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Aug 8, 2007 01:26 PM

Drinks for BBQ - besides beer...


I’m having a big BBQ/Party soon and I thought it would be fun to have some drinks for guests that don't require a blender or me tending bar all night. any ideas?

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  1. When I make jello shots, I chill the vodka/tequila/rum and use the alcohol in place of the cold water called for on the box. So it's basically an even amount of booze and hot water, then pour into your 'shot glasses' (I use ramekins or mini paper cups) and chill. I've found that the citrus jellos work best - lime, lemon, orange.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      That's odd. I posted this answer to a specific question about jello shooters. Now that topic is gone and my response is here...

      1. re: mojoeater

        I's my fault. i had originally posted that question and then saw that someone else was also asking about Jello shots...and this was the other question i wanted to ask. So no, you are not going crazy! Thanks for the answer though!

      2. re: mojoeater

        I do the jello thing sometimes too -- but I use the recipe for jello jigglers. It's kinda funny because guests can pick them up with their hands and you don't have to worry about dixie cups. The best was when I made a TON of jello jiggler boozy easter eggs to bring to opening day at shea stadium. Party fun!

        1. re: LNG212

          Thats great, I have been bringing orange and blue jello shots to Shea for OD for the last 6-7 years.

        2. re: mojoeater

          why not just warm half the vodka enough to melt the jelly and chop the jelly very small as i do dont over heat an loose alcohol just untill lt starts to simmer add to jelly and stir untill desolves then add remaining vodka goes down really well

        3. Depending on how many guests you expect, there are a lot of drinks you could mix ahead of time and store in coolers or pitchers. I've done this with margaritas and mint juleps and it works out very well.

          1. A big bucket or tub of Sangria is perfect at a big BBQ.

            Use a few bottles or jugs of not-too-expensive red wine, citrus soda, plus sliced lemons, oranges, apples, and some brandy, and mix it in the bucket with ice. There are lots of more refined recipes out there, but this is a good starting point.

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            1. re: gina

              I was going to say sangria too! We used to make it for parties a lot and everyone loved it! I think I used a recipe from Epicurious.

            2. sweet tea is the classic drink, so a longisland ice-tea would be good. also absolute citron in lemonade would be good and can be made by the pitcher.

              1. depending on where you are having your bbq and budget - you can rent margarita/daiquiri machines from a party rental supplier - they typically deliver - mix the drink - set-up and supply cups and straws - all you need to supply is the alcohol - then they come and take it away the next day - usually a crowd pleaser on a hot day!