Grilled Cocktails June 20 2013

Summertime means firing up the grill and enjoying a backyard barbecue with friends and family. While beer is commonly considered the beverage of choice for a barbecue, try serving a grilled cocktail at your next barbecue- it’s guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. This week, we’ll be exploring different ways to add grilled ingredients to your cocktail for a smoky, grilled twist on some classic cocktails. We’ll start off with one of my all time favorite cocktails, the Grilled Lemonade

This is a fun and easy twist on a Gold Rush, where we’ll grill the lemons before juicing them. Just cut a handful of lemons in half, dip the cut half in sugar and grill them over a hot charcoal grill until they get nice and caramelized (about 10 minutes). Grilling the lemons will give it a nice smoky flavor and mellows out the sharpness of the lemons a bit.

To sweeten this drink, we’ll make a rosemary infused honey syrup. Bring equal parts honey and water to a simmer and add a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes before removing the rosemary and letting the syrup cool. Once the rosemary honey syrup is cool and the grilled lemons have been juiced, it’s time to make our Grilled Lemonade.

Add your favorite bourbon to the large compartment of the ReJigger, followed by the grilled lemon juice in the second compartment, and finally the rosemary honey syrup in the smallest compartment. Shake it all up with ice and strain it into a chilled glass. This goes great with any grilled food, but I like to enjoy mine with some Carolina style pulled pork or a rack of Memphis style ribs. Enjoy!