5 Best Drinks For A BBQ

What is a barbecue without a good drink in your hand? Sure, a cold beer is a great companion but, where is the fun in that?

If you want your BBQ to be remembered, making great cocktails is just the ticket. It will make you the spirit of the party and will surely get you lots of BBQ invitations in the future!

As always, we are not looking to just make cocktails. We are looking for drinks that will be memorable and original. Here are our 5 Best Drinks For A BBQ.


FROZEN MOJITO

Any party is better with a good Mojito. For a hot summer barbecue, we recommend this Frozen Mojito. It will cool everybody down, while sipping on a delicious drink!

Ingredients you’ll need for 2 servings:

¼ cup of Simple Syrup

2 Juiced Limes

12 Fresh Mint Leaves

Mint Sprig for Garnish

4 oz. White Rum

2 cups Crushed Ice

To prepare:

You’ll need a blender for this. It is best served freshly made, so you can have the blender for everyone to use.

Pour the simple syrup, lime juice and mint leaves into the blender and blend well. Add the crushed ice and rum until smooth.

Present in rocks glasses with a mint sprigs to garnish. Enjoy!


CUCUMBER PINEAPPLE TEQUILA COOLER

You might associate tequila with salt, lime and shots, but it has a lot more to give.

This is a fresh and original cocktail that will give you everything you’d expect for a great BBQ.

Ingredients you’ll need for 4 servings:

1 cup Fresh Pineapple Cubes

1 Limes, peeled

1 Seedless Cucumber, peeled

Cucumber Slices for Garnish

4 oz. Silver Tequila

1 ½ cups of Ice Cubes

1 tablespoon Agave Nectar

Pinch of Salt

To prepare:

The best option is to use a vegetable juicer, but a blender will do as well. Whichever you use, process the pineapple, limes and cucumber.

Combine the juices with the tequila, the agave nectar, ice and salt in a cocktail shaker . Shake away until chilled.

Pour into tall Tom Collins glasses with ice. Add a straw and a cucumber slice to finish it off. A delight!


GINGER LEMONGRASS PINA COLADA

Pina (or Piña) Colada is a very popular drink. This ginger lemongrass version is a tasty way to surprise your guests and change it up!

Ingredients you’ll need for 4 servings:

1 Stalk Lemongrass

¾ cup Peeled and Sliced Fresh Ginger

½ cup Sugar

Ice

2 cups Pineapple Juice, chilled

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 cup White Rum, chilled

Pinch of Salt

4 Fresh Mint Sprigs

To prepare:

To get the inside fibers of the lemongrass exposed, grab a heavy knife and with the back of it, put pressure on the lemongrass stalk. Cut the fibers into 1-inch long pieces.

In a small saucepan, simmer the lemongrass, ginger, sugar and ½ cup of water. Cook until the sugar has dissolves. Remove from heat and leave for 20 minutes.

We only need the syrup, so strain it into a large bowl with the ice and whisk away. Stop when it has cooled.

Now get the blender and blend the syrup, coconut milk, rum and pineapple juice.

Pour into a glass and garnish with a mint sprig.


WATERMELON MARTINI

Martinis are a great choice for most events. In a summer day under the hot sun, a BBQ needs a special kind of martini. This Watermelon Martini is the perfect combination of flavors for an amazing day outside.

Ingredients you’ll need for 8 servings:

½ cup of Sugar

½ cup of Water

5 cups Watermelon (no seeds)

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 ¼ cups of Vodka

2 oz. Melon Liqueur

8 Lemon Twists

To prepare:

In a small saucepan, boil the water and sugar until it dissolves. Let is cool down.

We need to puree the watermelon (no skin) in a food processor. Add some of the syrup and freeze in empty ice cube trays for 4 hours.

Put the lemon juice, vodka, syrup, the frozen watermelon juice, melon liqueur and blend. Once it is smooth, pour into martini glasses and add a lemon twist.


