5 Brilliant Cocktail BBQ Ideas

BBQs are about taking meals outdoors, kicking back and relaxing with some friends, and enjoying a delicious array of food. While your marinated meats and grilled veggies are essential, so are those delicious cocktails.

But like we said, BBQs are meant to be easy, so skip the complicated mixed drinks, but don’t just settle for cold brews. We’ve got five simple, make-ahead cocktails to bring your BBQ ideas to a whole new level and impress your friends without creating more work – and it’s all on a budget, too!


  • Mason jar drinks have taken the party scene by storm and for good reason! They make it easy to prep drinks ahead of time and even easier to enjoy a sip outdoors, which is a brilliant BBQ idea in our books. Check out our favorite mason jar drink of summer 2012!

  • Spiked shakes are on our radar recently. Really, they’re the perfect summertime treat for adults, combining a frothy favorite with flavored liqueur. So far we’re obsessing over this pomegranate smoothie and fresh sherbet margarita shake.

  • Fruit on a stick is fun, but soak them in a tequila marinade ahead of time and they’re even more fantastic. These spiked bites couldn’t be simpler and will be a serious show stopper at your BBQ.

  • Boozy popsicles are at the top of our BBQ must-have list. They take desserts and cocktails, our two favorite parts of a menu, and combine them. Have one in hand while you grill up your dinner because in this case, it’s okay to enjoy dessert first!

  • Jell-O shots are trending big time right now. We’ve rounded up quite a few recipes from pina colada to margarita served in lime wedges. These guys will add a lot of color to the table and are so much fun to enjoy with friends.

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