Easy To Make – Drink Ideas for Backyard BBQ

Planning a trip to the beach or backyard BBQ?

Here are fun, festive inexpensive recipes for refreshing fruity coolers. Beat the heat with a cooler of these delicious summer favorites: sangria, Twisted Tea, Passion Peach Punch and Iced Coffee.

Sangria: Hands down, there’s no more refreshing, festive beverage that a pitcher of sangria.

how to sangria recipe

Easy to make, inexpensive and not over loaded with alcohol, sangria is 4th of July fun with a punch. Here what you need for one gallon of sangria:

  • One bottle red wine: merlot, burgundy, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz or pinot noir
  • One and one half liter (3/4 of a bottle) of ginger ale
  • half of a 12 ounce can lemonade concentrate plus three cups water
  • 6 shots Dekupers Triple Sec (orange liqueur)
  • one large orange, two medium limes (or four key limes), one lemon, cut into wedges.
  • several maraschino cherries (optional)
  • Blend. Gently squeeze fruit segments to release juice and help them absorb beverage. Chill for several hours.
  • Ice with slushed triple sec, lemonade or ginger ale ice cubes.

Twisted Tea: Easy-to-make, non alcoholic companion to sangria

ice tea beverage

Mix equal parts unsweetened tea, lemonade and ginger ale. Add one shot vodka or gin 8 ounces of tea mix. Optional: use one 12 ounce can Nestea Sweetened ice tea with lemon, half and half cans of Minute Maid lemonade and Nestea, or powdered sweetened tea with lemon mix. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

  • Mango Peach Punch: For a gallon of punch, blend
  • 12 ounce can of Dole Orange-Peach-Mango concentrate
  • one-two cans water
  • 1/2-3/4 2 liter bottle of ginger ale, Squirt or Sprite
  • 1/2 fifth of Dekuypers Peach Schnapps
  • Garnish with twist of lime or strawberry

Irish Coffee Mudslide: Easy-to-make caffeine booster to fight that lazy afternoon feeling

In a blender, ice shaver or slushie maker, add coffee, flavored mocha creamer, Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Creme. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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