FRESH PEACH BELLINI

If white wine is what you love, here is a drink for you. It is an easy to make delight.

Ingredients you’ll need for 6 to 8 servings:

2 Ripe Peaches, seeded and diced

1 tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon of Sugar

1 Bottle of Chilled Prosecco Sparkling Wine

To prepare:

In a food processor with steel blades, process the peaches, lemon juice and sugar. Sieve the mixture.

In a Champagne glass, add 2 tablespoons of the peach and top it off with cold Prosecco. Serve right away.

 

Top 5 Party Drinks

So you are having a party and are looking for great cocktails to surprise friends and family. Well, you have come to the right place!

Here at Bartender, we are always looking to help you out by giving you cocktail recipes with a twist. Our Top 5 Party Drinks are no exception. Take a look, try them out and enjoy responsibly!


LIME SORBET MARGARITA

A margarita is a sure bet if you are having a party. Learn this recipe well, because at the end of the night everybody will want to get a copy off of you! It is very simple and takes almost no time, helping you make batches without missing your own party.

Ingredients you’ll need for 8 servings:

1 Lime, cut into 8 wedges

¼ cup of Sugar

2 pints of Lime Sorbet

½ cup of Tequila, good quality

To prepare:

Easy, so easy. First, let’s decorate the glasses. Rub a lime wedge on the rim of each glass and dip into sugar you previously put on a plate.

Now the drink itself. Add two scoops of lime sorbet per glass with tequila and serve with a spoon.

Fresh and sweet, perfect for a pool party!


CUCUMBER SAKETINI

If you are looking for a fresh cocktail with a sting, the Cucumber Saketini is the drink for you.

Served in a martini glass, it will give any party that extra sophisticated and chic touch. Think Sex and the City!

If the big city presentation isn’t up your alley, serve it in a low glass.

Ingredients you’ll need for 1 serving:

3 oz. of Gin

½ oz. of Sake

5 thin slices of Cucumber

To prepare:

Simplicity is key when making good cocktails, especially if you are throwing a party.

In your cocktail shaker, mix the gin, the sake and ice. Strain into your kind of glass, we recommend a martini glass, but feel free to experiment. Garnish with the slices of cucumber.


BOURBON AND BLOOD ORANGE BLAST

Here is a drink that will add color to your party while putting a smile on everybody’s face. It combines the sweetness of the orange, with the freshness of the mint and the distinctive flavour of the Bourbon.

Ingredients you’ll need for one cocktail:

1 ½ oz. Bourbon

½ cup Blood Orange Juice

8 Fresh Mint Leaves

1 Sprig of Mint for Garnish

To prepare:

In your favorite shaker, mix all of the ingredients (except the garnish, obviously). Shake.

Pour into a low glass with ice and add the sprig mint to garnish. What a treat!


PEAR MIMOSAS

We have all had a Mimosa or two, or three. Yes, they are delicious, but we already have a drink with orange juice. It has been done, so let’s try something else. Pears. Yes, Pear Mimosas.

Ingredients you’ll need for 8 servings:

2 bottles of Champagne, chilled

4 cups of Pear Nectar

1 Lime cut into 8 Wedges

To prepare:

In a flute or wine glass, serve ¾ cup of Champagne and ½ cup of pear nectar.

Squeeze the lime wedge and throw it in. Done!


WHITE SANGRIA

Yes, White Sangria. This drink is usually prepared with red wine. If you like white wine better, or just to surprise your friends and be the talk of the party, try it out. It will be a success!

Ingredients you’ll need for 6 servings:

6 cups of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc

¼ cup Superfine Sugar

1 cup White Grape Juice

1 Ripe Nectarine, pitted and cut into wedges, thin

1 Tangerine, thinly sliced

1 cup Seedless White Grapes, cut in half

1 cup Club Soda

To prepare:

Sangrias are best presented in a large pitcher. Mix the wind and sugar stirring until it completely dissolves.

