Summer time is all about enjoying the sun and fresh air and spending time with family and friends. That is why outdoor BBQs are so much fun. Besides the typical BBQ staples of burgers, hot dogs, steak and fresh salads, what you offer your guests to drink can also influence how successful your BBQ is. Often times it is the alcoholic offerings that can make or break a party.
If you can’t afford a swanky bartender to serve a variety of drinks to your guests, you might be thinking that your only option is to just offer cold beers and maybe some wine but that is about it. Luckily there are a lot of fun cocktails you can serve that will spice things up and because you can make pitchers of them, they are very simple to make and serve. There will be no need to be stuck behind the bar during the party with these fun recipes.
Here are 13 summer BBQ drinks to make for your next BBQ party:
1. Pineapple Rosé Sangria
Even if you don’t love traditional sangria, you are going to love this special twist. The ingredients are simple: a bottle of Rosé, pineapple juice and raspberries, blackberries and pineapple. And all you need to do is mix all the ingredients in a large pitcher and serve over ice. For more fizz, you can also add some sparkling wine or champagne. For a full recipe by Roasted Root, click here.
2. Strawberry Wine Punch
All your wine connoisseurs will love this strawberry wine punch by Miss in the Kitchen. It is a more summery and more refreshing way to have your wine. And a wine punch is better than a liquor-based one when you are going to be out in the sun for a long time.
Ingredients include moscato wine, strawberry daiquiri mix, sprite and fresh strawberries. For a full recipe, click here.
3. Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Margarita
Love margaritas, but don’t feel like having to serve up individual margaritas up all day? Then try making a pitcher of Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Margarita by Tasty Yummies which is the perfect summer BBQ drink with the hints of hibiscus and lime.
Ingredients include purified water, dried hibiscus, watermelon juice, maple syrup, lime juice and silver tequila. You can also make a non-alcoholic version. For a full recipe, click here.
4. Strawberry Pimm’s Cup
This particular cocktail by How Sweet Eats is an adaptation of a popular British cocktail that combines Pimm’s with fresh fruit to snack on. Think about how much healthier everyone will feel with all of that fruit.
Ingredients include: fresh mint, cucumber slices, strawberries, lemons, limes, Pimm’s No. 1, ginger beer, club soda. For a full recipe, click here.
5. Cider Rum Punch
If you have secretly always wondered what the pirate life was like then you must try this Cider Rum Punch by Spry Living. While you probably think of cider more in the cooler fall and winter months, cider mixed with rum is the perfect combination for the summer time.
Ingredients include: dark rum, lemon juice, thyme simple syrup, apple cider, club soda, Angostura Bitters. For full recipe, click here.
6. Ginger Beer-Pineapple-Rum Punch
If you like living on the edge and like some spice with your sweetness, then the Ginger Beer-Pineapple-Run Punch by Cookin Canuck is a must for your next party. This punch is mostly non-carbonated so if you like some fizz to your drink just add a splash of club soda.
Ingredients include: fresh lime juice, ginger beer, dark Jamaican rum and pineapple juice. For full recipe, click here.
7. Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer
This versatile cocktail by Kitchn will be a hit at both simple downhome BBQs and more sophisticated affairs as well. If you are not a blueberry fan, you can also substitute blackberry or raspberry instead.
Ingredients include: blueberries, vodka, blueberry lavender simple syrup, lime juice, soda water, fresh lavender. For full recipe, click here.
8. Vodka Mint Limeade
Looking for a fresh, clean, classic taste? Then Vodka Mint Limeade by Laylita is exactly what you need. It is just the right amount of sweet and tart for a summer drink.
Ingredients include: limes/lemons, mint leaves, cold water, honey or another sweetener and vodka. For full recipe, click here.
9. Strawberry Blood Orange Rum Punch
Colorful drinks like this Strawberry Blood Orange Rum Punch by Bojon Gourmet is a lot fun during the summer. Chockful of citrus fruits and strawberries, this drink will have you smiling in no time.
Ingredients include: pomegranate juice, orange juice, lime juice, dark and light rums and sparkling water. For full recipe, click here.
10. Strawberry Ginger Punch
Strawberry Ginger Punch by How Sweet Eats is another great ginger-based cocktail giving you the perfect combination of heat and sweetness. Consider adding some St. Germain to give the drink some extra punch.
Ingredients include: strawberries, vodka, lime, basil, ginger and sugar. For full recipe, click here.
11. Frozen Mango Margarita Frosties
On really hot days, nothing goes downs as well as a cold and frosty beverage so why not make some Frozen Mango Margarita Frosties? And it is so rich, it can count as dessert too.
Ingredients include: fresh mango, lime, tequila, grand marnier. You can also make a non-alcoholic version too. For full recipe, click here.
12. Bubbly Champagne Punch
This old-fashioned punch from Foodie Crush is a classy version of Jungle Juice.
Ingredients include: Triple sec/Grand Marnier, brandy, Chambord, pineapple juice, ginger ale, dry champagne, raspberries. For full recipe, click here.
13. Piña Colada Sangria
This cocktail by Delish is the perfect warm weather treat. You can find fans of it all across the country.
Ingredients include: white wine, pineapple juice, seltzer, pineapple, coconut rum and maraschino cherries. For full recipe click here.
Any one of these delicious recipes will be a big hit at your next BBQ party. To make sure you have plenty for everyone, make a few batches and freeze them. Also make sure you have a few pretty punch bowls or pitchers for serving.
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