Grilling meats is great, but it’s not really a party until you serve up some adult beverages. Take your next cookout to the next level with a refreshing cocktail to help wash down those smoky, salty burgers, wings and steaks. All of these drinks feature citrus (because nothing says summer like citrus) and a few even boast some beer. Mix up these bad boys and you’ll be the undisputed king of the barbecue!
Grilled Lemonade: This is the ultimate cookout cocktail. Made with two parts juice from grilled lemons, two parts whiskey and one part simple syrup, it’s easy to make in big or small batches and will most definitely earn you the title of “Grill Master” among your circle of friends.
Beer-Margarita: This is another citrus-y cocktail that’s made in big batches to serve a party. Sure, you might get teased for the recipe—equal parts Corona, Fresca, frozen limeade and tequila. But we guarantee they’ll eat (er, drink) their words with their first sip of this sweet, tart, refreshing take on a margarita.
Friday Night Light: You could just pick up a case of Natural Light for your next cookout. Or you could splurge a little and mix up a cocktail with a quality beer. This citrusy, summery drink features a farmhouse ale with grapefruit, lemon and rum—and like a beer, it’s served in a pint glass (or a red plastic party cup).
Ginger Shandy: If your goal is to keep things simple but slightly elevated, and you don’t want your guests getting too out of control, this is one of the best drinks you can serve. It’s one part wheat beer and one part ginger beer, served over ice with a lemon wheel. Goes great with anything Asian-inspired, chicken or fish.
Mojito: A traditional Cuban highball, the mojito is the quintessential summer cocktail. Because it’s on the sweet side, it’s perfect for serving alongside spicy grilled meats. Just make sure you prepare these to order—or even better, enlist a party guest to help.