled wine) or three gallons of liquid. Keep it on hand for buffet-style dinners, weddings, or cold-weather festivities, and keep the hard cider flowing.
This option has a little more style than your average coffee urn, with retro-inspired gold detailing throughout the chrome-plated stainless steel beverage dispenser. A gold-colored set of handles, a lid, and leg add a vintage air to the hot beverage dispenser. Plus the gold and stainless steel metal is finished with rust, corrosion, and leak-proof coating.
Best for Wine: Wine Nook Original Wooden Box Wine Dispenser
Calling all wine lovers: this beverage dispenser is specifically designed to hold 3 liters of your favorite wine, whether it’s a bubbly prosecco, a velvety red, or a crisp white. It’s crafted from stained pine with handsome aluminum finishes. Features include removable scrolled feet to make the unit easier to move, plus an included ice pack to keep your white wine chilled for hours. Use the small chalkboard label to let drinkers know what’s in their glass.
There are two options with this beverage dispenser: purchase a box of wine and place the accompanying bag into the dispenser. Or, if you’d prefer to drink a bottle, pour the bottle directly into the included bag. The wine bag is designed to pour the wine down a small ramp and out the spigot. This unit does require special care: clean the wood with a cloth, and keep it out of sunlight. Extended contact with the sun will fade the finish. Each Wine Nook Wooden Box Wine Dispenser is handcrafted in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Best Large: Creative Bath Bark 2.5-Gallon Beverage Dispenser
If you’re hosting a particularly thirsty crowd, this spacious beverage dispenser holds a whopping 2.5 gallons of liquid. Fill up the dispenser and use the reservoir to store ice and keep the beverages cool without diluting the drinks. Or, use the reservoir to store fruit, florals, or other decorations themed to your festivities to add some pizzazz.
This unit is great for both indoors and outdoors, though it is for cold beverages only. This budget-friendly drink dispenser is completely shatterproof and made from super-durable BPA-free plastic to keep it safe from drops or bumps. Hand washing is recommended, though it can go in the dishwasher in a pinch.
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Best Glass: Estilo Glass Mason Jar Beverage Dispensers
This dual-beverage dispenser allows for multiple drinks, one-gallon of each. The two-jug beverage dispenser takes the guesswork out of making cocktails for a crowd. Use one for boozy beverages and the other for flavored water or non-alcoholic drinks. Or serve a breezy, fruity drink in one, and a stronger, spirit-forward drink in the other. Use the chalkboards to let your guest know what they’re drinking (two pieces of chalk are included).
Both dispensers are crafted from durable glass (though that means they do have to be washed by hand) and sit on a single metal rack with legs that keep condensation off your surfaces. Handy spigots make it easy to dispense drinks, and big lids make it easy to fill up the containers.
Best for Whiskey: Personalized American Premium Oak Aging Barrel
For the whiskey lover, this charming beverage dispenser is a mini version of the massive American oak barrels that many whiskeys are aged in, complete with black steel hoops and a medium-charred interior. And just like the big versions that your favorite drams are aged in, you can add an unaged whiskey (or blend your own) and actually age your own spirits. Try whiskey, beer, wine, or rum, or batch a Manhattan and age it in the barrel. The new oak will impart flavors of vanilla, butter, coconut, and caramel to the liquid.
The barrels come in a variety of sizes, from one liter to 20 liters. With three or five-liter options, you can add and blend several bottles. Best of all, each barrel can be customized with your name or a logo or image.
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Most Stylish: Country Cottage Pearl Beverage Dispenser by Twine
This elegant option is one of the more unique beverage dispensers on the market, with curving clear glass to showcase whatever you’re pouring. Taking design cues from a decanter, the smooth glass is contoured to allow wines to breathe, while a cork top nods to the wine world. The cork closure doubles as a way to keep bugs and other nature out of your drink.
The teardrop shape makes this dispenser an excellent option for wines, but it will work just as well for batched cocktails and sparkling punches. A bronze spigot completes the appeal and makes hosting a crowd a breeze. It holds 320 ounces total or roughly twelve glasses of liquid. Because this set is made with quality glass, handwashing is recommended.
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