Category Archives: Tailgating

Tailgate Time: NFL Kickoff Cocktails

After a few months of biting our nails and wondering if we would ever see and end to the infamous “Lockout”, the National Football League makes it’s return this Thursday for it’s opener with the Packers vs Saints followed by it’s usual Sunday lineup packed full of action. With the return of football comes the return of hardcore tailgating. Break out the grills, the annoying team paraphernalia, and of course don’t forget the alcohol. No tailgating experience is complete without a good assortment of finger food and relatively easy to make cocktails. Though it can be fun mixing up that drink with 8-10 hard to find ingredients, the best drinks for tailgating combine simplicity with great taste. The most complicated drink you’ll find at one of my tailgating parties will be a Long Island or one of it’s many variations. So try one of these our this weekend and see if it doesn’t have all your buddies crowning you as “Tailgate King”.

Linebacker Limeade

Six 12 oz Bottles of Corona
One 12 oz can of frozen minute made limeade concentrate.
1/2 a lime.

One of my FAVORITE beer cocktails I got from Rachael Ray. Easy, tasty, and appeals to both beer lovers and those cocktail fans that prefer something a little sweeter. In a large pitcher combine the limeade concentrate with your beer. After the foam settles squeeze the half a lime into the pitcher and stir. Pour into chilled glasses and serve. This makes 6 servings. Of course you could do the math and make an individual portion.

Lynchburg Lemonade (My variation)

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels
2 Oz Simple Syrup
1 Oz Triple Sec
Splash of Club Soda.
2 Slices of Lemon

What would a Tailgate be without whiskey right? This is my variation on a classic. I prefer simple syrup rather than sweet n sour which the original recipe calls for. Also depending on where you’re from some top it off with Lemon Lime soda but I prefer Club soda. It’s your party, so find which works best for you. In a mixing glass muddle your lemon slices, then add in ice, bourbon, simple syrup, and triple sec. Shake, and pour. Top off with your club soda.

The John Daly

3 oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
3 oz Lemonade

This one is as easy as it gets but tastes AMAZING. This adult Arnold Palmer is sure to be a hit at any tailgate. Combine your Vodka and your lemonade of ice and enjoy.

Washington Apple (Shots)

1 Part Whiskey
1 Part Apple Pucker Schnapps
1 Part Cranberry Juice

Always a hit with the girls yet still a nice bite for the fellas thanks to the whiskey. Throw these three in a shaker and pour into shots for a good time.


Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Events, Tailgating


NFL Inspired Cocktails: Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints

…..The National Football League has returned after a breif hiatus in which we were fortunate to have not missed any regular season games. With the return of football comes the return of tailgating and there’s no better sport to tailgate than Football (I’m sure some “Futbol” fans would disagree). Our opening game is less than 24 hours away and should be nothing short of a great kickoff to the season with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers taking on their Super Bowl predecessors the New Orleans Saints. In honor of this kickoff game I present some Packer/Saints inspired tailgating recipes. Enjoy.

Packer Punch 2.0

1 Parts Apple Pucker
1 Parts Bacardi Cherry Rum
4 Parts Lemonade
Club Soda (Optional)

I created a Packer Punch last year for my NFL inspired cocktails, but have since created a second recipe thus the 2.0. As a Bears fan it almost pains me to make something this good for a team I hate but it goes with the territory. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and it’s ready to go. Feel free to add club soda for the “sparkling” effect.

Frozen Tundra Cocktail
(Midori Margarita)

1 oz Midori
1 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Simple Syrup
1 Cup of Ice

Add all your ingredients into a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

New Orleans Hurricane1 oz White rum
1 oz Jamaican dark rum
1 oz Bacardi 151 rum
3 oz Orange Juice
3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz grenadine
Crushed ice
Combine all ingredients and shake well. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with various fruit wedges.

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Events, Rum, Tailgating, Tequila


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Brown-Foreman Introduces: The Triple Crown of Cocktails

With the 136th annual Preakness only a day away, alcohol giant Brown Foreman has decided to release what they are calling the “Triple Crown of Cocktails”. Three delicious recipes highlighting one of each of the three major races. Early Times and Woodford Reserve bourbon are both featured in the signature drinks.



The Early Times Mint Julep
Official Cocktail of the Kentucky Derby

The mint julep is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby and the Early Times Mint Julep has been the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby for the past 24 years. Over 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

2 ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky
1 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
Mint Sprigs
Crushed Ice

Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of your mint julep cup, then fill with crushed ice. Add one tablespoon of simple syrup and two ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir gently until glass frosts. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, sip and enjoy.

