The backyard barbecue is a favorite weekend pastime for many during the warmer months. Not only does it keep kitchens cleaner and cooler and make it justifiable to eat off disposable plates, it is also the great excuse for a small party. A cookout is generally casual and understated, but that does not mean it is okay to skimp on the quality of the food or beverages. Most grillmasters already know what they will serve for food but may feel a little uninspired when it comes to the drinks. Lemonade and iced tea are popular but there is no reason to stop there. Many types of wine pair wonderfully with grilled food and a creative cocktail is always appreciated. Visit a Local Wine Store for some brand recommendations for the ideas listed below.
Choosing the Wine
White wine is perfect with any grilled meat but is even more enjoyable when paired with grilled seafood. Serve a Riesling with something hot off the grill but go with the bolder flavors a good chardonnay with smoked foods. The sweetness and slight touch of acidity of a rose make it a nice cookout addition, and it pairs wonderfully with smoked meats as well.
Creating a Cocktail
The Local Wine Store will also have a selection of other beverages to consider. Rum makes fruity, refreshing punches simple to throw together. Gin is a versatile option that offers many possibilities. Suggest a gin fizz or the simple, but popular, gin and tonic. Vodka is needed for the trendy Moscow Mule. This drink is simple to prepare ahead by the pitcher, but be certain there are copper mugs for serving. Stocking up on fruit juices like cranberry, white grape, and grapefruit makes it easy to create a variety of vodka cocktails.
Offering More Options
Sangria and sparkling wines are also great to keep on hand. Always have soft drinks, juice, and seltzer water available for guests that do not wish to imbibe. Encouraging others to bring a cocktail as well as a side dish will make it much easier to have a variety of flavors for everyone to sample.
Many wines also make fantastic marinades for meat that is waiting to be grilled. Visit Towne Cellars Wines & Liquors Inc. for some inspiration. There are many mixers, flavored liqueurs, and much more to consider adding to the menu. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.