It’s time to fire up the grill, dust off the smoker and strap on your best “Kiss the Cook” apron, because this weekend is the unofficial kickoff to grilling season. Any good griller can juggle burgers, hot dogs and vegetable skewers without breaking a sweat, but the real challenge is doing all that while holding a beer. Here, expert pit masters and grilling gurus share their favorite drinks to sip while manning the fire.
Lone Star: “When I am outside grilling, Lone Star in a can is my drink of choice. It’s nice and refreshing gives me a manageable buzz.” —Andrew Wiseheart; Contigo, Austin
Rosé Champagne: “My perfect summer day is grilling or smoking meats in the backyard or on my balcony accompanied by the smell of blooming flowers and the refreshing tickle on my tongue from pink bubbles. Grilling plus Champagne equals grill girl happiness!” —Elizabeth Karmel; Hill Country Barbecue, New York City