The aromatic herbs and essences of whiskey perfectly complement the rich, charred flavors of authentic BBQ cuisine! Learn how to pair the perfect whiskey cocktails with your upcoming BBQ feast!
Terrific barbecue is not an easy accomplishment. It takes years of trial and error, acute knowledge, and unwavering discipline to truly achieve the skill level necessary to create mouth-watering barbecue. But when it comes to creating delicious cocktails to pair well with your favorite smoked meats and classic comfort foods, there is no real skill required! Anyone can couple the perfect cocktail with the smokiness and spiciness of a genuine barbecue dinner. All you need are the right ingredients, the right supplies, and a group of loved ones to share them with!
When deciding on cocktails, there are hundreds of liquors and liqueurs to choose from, but whiskey is always a safe choice. There is no other liquor that quite matches the smoke and spice of barbecue. The aromatic herbs of whiskey seem to complement the charred goodness of authentic barbecued foods. Below you will find a few popular whiskey cocktails that are sure to bring out the best flavors and the best times at your next barbecue dinner!
☙ The Dickelade
This cocktail is made with George Dickel No. 12®, which is a 90 proof whiskey that is inspired by authentic scotch flavors. It is basically an Arnold Palmer, but without the iced tea. In fact, you could even compare it to a whiskey sour, which is bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar (and sometimes an egg white to balance the flavor!). To make a Dickelade, simply mix with lemonade and serve over ice with a lemon slice!
1.5 ounces George Dickel No. 12®
4 ounces Lemonade
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in whiskey first, then top it with the lemonade. Stir the contents until the glass starts to chill and condensate. Finish by garnishing with a lemon slice.
☙ Jack Daniels Honey® and Grapefruit
The name really says it all here. This cocktail is the perfect refreshing finish to any bite of tasty barbecue, and it only requires two easy ingredients. All you need is a bottle of Jack Daniels® and some ruby red grapefruits to get started. Simply mix, pour over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge. If you want to avoid the hassle of freshly squeezing grapefruits, you can substitute in your choice of bottled grapefruit juice.
1 ounces Jack Daniels Honey®
3 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit
Start with a tall glass of ice. Squeeze grapefruit juice into a separate container. Next, pour the whiskey over the ice, then follow with your grapefruit juice. Finish by garnishing with a lime wedge.