The Perfect BBQ Cocktails: What Are They?

Red iced cocktails with lemon wedge garnishes on wooden picnic table
Updated on July 25th 2023

One of the most important parts of a barbeque is the drinks you’re serving. And our CBD drinks can help take those cocktails to the next level!

CBD beverages add a delightful fizz and flavor to cocktails.

Here are our favorite barbeque cocktails:

  • Gin and tonic
  • White sangria
  • Margarita
  • Tequila sunrise
  • Mojitos
  • Jalapeno and cucumber margarita
  • Watermelon champagne coolers
  • Lemonade shandy

You can’t go wrong with any of these cocktails. Remember to make some mocktails on the side if you have kids running around!

Adding CBD drinks to your cocktails is the best way to up your cocktail game. So let’s get to it!

Gin and tonic

A gin and tonic is made up of tonic water and gin with a lot of ice. Ratios range between 1:1 and 1:3. They’re usually topped off with a lime slice! The excess of ice makes the alcohol taste less strong so it’s extra refreshing to drink. Trade one of our Sparkling CBD waters for the tonic water for a fun surprise!

White sangria

Red wine sangria might be a more well-known cousin, but white sangria holds its own- especially in the summer heat. Something convenient about white sangria is that it can be made ahead of time and then put in the fridge. The flavors will deepen and it’ll remove some stress while you get ready for your barbeque. What more could you want?

Get some white wine, peach schnapps, and apricot brandy. Stir in some fruit and chill it for at least four hours.

When you’re serving it, leave some room to pour in our ginger ale CBD sparkling soda. It adds a delightful twist and rounds out the flavor perfectly!


Margaritas are made up of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. They usually have salt on the glass’s rim, too. It can be served on the rocks, as a frozen margarita, or straight up. There’s even a special glass for margaritas- the margarita glass! Use our CBD Sparkling Citrus Water in lieu of the lime juice to add some fizz and extra flavor. Margaritas are a classic!

Tequila sunrise

This cocktail is made out of tequila, grenadine syrup, and orange juice. It’s unmixed so as to maintain its sunrise-like appearance. The tequila sunrise originated in the west in Arizona in the 30s and was later updated in California in the 70s. And it sure looks like something from the west! Our CBD Sparkling Citrus Water has notes of orange that make for a happy substitute for orange juice.

This relatively unknown drink will impress everybody because it’s so beautiful. If you haven’t seen one before, it’s quite a delight!


Mojitos are a classic Cuban highball. Mojitos are usually made up of five things: white rum, sugar, soda water, lime juice, and mint. They’re incredibly popular in the summer- and dare we say potentially the best barbeque cocktail out there! You can substitute the soda water with one of our sparkling CBD sodas. Try out different flavor combinations to see what you like best!

Everyone loves a good mojito. Serve these up and no one will be disappointed.

Cucumber jalapeno margarita

The cucumber jalapeno margarita is sure to please. It’s probably a combination that most of your guests haven’t experienced before, and they’ll be pleasantly surprised to try out this firecracker of a drink!

First, rub lime around the rim of the glass. Drip the rim in Tajin. Put sugar, jalapeno slices, lime juice, lime slices, and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. Squash everything to get the juices out. Add orange liqueur and tequila.

Fill up the shaker with ice and shake it for about 20 seconds. It gets spicier and spicier the longer you shake it. If you don’t want it to be too hot, take out the membranes and seeds from the jalapeno slices before you shake it.

Our citrus CBD beverage is a great substitution for the orange liqueur! With hints of lemon and orange, it’s a great way to add a bubbly surprise to this drink that’s already a showstopper.

Watermelon champagne cooler

Watermelon champagne coolers are made of watermelon juice, vanilla-infused vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and champagne. While some people opt to make fresh watermelon juice, our Sparkling CBD Watermelon Soda can add some extra fizzy delight to this already-refreshing drink!

The champagne is simply used to top off the drink and add some celebration to the occasion. Nothing is better than popping open a bottle of champagne!

Lemonade shandy

The Lemonade Shandy is the perfect drink to make with our Sparkling CBD Lemonade! Simply a mix of beer with citrus, it’s also often carbonated- making our sparkling CBD soda all the more welcomed. The ratio is usually 1:1.

Shandies are very popular in Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and the UK. They’re slowly making their way to becoming a favorite in the states, too!

Final thoughts

Clearly, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the best barbeque cocktail to make. And substituting ingredients with our drinks is a fantastic way to elevate your cocktail and make it something everyone will be talking about.

Drinks can make or break a barbeque. If you really want to impress, drinks are the first thing that should be on your mind! Using our CBD drinks can turn a simple cocktail into a crowd-pleaser.