4 Whiskey Cocktails for Your Next Backyard Barbeque

Nothing goes with smoky grilled steak or fish like a smoky whiskey. Whiskey has a place at all dinner tables but goes exceptionally well at a backyard barbeque. Not only is whiskey a classic pairing for many barbequed classics, but it also makes some fantastic cocktails. Mix it up from the predictable beer and wine options with these delicious whiskey cocktail options to “wow” your friends at your next barbeque.

  1. Old Fashioned

You can’t go wrong with the most classic of whiskey recipes: the old fashioned. It’s simple to make, meaning you won’t spend vast amounts of time in the kitchen, mixing it up and can enjoy more socializing. You can use any style of whiskey, but it’s incredibly delicious with Templeton Rye. There are a few different ways to make this, depending on how fancy you want to get so that you can have fun with it. Here is what you’ll need:

– 2 ounces of whiskey (rye or bourbon)

– 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

– ½ teaspoon of sugar (or a sugar cube if you want to get fancy)

Garnish with an orange peel and maraschino cherry

  1. Mint Julep

A mint julep is the perfect whiskey cocktail for a backyard barbeque. It’s refreshing and light and looks like you put more effort into it than you did. You can make the basic recipe for single drinks or make a large batch in pitchers by adding soda water so that everyone can easily enjoy it. To make a mint julep, you will need:

– 2 ½ ounces of whiskey

– 5 mint springs (just the leaves)

– ½ ounce of simple syrup (or 2 sugar cubes)

– Soda water (optional)

– Garnish with mint

  1. Strawberry Whiskey Lemonade

For another refreshing and universally appealing whiskey cocktail, you’ve got to try this Strawberry Whiskey Lemonade. Everyone loves strawberries, and this lemonade combines the sweet, juicy berries with the tang of lemonade and a smoky whiskey to round it out. You can mix this recipe up by using whatever berries you prefer or have on hand. Here are the ingredients you will need:

– 2 ounces of whiskey of choice

– 1 ounce of strawberry syrup (fresh strawberries, sugar, and water)

– 2 ounces of lemon juice

– Garnish with lemon and strawberry slices

  1. Whiskey Sour

The timeless whiskey sour is a fan favorite, with the perfect balance of the tart lemon, bringing out the sweeter side of your chosen whiskey. Using egg whites in this recipe will give your sours the iconic foam topping, though you can skip it if you’re in a rush. You could also pre-batch the main ingredients, and then add the egg-white just for shaking to make the process faster.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make your whiskey sours:

– 2 ounces of whiskey of choice

– ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice

– ½ ounce of simple syrup

– Egg white (optional)

– Garnish with a maraschino cherry

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