29 Awesome BBQ drinks

Light, refreshing, big-batch cocktails to make your next BBQ party fun and easy.

When you're planning a barbecue, one thing you don't want is to be playing bartender all night. You want drinks that can be fixed in bulk and served from pitchers, or even a beverage server with a spigot sitting on a table as a self-serve option. You also want cocktails that are light and … [Read more...]

Malibu Driver

Malibu Driver drink recipe with Malibu rum and orange juice.

The Malibu Driver is one of the simplest cocktail recipes out there, with just two ingredients: Malibu coconut rum and orange juice. Because it includes two ounces of the coconut rum, that flavor balances the sweet-tartness of the orange juice, and you get a flavor that's mellow with no rough … [Read more...]

The C&T Cocktail

The C&T Cocktail recipe with Bombay Sapphire, cranberry juice, Absolut Mandarin and lime.

The C&T Cocktail was suggested by one of our readers, Michael Julian, who created it with a friend. It's based on the Cranberry Gin, but to that delicious combination, it adds flavors of orange and lime. Michael said: A friend of mine is a big Bombay Sapphire fan, so naturally we started … [Read more...]

Spicy Apricot Margarita

Spicy Apricot Margarita drink recipe with apricot puree, tequila, and jalapeño.

The Spicy Apricot Margarita comes from Guy Goldstein at Bustan in New York. It blends apricot puree with tequila, flavors of lime and orange, and jalapeño. You can make this drink two different ways. If you remove the seeds from the jalapeño before muddling, it'll be spicy. If you leave the … [Read more...]

Strawberry Smash

Strawberry Smash drink recipe with vodka, strawberry, basil and lemon juice.

The Strawberry Smash cocktail actually does involve smashing strawberries, or more precisely, muddling them. With basil. And then you add to that vodka, lemon and a bit of agave nectar, and you've got a fabulous summer cocktail. This one comes from The Fillmore Room in NYC. The dominant … [Read more...]

The Lion

The Lion cocktail recipe with jalapeño, pineapple, blueberry and mint flavors.

The Lion cocktail was created by Dave Powell at Corner Social in New York City, and it does indeed have a mighty roar. This summer cocktail is spicy-sweet and tropical, with flavors like jalapeño, pineapple, blueberry and mint. With this drink recipe involving actual pieces of jalapeño, mint … [Read more...]

Fresh Watermelon ‘Rita

Fresh Watermelon Margarita drink recipe features crushed watermelon with tequila, lime and Cointreau.

The Fresh Watermelon 'Rita comes from Erin Ward at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in NYC. This is a fun margarita that's easy to love and perfect for summer. It tastes like fresh watermelon with lime and orange. This is a great cocktail for barbecues and cookouts, because you can make everything in … [Read more...]

Highline Spritzer

Highline Spritzer drink recipe with tequila, Lillet Rose, lavender syrup, prosecco and lemon juice.

​The Highline Spritzer comes from mixologist Jon Howard at The Fillmore Room, and features white tequila with some fruity and lightly floral flavors. This cocktail was inspired by the New York City's High Line public park, and designed for warm days and drinking outside. In which case you might want … [Read more...]

Piñarita Cocktail

Piñarita Cocktail recipe featuring mango, coconut rum, tequila, cream of coconut and triple sec.

The Piñarita is a tropical frozen cocktail created by my friend who came up with Rum Caviar. Because it's made without ice, it's rich, creamy and luxurious rather than feeling watered down after a point. The mango and coconut are the predominant flavors here, with a lovely zing of orange and … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz Daisy

Santa Cruz Daisy cocktail recipe: rum-based with hints of lime and cherry.

The Santa Cruz Daisy cocktail is rum-based with lime, soda and maraschino liqueur. It's a refreshing drink for summer - lightly fruity and sweet enough for most palates. This is one of those old-fashioned recipes that calls for splashes and dashes and "the juice of 1/2 lime". I don't know … [Read more...]