5 Backyard Cocktail Recipes to Closeout Summer

Jack & Grapefruit

Ditch the coke for grapefruit juice and the regular Jack for Jack Honey in this sweet, tangy summer remix on a classic. The perfect drink for summertime, with a nice little shot of vitamin C. It's not the most potent drink, which makes it ideal for sipping outside in the hot weather. 


  • 3 ounces fresh-squeezed red grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce Jack Honey

Put ice in a collins glass and pour in the ingredients.

Dickelade Drink Recipe, featuring George Dickel No. 12

Similar to the classic Whiskey Sour, a blend of bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar, The Dickelade has a nice tart flavor that helps to bring out the sweeter notes in the Whiskey. Perfect for any outdoor event because it's not too sweet or heavy. 


  • 1 1/2 ounce George Dickel No. 12
  • 4 ounces lemonade

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in the George Dickel No. 12, followed by the lemonade, and stir until the glass starts to chill. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz is perfect for backyard barbecues and events. It's an excellent pre-mixer to help make things easier for your party—pairs great with grilled meat, chips and dip, anything.


  • 1 1/2 ounces dry gin
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (or simple sugar)
  • Club soda

Shake everything but the club soda well with crushed ice, strain it into a small highball glass. Fill the glass the rest of the way with club soda. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

The C&T Cocktail

C&T is one of the most accessible and excellent outdoor cocktails. In today's age of artisan cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices and garnishes, this drink holds its own plain old Ocean Spray and the lime juice out of the plastic shaped lime bottle.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 1/2 ounce Absolut Mandarin
  • Dash of lime juice
  • Fill with cranberry juice

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Pour in all ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime.

Moscow Mule

It's worth it to use top-shelf ingredients in this cocktail. Grey Goose makes an excellent choice for the vodka because it's smooth and drinkable even when served neat. The ginger beer is partly a matter of personal taste since the flavors can vary. You can't go wrong with Gosling's or Reed's.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 6 oz Ginger beer to taste

Put a few ice cubes into a glass and squeeze in the lime juice. Then pour in your vodka and ginger beer. Stir gently with a swizzle stick and serve.

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