Is there anything better than barbequing on a hot summer day? There’s something about feeling the heat of the BBQ, basking in the warmth of the sun, and smelling the char of the grill that just makes us feel all the summer feels. To go with your grilled meal, you need a cocktail in (each) hand, right? If you’re stuck on what to mix up, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only are we sharing our top picks, but we’ve got the recipes to go with them. Whichever cocktail you choose is sure to have you and your guests happy as clams this summer!
You can never go wrong with a margarita but if you want to add a kick, turn up the heat. The sweetness of the muddled fruit, zesty citrus and subtle spice all work together to create the perfect balance of flavours. Rim the glass with some salt and you’ll be in pure bliss all night long!
If you can’t stand making cocktails by the glass, why not have a pitcher ready for easy serving? There are lots of cocktails that can be made in large batches but a fave of many is sangria. Filled with fruit, wine, and some brandy, sangria couldn’t be simpler to make and it always looks so pretty on the table.
If it’s a crowd-pleaser you’re after, look no further than the classic caesar. There are loads of ways to make one and even more countless ways to garnish so get creative and play with some flavour! If your guests are fans of spice, go big on the hot sauce but be mindful because you can always add heat but it’s tricky to take away. However you like it, be sure not to forget the rim — that’s the best part in our opinion!
Cool yourself off with a fresh and cool minty mojito. The refreshing and invigorating flavour of the fresh mint and flavourful rum is unparalleled. Plus it’s a gorgeous and effortless cocktail to make — isn’t that what it’s all about? While we love a classic, try new flavours like Strawberry Basil or Blackberry Lemon, or even Melon!
Even if the sun isn’t shining where you are, it can always be bright and sunny when you serve up a spritz. A spritz is crazy easy to make, it’s a blend of any kind of mixer, spirit, and a bit of carbonated water or soda. Take yours to the next level with some fresh herbs, citrus, and if you want to really make a splash, add a drop of food colouring to really enhance the cocktail without anyone being the wiser.
Take your love of summer cocktails to a whole new height when you come out with a tray of Paloma Popsicles. These little cuties are a breeze to make as the freezer does all the hard work. Your guests will be truly blown away as these pops have all the flavours of the classic Paloma but they’re even more refreshing.
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