5 Refreshing Alcohol-free Drinks Perfect For Your Backyard Barbecue

Even though a cold beer or wine will match well with steaks and burgers, you need to be aware that not all of your guests are up for alcohol particularly when you are expecting children at your barbecue. Always have family-friendly coolers ready and make sure they perfectly complement the grilled dishes you’re about to serve.

Here are some refreshing beverage recipes perfect for a summer backyard barbecue:

Summer Fruit Crush

Add a fruity sweetness to your menu! Make this healthy and refreshing beverage that adults and children alike will adore.

What you want:

  • 1/2 cup orange sherbet
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup raspberry juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup Flavour
  • 1 glass crushed ice

Blend lemon, raspberry, and lemon juices together with the orange sherbet and crushed ice. Transfer to a pitcher, add java and stir. Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.

Twisted Peach Cooler

A tasty mix of cherry and ginger, ideal for beating the summer sun!

Everything you need:

  • 2 ripe peaches, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup peach nectar
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 8-10 ice cubes

Simply combine peach slices, ginger ale, peach nectar and fresh ginger in a pitcher. Stir to combine ingredients well. Add ice cubes or serve over ice.

Liquid Strawberry Shortcake

With this traditional creamy strawberry smoothie, then you will get a sausage and cooler in one!

What you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen or fresh berries
  • 2 cups non-fat plain yoghurt
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 6 shortbread cookies, crushed
  • 6 tbsps. Whey protein powder
  • 4 tsp. No-calorie sweetener
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 12-15 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender (leaving a few pieces of fresh strawberries for garnish) and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses, top with tomatoes and function. Best consumed immediately.

Spicy Lime Explosion

If you want to impress your guests with a distinctive refreshing beverage, this is the beverage to concoct!

Everything you need:

  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Blend all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine well. Serve over ice.

Tropical Mint Delight

Nothing feels like summer over fresh fruit coupled with mint leaves. This tropical cooler is bold, refreshing and a must-have at barbecues.

Everything you need:

  • 1 cucumber, 1 half thinly sliced and 1 half sliced
  • 1 honeydew melon, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Combine chopped cucumber, melon and mint leave into a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a pitcher then adds cucumber slices and lime juice. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. When prepared, stir well, pour over ice and garnish with lime slices.

With all these easy-to-make cooler meals, everyone will get to enjoy the garden barbecue even under the heat of sunlight.