The summer barbecue season causes a lot of pressure. “I will fry meat and vegetables,” my friends often say. “Dyou can bring a dish to share!” Sounds simple enough, of course, but once you factor in the fluctuating number of people who can be there (it’s never exactly how much you expect), dietary restrictions, chef levelwhat you want to bring to your dish, how the weather will affect what you cook, the best containers even for bringing your dish – well, it can be a lot. So instead of making backyard work a chore, just make it easier with a crowd-pleasing combo: fruits and alcohol.
Why fruit with alcohol is the perfect summer dish
I first tried this simple yet delicious treat at a Fourth of July party. “Be careful with fruit,” a friend warned me, so naturally I had to check it out. The Igloo refrigerator was filled to the brim with watermelons, strawberries, pineapples, and peaches swollen with vodka. I was not a vodka fan at the time and was skeptical about how good it could actually be (and still reeling from my friend’s “dangerous” slip of the tongue). But after one bite, I realized that natural fruit juices were the perfect built-in mixer to tame the heady heat, and after an evening of drinking, I discovered that eating your smoothie gives you a lot-necessary livelihood as you indulge.
Fruit, and fruit cocktails are already a staple for warm-weather meetings. With these concoctions, you can combine these two ingredients in a refreshing, bite-sized treat and fill your cup with flavor. instead of water stay hydration throughout the day. Even if you still prefer to sip your alcohol than to chew itthese infused fruits can also be frozen and added to sparkling water, lemonade, or another juice of your choice (maybe one of Trader Joe’s Delicious Deals?) to create a slow release cocktail with an alcoholic garnish.
For an extra fruity effect, use the husk. your watermelon or pineapple as a fruit infusion vessel – you also get a built-in Pinterest-like centerpiece for a buffet table. And, of course, you could always just pour a whole bottle of vodka directly into a whole watermelon. like our friends on TikTok.
It’s also a great way to get a hidden high. If you are heading to a park or beach where glass bottles or other containers of alcohol are prohibited, simply pack a container fruit soaked in alcohol (just don’t rat me out if you get caught).
If you’re going to a meeting where you don’t know about the lifestyle of each guest, be sure to bring a clearly labeled portion of non-alcoholic fruit with you as well. Even without alcohol the cup fruit is a welcome addition to any barbecue and will serve as sober and underage participants OK.
The best combinations of fruit and alcohol
While vodka is certainly a classic option to pair with any fruit, we can get a little more creative. And you’ll want to stick with fruits that are light in weight, sliced.citrus fruits or very ripe kiwis quickly turn into mush. Try these combinations to change the familiar:
- Cherry and bourbon. Get the best part of Old Fashioned with no fuss.
- Peaches and sparkling wine/champagne. It’s basically a bite size BEllini.
- Pineapple and ouzo. Greek style food.
- Strawberries and tequila. Mini margarita, who?
- Watermelon and beer. All the best backyard barbecue flavors in one bite.
The possibilities are endless – let us know what combinations you’re trying at your next summer food gathering. And, as always, eat fruit responsibly.