The Perfect Summer Drinks for Your Rooftop BBQ

Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. Kirkland is home to some fantastic bartenders. So here are some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.

Note: Most of these recipes don’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.

Vodka:

  • Beach Café: Beach Collins – Fresh Strawberries with Vodka and Lemon-Ginger Juice, over Ice with Sprite
  • Trellis: Pomegranate Basil Martini – Basil Infused Vodka, Lime and Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate Basil Martini from Trellis

Pomegranate Basil Martini from Trellis

Tequila:

  • Milagro Cantina: Diablo – Lunazul Reposado Tequila, Muddle Lime, Topped with Ginger Beer, and a splash of Creme De Cassis. Served on the rocks
  • Cactus: Liquid Oaxaca – Fresh Squeezed Lime, Agave and Cilantro shaken with Vodka and finished with a Breath of Silver Tequila.

Whiskey:

  • Bin on the Lake: Ginger Binger Julep – House Infused Ginger Syrup, Bulleit Bourbon, Fresh Mint
  • Volterra Kirkland: Kirkland Old Fashioned – Johnny Drum Bourbon, Whisper of Vanilla Amaro Syrup, Fee Brothers Bitters

Bourbon Old Fashioned

Gin:

  • Bin on the Lake: The Bramble – Tanqueray Gin, Creme de Mure, Lemon Juice, Sugar
  • Milagro Cantina: Cucumber Twist – Bombay Sapphire Gin, splash of house-made sour, topped with soda, fresh muddled cucumber & lemons, served in a chilled martini glass.

Cucumber Twist

Share your favorite homemade cocktail recipes with us in the comments below.

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