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These 5 Grilled Cocktails Will Make Your Summer

Summertime's signature drinks are all built around the freshest, juiciest fruits of the season. Think of everything from pineapple mai tais to citrusy lemonade. Now, take that fruit and grill it, and you're rocking a whole new level of intensified flavor from the smoky, caramelized juices. So, let's get fired up and make some grilled cocktails!

Grilled Fruit Photo

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Grilled Cocktails

I recently teamed up with Matt Wencl — a fellow Allrecipeep from our video team — to work out 5 grilled cocktails for you to try this summer. There was a whole lot of learning and tweaking along the way, but I hope you'll enjoy the results.

1. Grilled Pineapple Mai Tai

You'd think that pineapple was already sweet and juicy, but grilling it made it even more so. We even grilled the cherries for garnishing, because why not? This will totally crush it at your next tiki party.

Grilled Mai Tai

Photo by Vanessa Greaves

2. Grilled Gazpacho Bloody Mary

While we were standing around the grill, the aroma of the sizzling tomatoes, onions, garlic, and peppers for the Bloody Mary mix made our mouths water! And the flavor of all those vegetables blended together was so robust, we really could have eaten this with a spoon. That's why we're calling it Gazpacho Bloody Mary. It's a soup! It's a cocktail! It's everything!

Grilled Gazpacho Bloody Mary

Photo by Vanessa Greaves

3. Grilled Peach Bourbon Smash

Sweet smoky grilled peaches muddled with grilled lemon and mint, shaken up with bourbon, and topped with ginger ale. Tell me when to stop, because this cocktail can't.

Grilled Peach Bourbon Smash

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4. Grilled Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail

I always order a Paloma at my favorite Mexican restaurant in Seattle, so I wanted to try doing a grilled version. There's a smoky undertone that makes the flavors deeper and more complex, but the cocktail was still as refreshing as I was hoping it would be.

Grilled Grapefruit Paloma

Photo by Vanessa Greaves

5. Grilled Lemon Limeade

Caramelizing the citrus on the grill darkens the color of this family-friendly mocktail, but once you taste it you might decide that plain old lemonade is just missing something. Want to make a grown-up version? A slug of vodka or gin should do it.

Grilled Lemon Limeade

Photo by Vanessa Greaves

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