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7 Drinks to Spice Up Your Backyard Barbeque

The sun is shining, the grill is sizzling, those burgers look like they're just about ready to eat. You have a spatula in one hand, but what are you holding in the other? The right drink can take a barbeque from "good" to "bliss." So what are your guests drinking? If you're not sure, here are a few unbeatable ideas to get you started.


Lemonade or Iced Tea Bar: Lemonade and iced tea are two of the strongest flavors of summer. If you're serving a crowd, a lemonade or iced tea bar is the way to go. Make up a big batch of your preferred beverage (or if you're feeling frisky, make both), then set it out alongside unbreakable cups and plenty of mix-ins. Chunks of fresh fruit are a must, as are syrups to flavor your drinks (check out this site for a few recipes: https://www.cleanandscentsible.com/flavored-lemonade-bar/)


Infused Water: Keep hydrated on hot days by having plenty of water on hand for your guests. A pitcher of icy water is a good start, but take it up a notch by infusing it with fruits and herbs. Get inspiration from blogs like this one (https://www.culinaryhill.com/8-infused-water-recipes/) or make up your own unique combinations that complement the flavors of whatever you're grilling.


Big Batch Cocktail: Sipping cocktails is fun. Playing bartender while your friends relax isn't. Say no to individual drinks and whip up a big batch cocktail instead. Batch cocktails like the ones you'll find here (https://www.wideopeneats.com/9-best-big-batch-summer-cocktails/) are easy to make beforehand and are guaranteed to please a crowd.


Sangria: Speaking of big batch drinks… nothing says summer like sangria. With limitless combinations of wine, fruit, and other flavors, it's easy to make a pitcher that complements your meal. 


Popsicle Punch: Cocktails are nice if you're serving adults, but what if you have guests in the ten and under crowd? Stick a popsicle in a cup of punch and you'll make their day. Who wouldn't rather have a popsicle than an ice cube? Check out this recipe for punch that goes great with sugar on a stick: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a22805581/popsicle-punch-recipe/


Watermelon Keg: Ready to wow your guests? Of course you are. That's why you're going to make a batch of punch inside a watermelon. It's a lot easier than you think, it tastes delicious, and it will absolutely be the centerpiece of your event. Don't believe us? Check out this how-to to learn more. https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/a32934439/watermelon-limeade-and-keg-recipe/


Thai Iced Tea: Sweet, creamy, and absolutely decadent, Thai iced tea is the perfect way to cap off an outdoor meal. Mix authentic thai tea with condensed milk and ice for a treat that's equal parts refreshing and invigorating. Here's a full guide to making the perfect glass of thai tea:  https://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/thai-tea-recipe/

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