Combine with the nectarine, tangerine and white grapes. Refrigerate for 4 hours. If you are in a hurry, 1 hour is the minimum we recommend.

Stir, add the club soda and ice to serve.

Top 5 Winter Drinks

Oh the winter. The snow, the cold crisp air and the thick warm clothes.

Whether you are getting home from work, having friends over, or snuggling on the couch with your other half, there is always time for a drink.

In winter, however, not every drink will do. There are some drinks that are specially designed for this time of year. Here are our top 5 Winter Drinks.


MULLED WINE

Mulled wine is the perfect winter drink. Think small picturesque village in the Alps, on a cozy couch in front of a fireplace, looking at the snow with a glass of mulled wine in your hand.

We all wish we could go to Europe, or any snowy mountain for that matter. What we can do, is enjoy a nice glass of mulled wine in your cozy couch.

Ingredients you’ll need:

1 oz. red wine: Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel

2 Cups Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

⅓ Cup Brandy

¼ Cup Honey

2 Cinnamon Sticks

2 Star Anise Pods

1 Whole Orange and 1 For Garnish

1-2 Tablespoons of Whole Cloves

To prepare:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir the wine, brandy, orange juice and honey until the honey dissolves.

Pierce orange to create hole for the cloves. Add it to the wine mixture, along with the cinnamon sticks and star anise.

Once it boils, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Strain the wine so it is served warm. Be careful here.

Garnish with slices of oranges, star anise or cinnamon. You should get 3 or 4 cups worth.


HOT BUTTERED CIDER WITH RUM

This is an excellent drink if you are having people over, especially if they aren’t very good at arriving on time. It can sit in a pot while you enjoy mingling, without having to make cocktails all night and they can serve themselves!

Ingredients you’ll need to serve 8:

1 stick (or half a cup) Unsalted Butter at room temperature

¼ cup Dark Brown Sugar packed

1 ½ teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg

¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves

⅛ teaspoon of Salt

Half a gallon (64 oz.) All Natural Apple Cider

Rum

Cinnamon Sticks

To prepare:

First, we will make the spiced butter. Combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a small bowl. With a plastic spatula, put the mixture in the middle of a 12” x 12” piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic and shape the mixture in a log and refrigerate.

In a large pot, simmer the apple cider at medium heat. Then lower it. Cut the spiced butter in 1-inch thick slices and add them as they melt while stirring until all of the butter is added.

Pour the buttered cider into mgs, add a shot of rum and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!


HOLIDAY WASSAIL

Wassail used to be part of a carol. Its meaning is linked to winter festivities, when people used to go door to door singing to get a few coins to buy a drink.

Over time, the concept has evolved. Here is how to get a taste of it. It’ll give you 18 servings.

Ingredients you’ll need:

2 quarts Apple Cider

1 quart Cranberry Juice

¼ cup Firmly Packed Dark Brown Sugar

27 Whole Cloves

15 Allspice Berries

4 (4-inch) Cinnamon Sticks

5 Apples Cored

½ Cup of Water

1 Medium Orange

2 cups of Brandy or Sherry

To prepare:

In a slow cooker, mix the apple juice, cranberry juice and brown sugar.

Make a pouch with a piece of cheesecloth with 12 cloves, the allspice berries and cinnamon sticks inside it. Put it in the slow cooker as well. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 hours on low.

Preheat the oven at 375º F. Put 3 cloves in each apple and place them in a baking pan 8” by 8” along with the water. Bake until apples are tender. Should be around 45 minutes.

Add the apples to the slow cooker once it has been cooking for 4 or 5 hours. Also peel the oranges (no white) in wide strips and add those to the slow cooker.

Take the spice bag out of the cooker and add the alcoholic drinks. Serve hot and relish.


CARAMEL APPLE HOT TODDY

If these drinks seem too complicated for you, here is one that is simple to prepare and is still as delicious!

