Each year, Memorial Day marks the start of “cookout season,” but you can’t have a good barbecue without something cold to wash the food down.
That’s why we’ve decided to inspire the mixologist in you and share five amazingly delicious — and easy-to-make — adult beverages. Your next cookout is going to blow your guests away.
Before we get started, though, the key to whipping up successful party drinks is to make big batches of each cocktail. You also want to make sure they're light and refreshing to combat the heat. This will also balance out the heavy foods typically served at barbecues.
This classic tequila drink is easily made in bulk, requiring just your preferred brand of tequila, ice, and whatever Jarritos soda flavor you like. Don’t forget to have plenty of salt or sugar to add to the rims of your glasses.
7½ oz. tequila
Juice of 4 limes
1 cup ice
Jarritos soda (fruit punch, lime, pineapple, mandarin orange)
Salt for glass rims
Lime slices for garnish
A blended daiquiri is perfect for a hot summer day as it doubles as a sweet, frozen treat and a cocktail. Just throw ice, strawberries, rum, lime juice, Triple Sec, and confectioners’ sugar into a blender. Daiquiris on deck!
1 oz. light rum
½ oz. Triple Sec
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup ice
6 fresh strawberries, stems removed
3) Hawaiian Mai Tai:
You don’t need to travel to the Hawaiian Islands for a tropical experience; all you need to do is mix up a delicious batch of Mai Tai, and you’re ready to host your own summer luau.
2 oz. of dark rum
2 oz. of light rum
2 oz. of orange juice
2 oz. of lemon juice
¾ oz. of Orange Curacao liqueur
¾ oz. of orgeat syrup
Maraschino cherries for garnish
4) Peach Mule:
This fruity take on the classic Moscow Mule is light and sure to tickle your taste buds. The combination of peach and lime juices makes for a refreshing base, while the ginger beer adds a spicy kick.
4 oz. unsweetened peach juice
2 oz. vodka
Juice of 1 lime wedge
2 oz. ginger beer
Peach slices for garnish
Sangria is always in season, but this spicy, tropical twist is perfect to warm you up when those cool summer breezes start rolling in as the sun sets.
¾ cup sugar
1 jalapeno, cut crosswise
3 ½ cups pineapple juice
One bottle good Chardonnay
1 cup ice
Pineapple and jalapeno slices for garnish
This drink requires a bit more prep than combining the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or blender, but it is well worth it. See detailed instructions below.
Step 1: In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, and jalapeno to a boil, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Let cool completely and then strain, discarding the jalapeno.
Step 2: In a large pitcher, combine the jalapeno syrup, pineapple juice, and wine. Stir well.
Step 3: Refrigerate until well chilled, about 60 minutes. Serve the sangria over ice and garnish with jalapeno and pineapple.
Keep these options in mind as you plan to host your next gathering, but as delicious as they are, please always remember to encourage your guests to drink responsibly.