Memorial Day is all about barbeques, beer, and summertime fun and my party will be a perfect combination of those three components. I've invited everyone I know through email - the more the merrier at this laid back bash, come up with a grill-based menu highlighting classic bbq dishes such as baby back ribs and modern twists like scallop skewers with pineapple and avocado. Cool and refreshing drinks are essential in a party as large as this one, so in addition to silver buckets filled with a variety of cold beers, I'll offer a few bottles of a crisp white Pinot Gris, and both spiked and hard lemonade. For the details,

When guests call to RSVP ask each person to bring a six pack of their favorite beer to ensure that there is enough selection and brews to go around. Or else think about getting a keg of a light, highly drinkable beer. Generally people stick to beer at barbeques, however give the choice of white wine (everyone knows at least one girl who refuses to drink beer, right?). Lemonade and cold water-sparkling and still-are ideal options for those who prefer not to consume alcohol. To get the party really started make several pitchers of my hard lemonade. I've been making this for awhile now and it gets rave reviews every time. Watch out it tastes so good it's easy to down a few glasses before the vodka hits you.

From Martha Stewart

3 cups lemon or lime juice, about 20 lemons or 25 limes freshly squeezed
2 cups superfine sugar
4 cups cold water
4 cups ice
2 lemons or limes, thinly sliced for garnish

  1. Into a large serving container, strain the citrus juice, mix it with sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add 4 cups cold water and stir again until well combined. Add ice to fill and a few lemon or lime slices.

Makes 10 cups.

PartySugar's Hard Lemonade
From Bon Appetit magazine

1 cup packed mint leaves, chopped
2/3-cup sugar
1-cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
Crushed ice for serving
Fresh mint springs, optional for garnish

  1. Combine chopped mint and sugar in a large bowl or pitcher.
  2. Stir in lemon juice and vodka.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  4. Strain mixture into serving pitcher.
  5. Fill six 6-8 ounce festive glasses with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Garnish with mint springs.

Serves 6.

What's your favorite thing to drink at a barbeque? Share your concoctions with me below!