Lazy Susan’s Top BBQ Cocktails

Here at Lazy Susan we can’t believe that summer seems  to be pretty much over, although we’re struggling to remember that much good weather during the so-called summer months to be honest with you. Anyway, the kids are back at school and with it we seem to have got some rain and wind. I’m not sure if we’ll be in position to fire up the BBQ again in 2010, but if we do, let’s go out with a bang and celebrate with Lazy Susan’s fave BBQ cocktails…

Lazy Susan’s Top BBQ Cocktails

Traditional Pimms No.1

We had to kick things off with a true British classic and a Traditional Pimms No. 1 is almost as British as a cup of tea. The Pimms No. 1 is a gin based drink that was the brainchild of James Pimm, owner of a bar called the Oyster in London in the 1840’s. Pimm, used gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs to produce this pure British classic.

  • To make Pimms No. 1 you need lots of oranges, lemons, apples, cucumbers and mint leaves.
  • Slice the fruits into small pieces.
  • The mint leaves are purely decorative and do not need to be squashed or muddled.
  • If you are serving Pimms No.1 by the glass, each glass should contain a piece of each fruit and a sprig of mint leaves.
  • If serving in Jugs, put equal amounts of fruit into each jug.
  • Next pour one part Pimms No.1 and two part lemonade.

Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea, in our opinion anyway, is one of the perfect summer cocktails. It was first served in the mid 1970s by Robert (Rosebud) Butts, a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn, in the Town of Babylon, Long Island, New York. A true Long Island Iced Tea, as it was originally made, has always had tequila, but we like the following recipe that mixes Vodka, Gin and Rum.

  • Combine ingredients in 16oz. cocktail glass
  • Add 1oz. of vodka
  • Add 1oz. of gin
  • Add 1oz. of rum
  • Add either one packet of sugar or 1/2oz. of bar syrup
  • Add sour mix until glass is half full
  • Add a splash of cola
  • Fill with ice
  • Garnish with Lemon

Moscow Mule

Don’t like the herby flavours or the Juniper character of Gin? Not a problem, next off we have a vodka based delight. Vodka is the most popular spirit in the world and the Moscow Mule is responsible for Vodka’s speedy rise to fame in the Western World. Invented in 1941, when Gin was the most dominant force. John Martin, a spirits distributor and John Morgan, proprietor of a ginger beer production facility teamed up and the Mule was born in Manhattan, NY.

  • Fill up a tall glass with ice.
  • Pour in 2 x shots of a good quality Vodka such as Stolichnaya.
  • Squeeze two lime wedges and add about three dashes of Angostura Bitters.
  • Top up with a good quality Ginger beer.
  • To garnish, place a wedge of lime on the rim of the glass and a sprig of mint leaves for extra colour.

Tequila Sunrise

If you are looking for a real fruity cocktail that even looks like summer, even if the weather is rubbish, then it has got to be the classic Tequila Sunrise. It can be made in two ways, one sour and one fruity, but as we’re talking summer and BBQ here, I’ll explain how to knock up the fruity version.

  • Fill half a highball glass with ice, add one shot of tequila and top up with orange juice to just below the rim of the glass.
  • Next add a dash of grenadine add more if you like it sweeter.
  • And watch as the heavier grenadine settles down to the bottom of the glass to create the classic colours of a Tequila Sunrise.


This cocktail is a wonderful fusion of sweetness, citrus and refreshing mint. Born in Cuba and some sources argue that this or a similar form was enjoyed as early as the 16th century. Since then, the Mojito has become one of the most popular cocktails in the world. The mojito is a build cocktail rather than a shaker, but you will need a muddler for the mint.

  • Add a generous amount of lime juice, sugar and mint leaves to a tall glass.
  • Next use a muddler to gently squeeze the mixture, and bruise the mint leaves so as to release their flavour – This is crucial to preparing a good mojito!
  • Add two shots of white rum and for me you have to stay Cuban with at the very least Havana Club’s Anejo Especial Rum
  • Stir the rum in order for it to dissolve all the sugar.
  • Next fill the highball glass with crushed ice.
  • Top up with soda water, garnish with lime wedges and mint leaves.

Bourbon Sour

The Bourbon sour is not a simple build cocktail like the first three and it requires a Manhattan Shaker and Strainer. Although it is well worth the extra dishes to clean.

  • First off put crushed ice into the shaker and add two shots of your favourite Bourbon such as Jack Daniels.
  • Next add a generous amount of lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar syrup. You can either buy readymade sugar syrup which we’d recommend or make your own.
  • Do not use Grenadine as it will discolour the cocktail and settle in the bottom.
  • Shake the mixture well and strain into an old fashioned whiskey glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.

The NY Cosmo

According to Wikipedia the origins of the cosmopolitan are somewhat disputed. It is likely that the drink was created independently by different bartenders since the 1970’s and it is generally recognized that John Caine brought the drink to San Francisco around 1987 from the Midwest. The same year in Manhattan, the internationally recognized version of the cocktail was created by Toby Cecchini, based on a poorly described version by Cheryl Cook. What we do know is they became very chic thanks to Sex and the City, where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, commonly ordered the drink when out with her girlfriends.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add 1 1/4oz. of vodka
  • Add a splash of lime juice
  • Add a splash of triple sec
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice
  • Shake
  • Drain liquid into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a lime slice


There are many stories about who invented the margarita and why, the only thing I know for sure is that it originated in Mexico sometime between 1936 and 1948.

  • Add tequila, orange liqueur, limeade and frozen strawberries to your blender filled half with ice.
  • Blend until smooth
  • Thin with some more tequila if necessary.
  • Run a slice of lime on the rim of the glass and dip into salt for the classic garnish
  • Serve in the glass and garnish with a fresh slices of strawberries.

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