8 Sublime Grilled Dishes with Cocktail Pairings

Get ready to entertain! We've asked mixologist Miles Starkey to pair his favorite cocktails with some delectable dishes from grilling pros Jamie Purviance and Elizabeth Karmel.

Madison Mayberry

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Three-Chile Cowboy Steak with Whiskey Butter

    Pair it with: Whiskey Old Fashioned

    Bring whiskey to the forefront with this old-timey cocktail served alongside a steak topped with homemade whiskey butter.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Grill   25 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze

    Pair it with: Tokyo Tea

    The melon flavors in this chicken dish make it a blissful match with vibrant Tokyo Tea. "My friends love Tokyo Tea because it tastes like a Jolly Rancher, and the Midori melon liquor pairs well with the fruity flavors in the Watermelon Glaze," says mixologist Miles Starkey.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Grill   50 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

    Pair it with: Long Island Ice Tea

    Guests will love this play on the classic combination of sweet tea and pimiento cheese -- a Long Island Ice Tea brightened with freshly squeezed lemon juice and pimiento cheese hamburgers.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Grill   10 mins 
Smoked St. Louis-Style Baby Back Ribs with Two Sauces

    Pair it with: Rusty Nail

    The rich honey and herb flavors in the Drambuie, a Scotch-based liquor, are perfectly suited for serving alongside these smoky baby back ribs.

Makes: 10 servings
Serving size: 10 servings with 2-1/3 cups barbecue sauce
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   25 mins 
Grill  2 hrs 10 mins 
Lime-Marinated Chicken with Roasted Tomatillo-Corn Salsa

    Pair it with: Pineapple Mojito

    For a meal bursting with fresh flavor, pair this minty-fruity drink with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Marinate  1 hr 
Grill   19 mins 
Red Chile-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs with Fresh Ginger Glaze

    Pair it with: Tequila Sunrise

    This fruity drink gets its name from the 'sunrise' effect that comes from combining the orange juice and grenadine. The sweetness of the orange juice and grenadine balances the heat of the ribs.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Grill  2 hrs 30 mins 
Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Dipping Sauce

    Pair it with: The Real Margarita

    "I like to use powdered sugar because of the way it dissolves in the drink and creates a foamy top," says mixologist Miles Starkey. The lime juice in this margarita also highlights the bright citrus flavor of the dipping sauce and provides contrast to the deep, smoky flavors in the steak rub.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Grill   4 mins 
Stand   35 mins 
West Coast Burger with Roasted Pepper Spread

    Pair it with: The Godfather

    Bring out the flavor of the roasted peppers and toasted almonds in these burgers with a drink featuring amaretto, an Italian, sweet, almond-flavored liquor.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Grill   33 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
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