There has always been a lot of debate regarding the best beverages to enjoy with a steaming plate of your favorite BBQ food. Of course many adults enjoy a cold beer or mixed drink when eating BBQ, but as a non-drinker myself I’ll be limiting this list to non-alcoholic drinks that the whole family can enjoy.
Here’s my list of my top 5 – though I reserve the right to update this list if any new delicious drinks are brought to my attention in the future.
#5 Spring Water
I know water is the most boring beverage as it has little if any flavor. However, while some may consider this a negative, I see it as a huge plus. The reason is simple, water will not distract from your enjoyment of your barbecued food. On the contrary, it will allow you to focus 100% on the food without throwing any unnecessary additional flavors into the mix. Water hydrates you and is crucial for human survival, and it’s got zero calories to boot! Also, if you want to get crazy you can squeeze a lemon, lime or even orange wedge into your water if you want to zest it up a bit.
#4 Root Beer
Everybody loves root beer. Honestly you have no business living in America if you don’t like root beer. It’s classic. It’s way older that Coke or Pepsi and much more flavorful. In fact in the olden days women used to brew it up at home out of roots and barks and other secret medicinal ingredients that they would collect in the woods. Simply put root beer is a magical elixer that goes amazing with ribs, BBQ chicken and pretty much everything else.
#3 Chocolate Milkshake
Sound a little extreme? Well, don’t judge me. Some people, like myslef like to live on the edge and do things in a big way. We like drinking chocolate milkshakes or “frappes” with our BBQ. Try it. Its a flavor explosion.
Lemonade is probably the most refreshing beverage ever invented. It’s sweet, delicious, full of Vitamin C and oh so tangy. Need I say more?
#1 Arnold Palmer
This man has been my hero for many, many years. Truly a great man, and of course an incredible golfer. If that wasn’t enough he also has the greatest drink of all time named after him! An Arnold Palmer gives you all the great things you love about lemonade but it takes the edge off, it mellows that lemonade out and gives it a smack on the booty. An Arnold Palmer is more mature, and it has a bit of caffeine, to give you energy without all that sugar. Fantastic drink.
Bonus Drink: Patriot Greens
BBQ food can be very healthy. Certainly if you eat quality meat that is going to give you a lot of good protein that your body needs. Then if you eat your greens, like collard greens for instance, you are going to get a lot important nutrients that other people miss out on. Through in some sweet potatoes and corn bread and you are doing pretty good. However, a lot of us miss out on key nutrients and enzymes that we need for ultimate health. A good greens drink can be a solution. If this is something you are interested check out the video below, or watch it here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPdrvdKy0NI