This Memorial Day Weekend, welcome summer with an ice-cold beverage in hand and the BBQ fired and ready. If you’re keen on working a little more booze into your holiday plans, get inspired by these great food recipes, or head over to our Pinterest board for more ideas. Your annual barbecue will never be the same.
Arak Drizzled Heirloom Tomatoes
The anise-flavored spirit lends a pop of flavor to this summery snack.
Dark and Stormy Kettle Corn
Sweet, crunchy, salty, sour—perfect for happy hour.
Hop-Seasoned Curly Fries
Beer and fried potatoes is the quintessential pub pairing. Plays well with burgers (see below).
Tequila Queso Fundido
Forget the microwaved Velveeta and reach for this gooey, tequila-laced melted cheese recipe instead. You can use cheddar, but the dish tastes even better with a traditional Chihuahua or Oaxacan cheese.
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers with Zinfandel-Onion Marmalade
Forget the ketchup, this marmalade pairs onions and Zinfandel—a perfect match for blue cheese-stuffed burgers.
Drunken Lamb Chops
Welcome barbecue season with brandy-marinated lamb.
Grilled Clams with Wine Bottle Sauce
The wine-bottle sauce in this recipe is incredibly easy (and fun) to make, and it’ll add a bright acidity to a variety of meats. We especially like it paired with grilled clams.
Maple Stout Baby Back Ribs
Beer-spiked barbecue sauce lends some finger-licking goodness to these slow-roasted ribs.
Porter-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Porter-marinated pulled pork and IPA-glazed slaw make this sandwich a double hit of hops and malty goodness.
Salmon a la Plancha with Citrus-Dill Vodka Marinade
A zippy citrus-dill-vodka marinade brightens this grilled salmon dish.
Shrimp and Tomato Fra Diavolo
A spicy, Italian tomato dish that pairs perfectly with chilled wine.
Campari and citrus are made for each other, as demonstrated in this simple recipe for icy cold granita.
Caramelized Pineapple Shortcake
At Bar Amá in Los Angeles, shortcake is the darling of the dessert tray, thanks to a good glug of rum and spoonfuls of caramelized pineapple.
Cucumber Gin & Tonic Popsicles
What’s better than a classic G&T? One frozen in popsicle form! These pops bring a garden fresh flavor to dessert.
Lucano Boozy Ice Cream Sandwiches
Amaro-spiked frozen yogurt sandwiches are the ultimate treat.
India Pale Ice Cream
Hops and Belgian candi syrup create a distinctive IPA flavor in this ice cream recipe.
Orange Liqueur and Citrus Granita
Say hello to spring in dessert form.
Piña Colada Popsicles
A cool summer treat inspired by the classic tiki drink.