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.

By Kennedy Pires

25 awesome cocktails to drink by the BBQ
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
Recipes by ThatstheSpirit.com, Canadian Living's sister site and Canada's premium destination for entertaining, cocktails and drink ideas.

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


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 TABASCO® Brand Pepper 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

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