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by Michelle Gage 

Add some color to your next BBQ. Impress your guests with your bar skills by offering a batch of cool cocktails–not just cans in a cooler. Summer is all about bright colors and fun, and we think that extends to imbibing, too! Read on for 49 ways to get creative with cocktails at your next cookout! 

pluot greyhounds

This gin and grapefruit creation is one of the prettiest we have ever seen.

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pineapple grapefruit paloma

Mix pineapple and tequila together to create this sunrise-colored cocktail.

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rosé slushy

Nothing gets us giddier than a rosé slushy. We will take several servings of this pink perfection. 

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blackberry bramble

Give your guests a blackberry bramble. A little gin and blackberries are the main ingredients in this refreshing drink.

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popsicle champagne

To create a simple and fun sipper, just add a popsicle into a glass of champagne.

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rosé mojitos with champagne syrup

Mix up some mint, rum, and champagne. This pretty cocktail is simply and seriously chic.

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dolled up mule

A short list of ingredients gets this drink made quickly. Mix up some lemon juice, grenadine, tequila and ginger beer to create a Dolled Up Mule.

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rosé sangria

This drink combines two of our favorite drinks – rose and sangria. This colorful cocktail is your new summer staple.

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kiwi mint mojitos

Create some kiwi mint mojitios. This refreshing combination adds a little something special to the outdoor bar. 

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blood orange mezcal margarita

Get ready to boast about this blood orange margarita. This summer sipper is seriously refreshing.

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blackberry thyme sparkler

This champagne based sparkler is infused with blackberries and thyme and is perfect for a cocktail at sunset.

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blood orange sangria

Take your barbeque from boring to brilliant with this blood orange sangria.

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blueberry moscow mules

Blueberry Moscow Mules are a delicious option for your summer party. Serve these up in some copper mugs to take your party over the top.

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fresh blueberry margaritas

Blueberry margaritas are sure to be a hit at your summer gathering. We won’t tell if you snack on a few while you’re bartending, either! 

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blood orange whiskey cocktails

Make your friends happy with a big batch blood orange whiskey cocktails.

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strawberry sangria

In less than thirty minutes, you can whip up strawberry sangrias. A perfect pitcher to have around on a hot summer day. 

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prosecco cocktails

Pretty prosecco cocktails will certainly steal the show at your next summer “get together.”

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frozen tropical sangria

This fresh frozen tropical sangria is loaded with watermelon and pineapple. Be prepared for friends to ask for the recipe! 

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triple berry margaritas

Berry lovers unite! This triple berry treat is the delicious drink for you.

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rosé lemon spritzer

We are all about this rosé lemon spritzer. Mix in vodka to make this an adult drink or omit that ingredient for kids.

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boozy coconut ice pops

This boozy ice pop is a totally different take on your favorite childhood treat.

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raspberry mojitos

Rich, red raspberry mojitos are sweet treats to serve up at your barbeque.

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sweet pea cocktail

Try this new take on a summer cocktail. This sweet pea sipper includes ingredients that you can get at your local farmer’s market.

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strawberry chamomile paloma

This delicious drink is totally unique. This strawberry chamomile Paloma is full of fresh ingredients and is an unexpected offering that will delight your guests.

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watermelon mint juleps

Add a fresh watermelon mint julep to your summer party menu.

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frozen sangria swirl

Did someone say sangria swirl? This frozen pink concoction is sure to cool off your guests on a hot summer night.

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watermelon banana rum coolers

Watermelon banana rum coolers are as refreshing as they are beautiful.

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about figgin’ thyme cocktail

Fresh figs are a fun addition to your cocktail menu. We’re a sucker for a cocktail with a clever name!

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gin cocktail with mint, lemon & lime

This gin drink is punched up with the addition of mint, lemons, and limes.

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the marigold cocktail

Make yourself and your guests a marigold cocktail. A little tea, thyme and marigold garnish are what makes this cocktail so special.

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watermelon strawberry citrus sangria

This drink is beaming with brightness. A watermelon strawberry sangria is the ultimate summer staple.

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grapefruit margaritas

This is the only thing your backyard BBQ is missing. Gather all the ingredients to mix up this grapefruit margarita.

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strawberry watermelon margarita

The best kinds of margaritas are the ones that include more than one fruit choice. This ripe red cocktail meets all of your fresh fruit needs.

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grapefruit rosé pisco sour

This grapefruit rosé pisco sour combines everything colorful and delicious into one great cocktail. 

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rhubarb elderflower gin cooler

Prove to your guests that you know how to throw a hip barbecue. This drink combines rhubarb, elderflower, and gin to create a refreshing cocktail cooler.

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tequila sunrise

Is there any drink more colorful than a tequila sunrise?

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blackberry lemon gin and tonic

Your barbecue is the perfect place to introduce this blackberry lemon gin and tonic to family and friends.

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pink lemonade jello shot

Food meets fun in this pink lemonade jello shot. Bring these wedges out early on in your summer party.

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blood orange margarita

It just takes ten minutes to make this drink. Don’t skip the salt or sugar on the rim.

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citrus sangria recipe

Collect all of your favorite colorful fruits and combine them to create this citrus sangria.

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peppered jalapeno margarita

This peppered jalapeño drink is sure to add some extra heat to your backyard barbecue. And how about that color?

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frozen negroni

Sip on a frozen negroni (or two!) this summer.

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single ladies love punch

Enjoy cocktails that encompass all the colors of the rainbow. (And make for a perfect photo op)!

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italian brambles 

Italian Brambles are the perfect cocktail for your summer party. Don’t be surprised if they pop up on your cocktail menu throughout the year!

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blushing whiskey sour

This blushing whisky sour is seriously sophisticated. Serve it up at your outdoor party or even a small summer wedding.

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stone fruit sangria

This stone fruit sangria includes apricots, peaches, cherries, and plums.

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roasted cherry soda

Can you imagine a drink more colorful than this ruby red cocktail? Also the thought of roasted cherries makes us wondering how else we could use them! 

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grapefruit rosemary mocktail

This grapefruit and rosemary drink is technically a mocktail. However, a quick drop of your favorite liquor can change that.

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watermelon cantaloupe lemonade

Watermelon cantaloupe lemonade is the perfect colorful drink to serve your favorite guests. Spike this sipper with a little vodka and call it a day!

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