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What To Drink While You're Grilling

drink recipes for grilling

It’s a rare case when grilling requires both hands to flip a burger or steak or mop the barbecue sauce on chicken or ribs. What to do with that other hand? Ah, we know! The drinks here are the perfect sips for summer grilling and a refreshing way to reward the grill master for a job well done.


Pineapple-Orange Sangria

A splash of club soda adds a dry, bubbly note to this summery drink made with a base of dry Riesling, sweetened with agave nectar, and garnished with fresh oranges and pineapple.

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Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

Summer doesn’t get any better than grilling a couple of steaks with this lemony cocktail in hand; the grilled thyme adds a floral note to the drink.

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Beefy Chelada Cocktails

This spicy beer cocktail uses chilled leftover beef broth from making Shredded Brisket Tacos. It may sound crazy, but it's a delicious and refreshing drink that goes perfectly with tacos.

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Garden & Tonic

It gets pretty hot next to the grill. Cool off with this minty, herbaceous version of a gin and tonic made with celery bitters.

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Watermelon Mojito

If a standard-issue mojito weren't refreshing enough, one with muddled watermelon in the minty mix shoots it right off the charts.

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Think of a Caipirinha as a rustic Daiquiri: It’s just rum, sugar, and muddled lime. For a summery twist, put whatever berry or fruit is in season in the glass with the limes and muddle them together.

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Plain beer is OK for the game, but at the grill, you need something more nuanced. This beer cocktail is simple to make and delicious. You’ll need a light lager and the rest of the ingredients, like Worchestershire, soy and hot sauce, you’ve likely got in the pantry already.

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Garden Party Cocktail

This fresh tasting cocktail pairs agave nectar and tequila, which come from the same plant. It’s flavored by and garnished with a thick slice of English cucumber, which is rubbed along, then perched on, the glass’s rim.

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Salty Perro Rojo

With its rosy color and sweet flavor, Texas red grapefruit juice makes an outstanding cocktail. Grapefruit juice and gin is known as a Greyhound. If you salt the rim of the glass, it’s called a Salty Dog. Sub in tequila for the gin, and you’ve got a Salty Perro.

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Strawberry-Melon Sangria

Aperol, a bittersweet, orangy Italian liqueur similar to Campari, helps balance the sweetness of the strawberries, cantaloupe, and honey in this deep-red sangria

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Sour Mash & Lime Tea

In this variation on a Southern Sour, tea combines with limeade and bourbon to make an intensely flavored cocktail.

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Blacker & Tanner

Grilling and beer go hand in hand, right? This cocktail takes the classic Black & Tan—stout and pale ale—and cranks it up, blacker and tanner, with a double IPA and an imperial stout.

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