The job of grillmaster needs to come with perks. You are having friends and family over and you have taken on the responsibility of providing your guests with a delicious meal. This is a big job and when you do the work to accomplish your goal, you will certainly work up a big thirst. You need a refreshing cocktail to tide you over. Here are 6 cocktails every grillmaster should drink.

Gin and Tonic, Veggie Style

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz. gin
  • Celery bitters
  • Maraschino liqueur
  • Mint leaves
  • Cucumber slice
  • Lime wedge
  • Tonic water

Directions:

1.  Combine gin, bitters and maraschino liqueur in a large, ice-filled glass and stir well. Place your cucumber and mint leaves in the glass and place the line wedge on the side.

2. Add in the tonic water and mix slowly.

 

Salty Perro Rojo

Ingredients:

  • Coarse sea salt
  • 4 oz. red grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz.  tequila

Directions:

1. Place sea salt on a plate and wet the rim of your large glass and place it in the salt so the edge gets covered. Pour in the grapefruit juice—freshly squeezed is best for this drink—and then add in your tequila.

2. Add lots of ice and mix well.

 

Black and Tan

This is a traditional British drink often imbibed by soccer enthusiasts (read hooligans) but it translates well to summertime. It’s idea for the grillmaster who wants to collect his thoughts as he prepares his meal.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of chilled India Pale Ale
  • 12 ounces of chilled imperial stout

Directions:

1. Pour the chilled India Pale Ale in a large glass. Then take a large spoon and hold it above the ale. Pour the stout on the back of the spoon in a slow but steady manner.

2. You should see two levels of your drink, one tan in color on the bottom and one much darker on top.

 

Vodka and Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces fresh lemonade
  • 1 lemon, sliced in wheel fashion

Directions:

1. Shake vodka and lemonade in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a large ice-filled glass.

2. Add lemon wheel as garnish to the glass.

 

Michelada

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. of chilled light lager. Corona works well.
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce. Tabasco works well
  • Fresh black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Lime

Directions:

1.  Pour 2 tablespoons of salt on a flat plate. Use lime to wet the rim of a chilled large glass and salt the rim.

2.  Fill glass with ice and squeeze the lime over the ice.

3.  Pour the beer over the ice and add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

4.  Stir slowly until the ingredients are well mixed. Serve the drink quickly and have another ready.

 

Caipirinha

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. rum
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • Lime

Directions:

1.  Put the lime, cut in wedges in a glass with sugar and ice.

2.  Use a muddler to smash the lime and sugar together.

3.  Pour in the rum and add more ice. Mix well.

-Steve Silverman