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12 Summer Cocktails You’ll Want to Have at Your Next Backyard BBQ

  • August 2, 2018
  • By Admin: Our Big Fun Party
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Beers are fine for everyday affairs, but if you want your backyard BBQ to stand out you need to up your game. Cocktails are the way to go for a colorful splash of summer refreshment.

Unless you want to shake things up with the most glamorous drink in the world, the Diamonds are Forever Martini, this list of delish summer cocktails will do the trick.

1. Party Starter

Kick your event into gear with this aptly named concoction. It’s guaranteed to get everyone in high spirits from the word go.

Here’s how to make it happen:

Pour 1 1/2 oz. tequila, 3/4 oz. of lemon, 3/4 oz. of honey diluted 2:1 with water and 2 dashes of lavender bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and then strain the mix into a tall glass.

To serve, top with tonic, 2 more dashes of lavender bitters, and curl of grapefruit peel.

2. Margarita

This is one of the classic summer cocktails that deserves a place at any warm-weather social occasion. Hire a bartender for this one, as your guests are sure to be coming back for more.

The recipe goes like this:

Combine the following in a shaker with ice.

  • 1 oz. lime
  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Amaro Montenegro
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup (2:1 honey to water)
  • 1/4 oz. blue Curacao
  • 1/4 oz. mezcal

Shake it up, strain into a double rocks glass, and garnish with a flourish of lime. It’s poolside perfection.

3. The 50-50 Martini

Another one of the world’s best cocktail drinks, the Martini is a hit whether shaken or stirred. The beauty of this drink lies in its classy simplicity.

Mix 1 1/2 oz. gin or vodka with 1 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist or olive, and you’re good to go.

A dash of orange bitters can add some interest if you like it like that.

4. Pear Mojito

The Mojito has been around for over 500 years, and it’s still one of the most popular cocktails around. It’s versatile, pretty, and smacks of a tropical getaway. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Try this version to bring that island vibe into your own backyard:

Place some fresh spearmint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass and get to work on them with a muddler. Pour in 1.5 oz. rum, .75 oz. lime juice, .75 oz. simple syrup, and 1 oz. pear puree.

Add ice and transfer the mixture to a shaker. Shake it all up before transferring the lot back into the glass and topping up with club soda. A sprig of mint and a thin slice of pear complete the picture.

5. The East Side of Some Island

Continuing the island theme, this original compilation is a low-alcohol take on gin-iced tea. It all starts with brewing the tea and allowing it to cool. Then proceed as follows:

Combine 1 3/4 oz. hibiscus tea, 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice, 2 oz. gin and 1 oz. simple syrup in a shaker with loads of ice. Add a fistful of mint, 8 slices of cucumber and shake hard.

Strain the drink into a chilled Collins glass with more ice and a pinch of salt. Add grated lime zest and a cucumber slice for garnish.

6. Beachside Rum Punch

If you don’t want to spend your day making summer alcoholic drinks, a bowl of this fragrant punch will set you free.

For a big, boozy, bowl of deliciousness, mix the following together:

  • 2 cups rum
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup lime
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon syrup
  • 1/2 cup Curacao
  • 16 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish as you please, remember to place a ladle in a strategic position, sit back and enjoy.

7. Sour-Cherry Gin Smash

This attractive crimson drink is the perfect partner for a summer soiree.

To make it, muddle 6 sour cherries together with a cube of sugar in a cocktail shaker. Pour in 2 oz. gin and .5 oz. fresh lime juice and shake. Strain into a Collins glass and top with ginger ale and a lime wedge.

8. Mexican Mule

No list of drinks is complete without some summer cocktails with vodka. Try this central American take on the Moscow classic.

Combine 2 oz. vodka, .5 oz. lime juice, .75 oz. pineapple juice and .5 oz. ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker and stir them together. Strain the drink into a rocks glass, add a splash of spiced rum and you’re good to go.

9. Sicilian Firing Squad

This dramatic looking blood-red concoction is the perfect match for a Mafia-themed party and it’s easy to make. Simply combine the following ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake:

  • 1 oz. Solerno Blood Orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. Montelobos mezcal
  • .5 oz. grenadine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice

A lime wheel and Luxardo cherry garnish add to the garish effect.

10. Glacier-Rita

Follow in the footsteps of Ultrarunner Jenn Shelton with this fun make-ahead cocktail. She uses snow instead of ice, but that’s hardly appropriate for a summer party. Here’s how to drink like a high-performance athlete after a long day on the trail.

Fill a Ziploc sandwich bag with ice and then sprinkle a pack of Emergen-C over the top. Add 3 to 4 ounces of tequila, close the Ziploc and shake. Drink directly from the bag.

11. Spifflicated Lady

When the day is ending, and you want to tone things down a bit, this low alcohol cocktail is your go-to.

Shake 1/2 oz. dry gin, 1/2 oz. yellow Chartreuse, 1/2 oz. Batavia arrack, 1/2 oz. lemon juice and 1/4 oz. simple syrup together in a cocktail shaker and shake it all about.

Strain the lot into a cocktail glass filled with ice and top with tonic water, a sprig of mint and float of 1/4 oz. Fernet-Branca.

12. Alcohol-Free Summer Cocktails

Refreshing drinks for the drivers among your party are a nice touch. Spoil them with these concoctions:

  • Peach Bellini – peach nectar and mixed berries topped up with ginger ale
  • Paloma fizz – pink grapefruit juice, rosemary syrup, and seltzer water
  • Blueberry mule – fresh blueberries, lime juice, sugar, and ginger beer.

Garnish with pretty edible flowers, herbs, and fruit to make these cocktails look as good as they taste.

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