The 10 Absolute Best Cocktails To Drink At Your Backyard Barbecue

What's the best thing about summer? Some would argue it's the opportunity to take a much-needed vacation. Others say it's the only time of the year where they can achieve that glow before gearing up for the colder months.

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Going on vacation and getting a tan make summer one of the best times of the year, but what about the parties? With the beaming sunshine and the warm weather, summer is prime time for a backyard bash. What better way to cap off your summer than a backyard barbecue?

Sure, the food is important, but once you've decided how you'll feed your guests, you have to choose what they'll be drinking.

Sometimes, when you're lying by the pool or hanging out outside, all you need is a mixed drink that's simple to make and will cool you down quickly. Or, if you like to heat things up even further, what could be better than a fiery cocktail that gives you a double dosage of spicy sauce? If you thought sriracha was only for your heaping helping of ribs, think again. You can incorporate it into a barbecue cocktail as well.

Some look for a skinny cocktail to sip by the pool, while others search for the perfect pair for their barbeque entrée. Whether you crave a spicy libation, a sweet and fruity treat, or a calorie-conscious cocktail, we've got you covered.

Here are 10 of the best cocktails to drink at your next backyard barbecue.

Americano Cocktail

This classic low-proof cocktail is a suitable selection for a hot summer day. The mixture of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda make it crisp and refreshing.

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Bleeding Mary

This icy cocktail is made by freezing bloody mary mix into ice cubes. What a creative way to use ice!

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