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The Best Cocktails for an End-of-Summer BBQ
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The Best Cocktails for an End-of-Summer BBQ

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As summer draws to a close with the upcoming three-day Labor Day weekend, we suggest throwing an end-of-season barbecue. These five cocktails pair well with BBQ staples, such as salads, grilled chicken and, of course, burgers. From frozen rosé to classic cocktails, and new concoctions, we’ve covered all the summer favorites for a fond farewell.

Rachael Ray’s White Sangria 

1. For something light and fruity: Rachael Ray’s White Sangria 

Only 5-10 minutes to prep and a true summer classic—we’re putting this white wine sangria at the top of the list! 

What You’ll Need: 

3 shots of Calvados or other apple liqueur
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 sliced lime 
1 sliced lemon 
2 ripe peaches
3 ripe green apples cut and seeded apples
1 bottle of white Rioja Spanish wine
1 pint of raspberries 
A splash of sparkling soda water. 


Step-by-step: It’s very simple. First combine your sugar, Calvados, lime, lemon, peaches, and apples in a large pitcher. Then, pour one bottle of Rioja wine and chill the sangria for several hours. To garnish your drink, spoon whole fruits into glasses. We recommend adding fresh raspberries in each glass! Finally, top glasses of sangria off with a splash of soda water and serve!

Source: One Hope Wine

 Frosé (Frozen Rosé)

2. For something to beat the heat: Frosé (Frozen Rosé)

You may have heard about the latest cocktail craze, frosé, which is a delicious frozen drink with strawberries and rose. Trust us that frosé and is worth the hype!

What You’ll Need:

1 750 ml. bottle of dry rosé,
10 ounces fresh strawberries (about 2 cups, sliced) 
1 tablespoon granulated sugar 
¼ cup vodka
2 tablespoons grenadine. 

Step-by-step: First you’ll need to pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, usually eight hours or overnight.
Second, you’ll combine the sugar and strawberries in a blender. Then, add vodka, grenadine, and rosé cubes and blend the mixture until smooth. Finally, pour into glasses and garnish as needed!

Source: Bon Appetit

Classic Mojito cocktail
3. For something refreshing: Classic Mojito

The beauty of this drink is that it uses an herb that is most likely growing in your garden this summer—mint. This drink pairs well with a summer BBQ staple salad, like Caprese! Here’s our favorite mojito recipe.

What You’ll Need:

¾ ounce Simple Syrup 
2 sprigs mint
2 ounces white rum
¾ ounce fresh lime juice 
Club soda (for serving)

Step-by-step: First, muddle the simple syrup and two mint sprigs in a cocktail shaker. Then, add rum and lime juice and fill the shaker with ice. Shake well and strain the cocktail through a strainer into a glass filled with ice. Finally, top off with club soda and garnish with more mint!

Source: Food & Wine 

Aviation Cocktail

4. For something in season: an Aviation Cocktail

It’s the last call for seasonal lavender, so we thought we’d treat you to a light, seasonal drink! Meet the Aviation cocktail. 

What You’ll Need:

1 oz Aviation American Gin
1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
3/4 oz Lavender syrup
2 oz Sparkling wine and sprigs of fresh lavender

Step-by-step: First, add gin, lemon juice, and lavender syrup to a shaker. Then, fill with ice and shake. Strain your drink into a champagne glass and top it with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish with a sprig of lavender!

Source: Aviation Gin

 

California Caipirinha cocktail

5. For something citrusy: California Caipirinha 

A twist on the classic Caipirinha and a perfect cocktail for your end-of-summer BBQ, we present the California Caipirinha. 

What You’ll Need:

6 limes
2 tablespoons sugar
16 ounces Cachaça
4 ounces Orange Muscat
4 ounces Simple Syrup
Ice

Step-by-step: Start with a pitcher. Then muddle the lime wedges with the sugar. Once finished, add the Cachaça, Orange Muscat and Simple Syrup and stir. Finally, add ice, stir and strain the caipirinha into ice-filled glasses. Voila! 


Love any of these delicious summer BBQ cocktails? Let us know in the comments below!

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