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Best BBQ cocktail recipes


The best part of summer is that barbeque season is back. Beer coolers are a summer staple at cookouts, but why get full on beer with delicious food on the grill? Instead, make the best barbeque cocktails for you and your guests.

Not Tom Collins

This is Tom cocktail is not a Tom Collins, and we should be glad for that. This spirited drink features India Pale Ale beer for fizzy touch, and Old Tom, an old-style gin that is sweeter than your average gin and with a softer juniper flavor.

Yield: 1


1 ½ oz. Old Tom gin

½ oz. Heering cherry liqueur

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

2 oz. chilled IPA

Lemon wheel for garnish


1.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and all of the ingredients, except for the IPA beer and lemon wheel garnish.

2.Shake well and strain into a highball glass, without ice.

3.Top off the glass with the IPA beer and garnish the glass with the lemon wheel.

Fruit Crush

This refreshing gin drink is full of fruit and citrus flavor for a crisp summer pick-me-up.

Yield: 1


½ large peach, sliced

6 small basil leaves, and a few extra for garnish

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

1 ½ oz. gin

1 oz. Lillet


Club soda


1.In a tall glass, muddle the peach and six basil leaves with the lemon juice.

2.Add the gin, Lillet, and simple syrup, and stir together.

3.Add a couple of ice cubes and top off with club soda.

4.Garnish with a sprig of basil.

Grilled Citrus Sangria

This grilled sangria perfectly complements smoky barbeque dishes and this recipe makes enough to share.

Yield: 6-8


3 cups stemmed seedless red grapes

2 oranges cut into ½-inch wheels

2 lemons cut into ½-inch wheels

2 750-ml bottles rosé

8 oz. simple syrup

8 oz. brandy



1.Light a fire in your grill (recommended to hardwood charcoal). Put the grapes on a perforated grill sheet, or use some foil and punch holes in it with a fork.

2.Toss the grapes occasionally and cook until the grapes start to burst, about six minutes. When ready, transfer to a plate to cool.

3.At the same time, grill the orange and lemon wheels over the fire, turning once, until they are lightly charred. This should also take about six minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

4.In a large pitcher, combine the wine, simple syrup, brandy, and grilled fruit, and stir well.

5.Refrigerate the sangria until is well chilled and the flavors have blended, which is at least one hour and up to eight hours.

6.Serve the sangria in glasses filled with ice. 


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