There’s no excuse for serving warm beers at your barbeque when there are so many creative summer drinks to make your day really special. Not only are these top 3 summer barbecue drinks tasty, but there’s also a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to choose from!
1. Kicking Limeade: This adult version of limeade is delightfully zesty and refreshing. You need only simple ingredients to make a big jug full, enough to keep a few guests happy for a while!
- 12 limes 10 chopped and 2 sliced
- 200g caster sugar
- A litre of soda water
- Rum or vodka
Place the lime slices into the freezer on a saucer. Next place the chopped limes with their skins on and the sugar into the food processor with a cup of water. Whizz until completely smooth.
Pour the juice through a sieve and then taste. If it’s too sour, simply add more sugar. Pour into a large jug with ice and the frozen lime slices. Top up with your chosen amount of vodka or rum and soda water. This is very personal and some people will enjoy a much stronger drink than others, but if in doubt, simply offer shots of alcohol for people to accept or not and allow them to mix their own drinks.
2. Raspberry Cordial: Perhaps the ultimate in summer cordials this gorgeously luxurious cordial can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 months.
- 500g raspberries
- 500g caster sugar
- 3 tbspn of red wine vinegar
Place the berries into a heavy-bottomed pan with the sugar and the vinegar. Cook for ten minutes whilst mashing with a fork. Next, rub the mixture through a fine sieve into a clean pan.
Reserve the seeds from the sieve into another pan and add 300ml of water; sieve once more. Add this liquid into the pan with the fruit pulp stir and boil for around a minute. Empty into sterilized bottles and refrigerate. This cordial is delicious when added to soda water and ice.
3. Ultimate Iced Coffee: Half milkshake and half coffee this is a real treat for coffee and chocolate lovers! Serve on the hottest days after a gorgeous meal outside and it’s almost as rich as a dessert!
- 85g of plain chocolate chopped roughly and a little to grate
- 1 tbspn coffee granules
- Vanilla ice cream
- 700ml milk
Place the chopped chocolate and the coffee granules into a large jug. Bring half of the milk to the boil on the stove and then add to the jug of coffee and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and then allow to cool.
Once cool, pour the mixture into a blender along with the rest of the milk and 4 scoops of ice cream. Whizz until blended well. Serve in tall glasses and if desired, add an extra scoop of ice cream on top and some grated chocolate. This mixture can also be adjusted to suit those who like a stronger drink simply by adding a dash of whisky or some Irish cream liqueur.