25 awesome BBQ-friendly cocktails

Want to a refreshing cocktail to help cool down under the sun? Here are 25 popular drinks and cocktails to sip by the barbecue.

25 awesome cocktails to drink by the BBQ
Mango Bellini
Photography by Jesse Brioux
Nothing quite says summer like sipping on a refreshing summer cocktail while working your outdoor grill. Working a sizzling barbecue with one hand and enjoying a booze-filled mixed drink with the other makes for a relaxing warm weather day. So fire up the BBQ and raise your cocktail glass to summer!

25 awesome cocktail recipes for BBQ season

The Canadian Maple Leaf
2 oz. Canadian Club Premium whisky
1 oz. maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Sex on the Beach
3 oz. cranberry juice
3 oz. orange juice or pineapple juice
1 oz. peach schnapps
1 oz. vodka

Bellini ( Or try our Mango Bellini)
3 oz puree from canned California Cling Peaches
Dash lemon juice
Maraschino liqueur

Amaretto Sour
3/4 oz. lemon juice (or juice of 1/2 lemon)
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 oz. amaretto

Strawberry Daiquiri
6 strawberries or frozen strawberries
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1 tsp. sugar syrup

Tequila Sunrise
3/4 oz. grenadine
3 oz. orange juice
1 1/2 oz. tequila
Juice of 1/2 lime
Lime slice

Gin and Tonic
1 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
Lime wedge
Tonic Water

Alabama Slammer
1/2 oz. sloe gin
1 oz. amaretto
1 oz. Southern Comfort
Dash lemon juice

Pina Colada
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. coconut cream
1 1/2 oz. gold rum
Maraschino cherry
Pineapple stick

1/2 oz. Cointreau (or orange liqueur)
1 1/2 oz. tequila, white or gold
Coarse salt
Juice of 1/2 large or one small lime

Classic Caesar
4 oz. Clam Tomato Cocktail
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 Dash hot sauce
Celery salt, to taste
Celery stalk
Lime wedge
Salt and pepper

Bahama Mama
4 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. coconut rum
1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
1/2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. rum (some call for 151 proof rum)
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Harvey Wallbanger
4 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. Galliano
1 1/2 oz. vodka

Tom Collins
1/2 oz. sugar syrup, or to taste
1 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
1 oz. lemon juice
Club Soda
Maraschino cherry

Mai Tai
1/4 oz. orgeat syrup
1/4 oz. rock-candy syrup
1/2 oz. curaçao
1 oz. dark rum
1 oz. light rum
Juice of 1 lime
Lime peel
Mint sprigs
Pineapple stick

Cointreau Tonic
1 oz. Cointreau
Tonic Water

Several Mint sprigs
1/2 lime
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1 tsp. sugar
Club Soda

Mint Julep
Several Mint sprigs
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1 tsp. superfine sugar
1 tsp. Water

Apple Martini
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple liqueur
Apple slice

Jersey Sour
3 oz. apple brandy
2 tbsp. sugar syrup
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Big Blue Shark
3/4 oz. blue curaçao
1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. white tequila

Long Island iced Tea
3 oz. sweet-and-sour mix
1/4 oz. white crème de menthe
1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. white rum
1/2 oz. white tequila
Lemon wedge
Mint sprigs

Iced Coffee Cocktail
2 oz. coffee
2 tsp. sugar
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 cup ice (cracked)
1 oz. table cream (18%)

The Muskoka Cocktail
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. scotch
1 1/2 oz. Canadian whisky
1 tsp. maple syrup or sugar syrup
1 oz. orange juice
Dash grenadine

Canadian Mounty
1 1/2 oz. Canadian whisky
1 oz. cranberry liqueur
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 oz. orange juice

Looking for more cocktails ideas? Try our Mango Bellini (pictured above) or more of our tasty sparkling wine cocktails.

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