Since Labor Day is this weekend, and like it’s good friend Memorial Day it is known for BBQ’s, I thought it would be helpful to go through the recipes on Cocktail Culture from this summer and gather up a list of what I think are the 5 best drinks recipes for a summer BBQ. With everything you need to get ready for a party, searching for a drink recipe does not have to be one of them!
#1: Bahama Mama- Because we all have those friends that get cranky when it’s too hot…this frozen tropical treat will keep your guests cool and carefree!
- 3/4 parts Malibu Coconut Rum
- 3/4 parts Hiram Walker Crème de Banana
- 1 part Spiced Rum (Malibu Black could be a great addition here, if you have it)
- 1 1/2 parts Orange Juice
- 2 1/2 parts Pineapple Juice
- 1 tablespoon Grenadine
- Crushed Ice
Combine all ingredients with ice and mix them in a cocktail shaker. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with Orange/Pineapple wedge. Makes enough for two cocktails.
#2: Fresh Watermelon Daiquiri- Because nothing says “summer” like fresh watermelon!
- 1 part Light Rum
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
- 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4 part Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass.
#3) Mini Margaritas- Same great taste, but much cuter than the classic!
- 1 part Malibu Red
- ½ Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- ½ Part Fresh Lime
Shake and strain into a shot glass
#4) White Peach Punch- Any boozy punch with Rainbow Sherbet automatically makes the list.
- 2 cups ABSOLUT Citron® Vodka
- 2 cups Hiram Walker® White Peach Schnapps
- 1¼ cups Cranberry Juice
- 1¼ cups Pineapple Juice
- 2½ cups Fresh Sour Mix
- 2½ cups Lemon-Lime Soda
- 1 Scoop Rainbow Sherbet
Combine ingredients in Punch Bowl ¾ full of ice. Scoop sherbet into balls and float on top or float entire quart of sherbet. Multiple servings.
#5) The Orange Crush- Refer back to drink number 1, you really don’t want cranky friends ruining your BBQ.
- 1 part Absolut Mandarin
- 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 1 part Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
- Splash of Lemon-Lime Soda
- Orange slice garnish
Mix all ingredients, except for lemon-lime soda, in a shaker with ice. Strain the beverage over crushed ice and top with soda. Garnish with an orange slice.
Enjoy your cocktails and I hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend 🙂