Ingredients you’ll need:

1 ½ cup of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka

½ gallon Apple Cider

¼ to ½ cup Bourbon

3 Cinnamon Sticks

Whipping Cream

To prepare:

In a stove-top pan heat the vodka, bourbon, apple cider and cinnamon sticks and simmer.

Pour into mugs, whip cream on top.

Could it be any simpler?  A complete delight!


ROCKY MOUNTAIN GINGER CRISP WHISKEY

We had to include a ginger cocktail!

This isn’t your traditional ginger cocktail. It’s got a combination of alcoholic drinks that might seem strange at first, but the results will not disappoint.

Ingredients you’ll need for each cocktail:

1 part Premium Whiskey

½ part Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1 ½ part Apricot Nectar

1 ½ part Sparkling Sake

Skewered Crystallized Ginger Round Garnish

To prepare:

In a mixing glass, pour the whiskey, the gingerbread liqueur and apricot nectar. Stir and spill into a highball glass with ice.

Top it off with sparkling sake and garnish with skewered crystallized ginger.

What a great cocktail!

Top 5 Summer Drinks

Oh to relax in a warm summer evening with a cool breeze and a cocktail in your hand.

Whether you are going to the beach, to the mountain, a farm or staying in your small apartment, a cold summer drink makes all the difference. There are thousands of cocktails and new ones are invented every day. They are, however, usually quite complicated and expensive to make.

To help you out we have put together the Top 5 Summer Drinks with quality booze that will help you become the bartender you always wanted to be. If you have summer BBQs and parties, you’ll be the star!


BOURBON SMASH

To freshen up your evening, nothing like a combination of mint and lemon with the distinctiveness  of the Bourbon with a sweet syrup.

You need:

2 oz. of Bourbon

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

0.25 oz. Lemon Juice

3 Lemon Wedges

Pinch of Mint (10-12 leaves)

To prepare:

It’s important to have a good cocktail shaker. In it, jumble lemon wedges, mint and simple syrup.

Add the Bourbon, the lemon juice and ice and shake away. Put fresh ice in a rocks glass and strain the drink. To decorate, a mint sprig. Enjoy!


APEROL SPRITZ

If you habe not tried Aperol yet, go buy a bottle right now. Aperol is a low alcohol relative if Campari. In this cocktail it is definitely the star.

You need:

3 oz. Prosecco

2 oz. Aperol

1 oz.  Soda Water

To prepare:

Put ice in a wine glass and build in order. This is, first the Prosecco, followed by the Aperol and last, soda water.

A lemon peel, an olive or an orange wedge are great garnishes for this drink. Switch it up and find what you like best.


SOUTH SIDE

It often happens that when people start making their own cocktails, they complicate drinks too much. They equate quality with quantity of ingredients.

Truth is, the best drinks are usually the simplest ones. Here is a great example of that.

You need:

2 oz. London Dry Gin

0.75 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Pinch of mint.

To prepare:

Muddle the mint and simple syrup in your cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake, shake, shake. In a rocks glass with fresh ice, strain the mix. For garnish, a mint sprig.


DAIQUIRI

Oh sweet, fresh Daiquiri. This is probably my favorite cocktail.

Nevermind those pre-mixes or prepared daiquiris in bottles. The greatness of Daiquiris can only be reached when it is made fresh with real ingredients and served immediately.

Keep in mind that most people have never had a Daiquiri made from scratch. Here, we have a simple but delicious recipe for a perfect Daiquiri. This is a great drink for parties because you can switch it up with different fruits. Play, shake, strain and drink!

You need:

2 oz. White Rum (Buy quality Rum. Flor de Cana 4yr and Banks 5 Island Rum, for example).

0.75 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

To prepare:

Shake. Strain. Serve.


PALOMA

Margaritas are well known and very popular in summer parties. If you want to surprise your guests, here is Paloma.

