Shake Up Your Barbecue

Trade wine for cocktails the next time you grill for deliciously different pairings—like this Whiskey Daisy with a sizzling steak
Whiskey Daisy and grilled steak

Photography Terry Brennan, Food Styling Lara Miklasevics

You can bring a refreshing change to the table and pair cocktails with sizzling steak off the grill. Foods you might serve with red wine go surprisingly well with brown spirits like whiskey. Similarly, white spirits, such as vodka and gin, make great accompaniments to the foods you tend to eat alongside white wines.

Cocktails like the classic and refreshing Whiskey Lemonade or the Whiskey Daisy (featured below) can be enjoyed with steak, a burger, or barbecued pork. If fish or chicken is on the menu, try an orange Martini made with vodka or gin, or a Mojito, made with light rum.

Give the corkscrew a rest, grab the cocktail shaker instead, and have some fun experimenting with different cocktails and food pairings this summer.

Whiskey Daisy

Makes 1

2 ounces bourbon or other whiskey
½ ounce triple sec or other orange liqueur
¼ ounce grenadine (pomegranate syrup)
¾ ounce lemon juice
Lemon slice or twist, for garnish

Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon slice or twist.

Thirsty for More?

Spend an evening sampling creative new flavors and revisiting classic ones from over 60 local and national distillers, breweries, and artisans at Minnesota Monthly’s 11th annual Fine Spirits Classic Thursday, July 13. Celebrate spirits, cocktails, local crafts, savory food, and so much more. Check here for more information and tickets.

Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine, and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her son, who used to eat beets and Indian food as a preschooler, will one day again think of real food as more than something you need to eat before dessert and be inspired by his younger brother, who is now into trying new foods.