The Black-Eyed Susan
Official Cocktail of the Preakness

The Preakness Stakes is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and marks the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Black-Eyed Susan serves as the Official Drink of the Preakness and Early Times Kentucky Whisky is a key ingredient to this signature cocktail.

1 ¼ ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky
¾ ounces vodka
3 ounces sweet and sour mix
2 ounces orange juice
Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Woodford Reserve Belmont Jewel
Official Cocktail of the Belmont Stakes

The third and final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Belmont Stakes and is the main ingredient for the Official Cocktail, the Belmont Jewel.

1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve
2 oz. Lemonade
1 oz. Pomegranate juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge or cherry.

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137th Kentucky Derby: Race Day Cocktails

The Kentucky Derby is one of the South’s most premier sporting events and though many will empty their pockets in hopes of picking the winner, there are only two guarantees you can truly bet on; Big hats and Mint Julep cocktails. From the outside looking in the focus is on the horses but when you’re in attendance everyone wants to know what your wearing and what you’re drinking.The Mint Julep is the traditional mainstay at the Kentucky Derby and to honor the event I’ll be sharing with you a few Julep recipes including the original, a few spins, and some of the other popular drinks so you can have the proper experience whether you’re there in person or enjoying the festivities on the big screen from the comfort of your own home.



Classic Mint Julep

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 15 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Makers Mark or other high-quality Bourbon
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Stir together club soda and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add mint leaves and, using glass muddler, gently press leaves into sugar syrup until slightly darkened but not completely crushed. Add whiskey, then fill cup with crushed ice and stir briefly. Tuck mint sprigs into top of cup and insert straw.

Georgia Mint Julep

  • Take 1 tea-spoonful of white powered sugar.
  • 3/4 wine-glass of Cognac brandy.
  • 3/4 wine glass of peach brandy.
  • About 12 sprigs of the tender shoots of mint.

Put the mint in the tumbler, add the sugar, having previously dissolved it in a little water, then the brandy, and lastly, fill up the glass with shaved ice. Stir with a spoon but do not crush the mint. In it’s origina, the Southern Mint Julep used cognac instead of whiskey.

Old Fashioned

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • club soda
  • 2 ounces Bourbon Whisky ( Or Rye if your one of THOSE people)
  • Cherry and Orange Slice garnish (Optional)

Place the sugar cube in an Old-Fashioned glass. Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of water or club soda. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler or spoon. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in the rye (or bourbon). Serve

Agave Julep (For the Tequila Lovers)

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tbls Simple Syrup (it’s very tart, so you may add more)
  • 1 1/4 ounces Reposado Tequila
  • 1 1/4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • Dash of Agave
  • Lime wedge, mint sprig for garnish

Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup in a highball glass. Add the tequila and lime juice, fill the glass with crushed ice, and stir vigorously to mix. Decorate with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

Pimms Cup (A British Spring/Summer Classic making waves during the Derby)

1 part Pimm’s No.1 Cup
2 or 3 Parts Lemonade (Depending on how sweet you want it)
Optional- Can replace 1/3rd Lemonade with 1/3rd Lemon Lime soda, Ginger Beer, or Ginger Ale

Add ingredients in shaker filled with ice (except soda). Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with cubed (not crushed) ice. Authentic Pimm’s will then have slices and peices of fruit thrown in and topped off with.

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Beer Cocktails: Who needs Hard liquor for a good time?

…..When you think of the word cocktail, the first thoughts that come to your mind are often “fruity”, “girly”,  “not strong”, or “complicated” due to the many ingredients some involve. No so often though do we realize that a cocktail can be as simple as two ingredients and as strong as you want to make it. With the Superbowl right around the corner, hard alcohol will be flowing endlessly but not to be left out, Beer will be flying off the shelves as well. Some of us prefer a cocktail, some of us prefer a beer, but why not kill two birds with one stone? Though it can be done, I’m not talking about adding anything to beer…. other than more beer. Here are some tasty beer cocktails for the “purists” and “manly men” in the world featuring Guinness and several other well known brands.

Belgian Waffle:

1/2 pint Guinness Stout
1/2 pint Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Beer

Directions: Pour Blue Moon into a pint glass or beer mug half way to the top. Fill the other half by pouring Guinness over a spoon for the layered effect.

Black & Tan:

1/2 Pint Guinness
1/2 Pint Bass Ale

Pouring a perfect black and tan requires you hold your pint glass at an angle as you would when pouring a Guinness. Fill just over halfway with Bass Ale. Pour Draught Guinness over an upside-down spoon to disperse the flow. Let settle.