Paloma is very popular in Latin America and will be the star of the night.

You need:

2 oz. Blanco Tequila (White Tequila, 100% Agave)

Lime Wedges

Pinch of Salt

Grapefruit Soda (Jarritos or Ting)

To prepare:

Nothing could be simpler. You need a collins glass. Add the tequila, fill the glass with ice, a pinch of salt and squeeze the juice from the lime wedge and then throw it in. Fill it up with grapefruit soda.

Top 5 Drinks For The Holiday

Decorating the tree, the lights, the stockings, buying present and sending invitations. Sending Christmas cards, visiting relatives and all the office Christmas parties. Wrapping presents, queuing for that toy your kids want and all the to do lists. Booking plane tickets, packing all the bags and getting the car ready.

The holidays can be a stressful time. It is vital, not just to survive them, but to enjoy them that we have a little fun. To do that, it’s a great idea to share as much of it as possible with your loved ones.

It is also vital, to have a drink. Here are our 5 top drinks for the holiday that you’ll love making with friends and relatives. Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive!


CRANBERRY AND MINT MARTINI

This beautiful drink will look great with your Christmas decorations.  It is delicious and will put a smile on everyone’s face!

Ingredients:

8 oz. Fresh Mint leaves

2 fl. oz. Ketel One Vodka

1 ½ fl. oz. Cranberry Juice

Fresh Cranberries

¼ fl. oz. Pomegranate (grenadine) syrup

To prepare:

Jumble mint in the base of a shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice and shake. Pour into a nice, chilled glass.


GRAPEFRUIT AND ROSEMARY CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

This drink has a very creamy rose-colored that adds freshness to your cocktail selection.

Ingredients:

¼ cup crushed ice

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Rosemary

1 ¼ Inch Thick Sliced Grapefruit

1 ½ oz. Vodka

4 oz. Seltzer Water

Grapefruit Slices and Rosemary Sprigs to garnish

To prepare:

Mix together the ice and rosemary in a cocktail shaker. Add the grapefruit slice and shake. Pour in the vodka and the seltzer and serve in a martini glass. If you like, you can add extra ice.


SPARKLING HOLIDAY MIMOSA

This cocktail has a great combination of colors and flavours.

Ingredients:

1 oz. Amaretto

¼ Cup of Fresh Orange Juice, Chilled

1 ½ oz. Vanilla Vodka

Cranberry Simple Syrup (1 bag frozen cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water)

Ice

¼ Cup Frozen Cranberries

¼ Cup Chilled Sparkling Wine

Orange Zest Twist

To prepare:

Stir the orange juice, amaretto and vodka in a shaker. Pour 1 ½ tablespoon of cranberry syrup on a chilled glass with ice. Add the mix, the cranberries and sparkling wine. Decorate with orange twist and serve in the moment.


CHERRY FROST

This is a great looking cocktail that will look sophisticated and chic in tall thin glass.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of Black Cherry Liqueur

1 Tablespoon of Brandy

1 Cup of Crushed Ice

4 Tablespoons of Sparkling White Wine

To decorate: Maraschino Cherries

To prepare:

In a cocktail shaker, mix black cherry liqueur, brandy and crushed ice. Shake until chilled.

In a champagne glass, strain the mix and top it off with the sparkling white wine. Decorate with Maraschino Cherries.


JINGLE JUICE

Here is the star of our top 5 drinks for the holidays. It combines the freshness of the fruits, with the sting of the vodka and the sweetness of the liqueur.

Ingredients:

5 Cups of Orange Juice

1 Cup of Vodka

⅓  Cup of Orange Liqueur

¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

½ Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice

Fruit-flavored candy cane, cherries with stems, orange and lemon slices.

To prepare:

Stir all the ingredients and pour over ice. Garnishes vary depending on the flavor you need. You can also switch the orange liqueur with orange juice.