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Best Drink Pairings for Your Barbecue

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When you cookout or barbecue this summer and fall for concert tailgates, football games and backyard celebrations, there are two areas you need to focus on: your food and your drinks. Your guests will expect fantastic, freshly grilled food and will appreciate cocktails that complement these perfectly. 

Serve cocktails that perfectly pair with these common cookout foods for an unforgettable grilling experience. 

Grilling up burgers is a classic American past time whether you're in your own backyard or outside a football stadium for the first game of the year. Match this traditional dish with a tasty cocktail to complement its juicy flavor. Pair your burger with a frozen iced tea concoction. Here's what you'll need: 

  • 2 cups strong black, cold tea (make beforehand)
  • 6 ounces sparkling wine 
  • 4.5 ounces vodka 
  • 3 ounces lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Ice
  • Your frozen concoction maker.

Take the ice and fill your party machine's ice reservoir. Then, combine the remaining ingredients in your frozen concoction maker's blender jar, flip the switch and let your machine do the rest. You'll be left with a perfectly blended iced tea cocktail that goes great with your burger. 

Try a frozen iced tea cocktail along with your burger. Try a frozen iced tea cocktail along with your burger.

Grilled Veggies 
If you're not a big fan of meat, you don't have to be left out of the grilling fun. Whether you're enjoying a veggie kabob, grilled corn or a baked zucchini for your cookout, a frozen wine cocktail can do the trick. 

Use your margarita maker to mix a sweet white wine, like Riesling, with a splash of juice and some ice for a refreshing, light summer beverage that'll go great with your vegetables.

Use your frozen concoction maker to blend up your grilling drinks. Use your frozen concoction maker to blend up your grilling drinks.

Ribs and Wings
These classic barbecue dishes are big in flavor. Whether you're using a hot sauce, a dry rub or a combination of the two, these smoky meat dishes deserve a drink that can match their boldness. Try a spicy margarita along with these messy staples. Combine these ingredients in your ice-filled margarita machine: 

  • 6 ounces tequila 
  • 3 ounces triple sec 
  • 4.5 ounces lime juice 
  • 1 chopped jalapeno 
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper. 

Serve this strong cocktail in a margarita glass with a cayenne salt rim. 

Pair a rack of ribs with a spciy margqarita. Pair a rack of ribs with a spicy margarita.

For many people, the essential cookout food is sausages. However, for most people the perfect drink for a brat is a beer. But that doesn't mean you can't make a frozen cocktail. Try one of these tasty beer-infused frozen concoctions. For example, the beer margarita mixes tequila, beer and juice for a complex drink that will help you keep the party going. 

Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.