Half & Half

1/2 pint Guinness
1/2 pint Harp

Directions: A variation of the Black and tan. This is poured the same as a Black & Tan only substituting Bass with Harp

Chocolate Covered Raspberry

1/2 pint Guinness
1/2 pint Framboise

Directions: Pour in your framboise followed by your Guinness but no layering needs to be done. The result should leave a pinkish red tint to the froth on top.

Black & Blue

1/2 pint Guinness
1/2 pint Seadog Blueberry Wheat Beer

Directions: Pour Seadog till about halfway followed by a layering of Guinness with the use of a mixing spoon.


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Tailgating Cocktail Recipes

Another intense weekend of NFL football is just around the corner and we want to make sure you are prepared. Whether you’ll be bar tending, hosting a party, or enjoying the game from the comfort of your own home with family and friends, these football inspired cocktails are sure to be a hit. Try one out this weekend and become the talk of the party.

Patron Pigskin (Courtesy of

2 oz – Patron Silver
1/2 oz – Patron Citronage
2 oz – Cranberry Juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and strain into a chilled highball glass.

No Huddle Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Tanqueray Rangpur Lime Gin
3 oz Cranberry Apple Juice

Bourbon Blitz

2 oz Makers Mark Bourbon
1/2 oz B&B Liqueur

Combine both ingredients in a Highball glass and stir.

Touchdown Tea

1 oz Jack Daniels
2 oz Lemonade
2 oz Sweet Tea

Strong and tasty. Every time your team scores take a chug at one of these. Combine JD and Sweet Tea in a shaker and strain into a highball glass. Top with lemonade

Liquid Hailmary Shot (Adapted from Liquid Cocaine)
1/2 oz Bacardi 151
1/2 oz Jagermeister
1/2 oz Rumplemintz
1/2 oz American Honey

Much like a Hailmary, this one should only be tried every once and a while. Strong, and tasty this is NO JOKE. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and strain into chilled shot glasses.

False Start (shot)
1 oz Cherry Rum
1 oz Lemonade
1/2 oz Sour Apple Liqueur

Try one of these anytime there is a false start in the game. It’s dangerously tasty and sure to have you yelling at the tv. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and strain into a chilled shot glass.

Fans of the “oldest rivalry in football” might want to try these Rivalry Cocktails inspired by the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Though not a rivalry itself,  Jets and Pittsburgh fans are sure to get an exciting game to watch as well. New York fans can try a “Revis island” while Steelers fans can check out the “Black and Gold” Martini.

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Tailgating


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Rivalry Cocktails:Bears Vs Packers

This Sundays showdown between division rivals the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers is already being dubbed by members of the media and each teams fan base as “The most important game in each teams history”. One of the greatest rivalries in sports — and the oldest rivalry in the National Football League — will reach new heights this weekend when both teams square off for a shot at the Superbowl. As these two powerhouses battle it out on the field, millions of  Bears Fans and Packer Backers alike will gather in sports bars and living rooms around the WORLD cheering and rallying for their team to come out the victor. Impress your friends this year by pairing one of these Bears/Packers inspired cocktails with your favorite set of snacks.

Chicago Bears

Bear Blitz Margarita:

1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
1/2 oz 1800 Tequila
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Lovies Lemonade:

1 1/2 oz Russian Standard Vodka
1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao

In a shaker, combine Vodka and Curacao and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with Lemonade until full.

Green Bay Packers

Packer Punch:

10 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
5 oz Vodka
2 oz Orange Juice

Recipe Makes a large quantity. For individual servings decrease to 2 oz Midori, 1 oz Vodka and a splash of OJ. Combine Midori and Vodka first and then add in Orange Juice.

Wisconsin Old Fashioned

2 oz Brandy
3 Dash Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
1 Splash Water
1 Splash Club Soda
Orange Wheel

Old Fashioned fans looking for one in Wisconsin will never find the traditional bourbon ingredients instead being replaced by brandy. Dissolve sugar cube in a small amount of water (or use a splash of simple syrup). Muddle an orange wheel, just to get a bit of juice out of it. Add brandy and bitters. Pack glass with ice and add a splash of soda. Garnish with a brandy soaked cherry.

Hope you enjoy these NFL edition cocktails. Though not a rivalry itself,  Jets and Pittsburgh fans are sure to get an exciting game to watch as well. New York fans can try a “Revis island” while Steelers fans can check out the “Black and Gold” Martini.

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