Backyard BBQs are the perfect occasion to relax and enjoy some refreshing cocktails with friends and family. Here are some of the best cocktails that pair well with the laid-back and flavorful atmosphere of a BBQ:

  1. Classic Margarita: This timeless favorite is a crowd-pleaser. Mix 2 oz tequila, 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1 oz triple sec in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  2. Mojito: Cool and minty, the Mojito is a refreshing choice for summer BBQs. Muddle a handful of fresh mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 1 oz of lime juice in a glass. Add 2 oz of white rum and stir. Fill the glass with ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  3. Watermelon Margarita: A twist on the classic margarita, this cocktail incorporates the sweet and juicy flavors of watermelon. Blend 1 cup of fresh watermelon chunks, 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of lime juice, and 1 oz of triple sec until smooth. Pour into a glass filled with ice and garnish with a watermelon slice.
  4. Pina Colada: Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with this creamy and fruity cocktail. Blend 2 oz of rum, 2 oz of pineapple juice, 2 oz of coconut cream, and a cup of ice until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.
  5. Spicy Paloma: Add a little kick to your BBQ with this spicy twist on a Paloma. Combine 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz of lime juice, and a dash of hot sauce in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

Remember to drink responsibly and adjust the ingredients according to your taste preferences. Cheers to a fantastic backyard BBQ filled with great food, laughter, and delicious cocktails!

How to Make Classic Negronis

The Negroni is a classic cocktail known for its bitter and balanced flavors. Here’s a simple recipe to make a classic Negroni at home:


– 1 oz gin

– 1 oz Campari

– 1 oz sweet vermouth

– Orange twist or slice for garnish

– Ice cubes


  1. Fill a mixing glass or a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth (e.g., 1 oz of each) to the glass or shaker.
  3. Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds to combine the ingredients and chill the drink. Stirring helps to blend the flavors without adding air or diluting the cocktail too much.
  4. Strain the mixture into a lowball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish your Negroni with an orange twist or slice. Squeeze the twist gently over the glass to release the oils from the orange peel, enhancing the aroma of the cocktail.
  6. Serve and enjoy your classic Negroni!

Remember, the Negroni is a strong and bitter drink, so it may not appeal to everyone’s taste preferences. Feel free to adjust the ratios slightly to suit your personal taste. You can also experiment with variations, such as substituting different spirits or adding a dash of aromatic bitters for an extra layer of complexity. Cheers!

By Duke