10 Great Cookout Cocktails

Tall and Refreshing Drinks for the BBQ

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One of the great traditions of summer is the cookout. It could be Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or just some random weekend when you invite family and friends over for a little barbecue, backyard games, and simple fun. When it comes to the drinks many people choose the simple options like a cooler full of beer, but if you are looking for a great cocktail or two to serve, here are a few suggestions.

When serving drinks at a cookout there are a few things to keep in mind: simple and...MORE easy, tall and refreshing, and, preferably, ready to go. The drinks below fall into most of these categories, with a few requiring just a little more work - a quick muddle at most - than others, but all are ideal candidates for the backyard or poolside cookout. Also, the majority of these can be made into pre-mixed punches very easily.

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    Rosemary Lemonade
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    A cookout would not be complete without a great lemonade drink and this is an easy favorite.

    The mix of reposado tequila, fresh squeezed lemonade, and rosemary-infused ice cubes will be a crowd favorite and can easily be prepared in large batches in advance.

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    Bramble Bar Cocktail Recipe
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    Scotch is the star of this drink, paired here with apple and lemon juices with an elderflower cordial bringing in an herbal flair.

    The cocktail becomes a thirst-quenching libation with a little mineral water to finish it up.

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    Michelada Mexican Beer Drink
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    If you're ready to spice up your favorite beer, then turn to the ever-popular Michelada. It goes great with anything you can put on the grill and a little more interesting than just cracking open a cold one.

    The Michelada is actually quite simple. Just pick your favorite Mexican beer and season it with lime, hot sauce, soy sauce, and Worcestershire. Add some fresh pepper and you're ready to drink.

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    Easy Hawaiian Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe
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    A member of the Long Island Iced Tea family, this tropical version packs the same punch, but swaps out the cola for pineapple juice.

    If you want to add a little sparkle, a splash of soda water will do just fine.

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    Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Cocktail by Tom Fischer and Steven Dennison
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    Could there be a drink more appropriate for a cookout than one named the Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Cocktail? If you're up for an adventure, this is the drink to mix up.

    Just as the name implies, this recipe includes all three of those ingredients. The bourbon is Maker's Mark along with a honey whiskey liqueur and the beer is a Hefeweizen. The 'barbecue' comes from watered-down barbecue sauce. It's fun, that's for sure.

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    Nolet's Silver Dry Gin Rhubarb Collins Cocktail
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    If you have not enjoyed rhubarb in a drink you are missing out on one of the best flavors of summer.

    A homemade rhubarb syrup and rhubarb bitters are paired with a great gin and lime juice for a very fun and new cocktail that is too much fun to pass up.

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    The Popular El Diablo Tequila Cocktail
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    The snap of this drink comes from the ginger beer that tops off the tequila, creme de cassis, lime combination.

    It is a fun and easy drink to make and the black currant flavor of the cassis is a nice change of pace from the more often used berries.

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    UV Liberty Cocktail with UV Blue Vodka
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    An incredibly easy drink to mix up, the UV Liberty is the ultimate blue cocktail for summer. It will certainly make a splash at the cookout.

    This recipe mixes the very fun UV Blue Vodka with raspberry sherbet and lemon-lime soda. It looks spectacular and tastes great. This is sure to be a hit with every guest.

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    Tequila Avion's Papaya Smash Cocktail
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    Papaya and tequila go together like burgers and fries. Here we use an anejo tequila, fresh papaya, bitter-sweet orange liqueur, and orange and lime juices to create a very stimulating little cocktail.

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    Chabay Vodka's Raspberry Press Cocktail
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    Grab the raspberry vodka because this quick cocktail is going to be a fantastic addition to your barbecue. 

    The Raspberry Press is nothing more than adding a splash of two clear sodas to the fruity vodka. It's simple, yes, but the key is choosing a great vodka and Red Raspberry from California's Charbay is a perfect choice.