Memorial Day Weekend Boozy Food Recipes

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.

Snacks

IPA Watermelon Skewers
Add a splash of beer to your a batch of watermelon, and you’ve got these IPA-spiked watermelon skewers from Jacqueline Dodd’s The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook.

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.

Mains

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos
You can’t go wrong with the crispy fish featured in these beer-laced tacos from Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman.

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.

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.

Desserts

Campari Granita
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.

India Pale Ice Cream
Hops and Belgian candi syrup create a distinctive IPA flavor in this ice cream recipe.

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.