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Apr 12, 2007 12:35 PM

Good cocktail for BBQ?

I am having a BBQ/Birthday party on Sat. Very casual. I will have beer and wine but wanted to have a fun cocktail to serve as well but don't want to be in the kitchen making them the entire time. Suggestions?

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  1. I usually serve Mojitos, lime & coconut cocktails(limeade and coconut rum) and magaritas.
    You cam make these ahead of time and keep them in glass jugs. Just add the ice cubes at the time you serve the drink. Freeze some limeade (buy frozen cans) in ice cube trays so the drinks won't be watered down

      1. re: QueenB

        I had another idea. My mom once made this drink for a picnic called "Mississippi Gamblers". It was basically lemons macerated with bourbon (I think) that sat for a week, then got mixed with sugar and was frozen. It was a "do ahead of time" drink, and was extremely well received, but a bit dangerous, if you know what I mean.

        I've googled, but haven't been able to find anything. Maybe someone here knows what I'm talking about and has a recipe. If not, I can get it from my mom.

        Just let me know if you'd like it!

      2. Another one you can prepare in advance is caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. I do an anglo version with vodka substituting for Cachaca (which can be a little harsh), an equal amount of fresh squozen lime juice, confectioners sugar to taste, lots of crushed ice. Serve in small glasses (they are potent), garnish with a lime wedge. When we made these at parties in east Texas we would buy every lime in all three grocery stores in town!

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        1. re: Veggo

          Said anglo version is called the caipiroska

        2. i'm assuming you're doing texas style bbq-- so maybe a nice big pitcher of tequila sunrise/sunsets might be nice, and easy on the mixologist-- set out some fave tequilas (ones that are not too nice as to be wasted in a mixed drink), pitcher of OJ, ice, and bottle of grenadine, pomegranate juice, or chambord/cherry grand mariner with speed-pours. little bowls of limes and maraschino cherries. self-serve.
          make sure there are apps to nosh on while the brisket is cooking!

          1. There are so many fun punches you can make with frozen concentrates like limeade. One that would be good at a BBQ is a "Whiskey Sour." Granted it's a stretch to call it that, but still.......Dump a can of frozen limeade into a pitcher. Pour in one can of bourbon. And then add three cans (to taste) of club soda. Stir, pour, enjoy.