Whether you have tickets to the big game, enjoying it from your home team’s tailgating parking lot, at home or your local bar, drinks are a must in order to watch the day’s game(s) properly. Here are a few of my favorite football tailgating drinks:
1) SCREWDRIVER – This is the perfect drink for early morning and afternoon games. And it’s so easy to make!
- 2 ounces vodka
- 5 ounces orange juice
- A pinch of salt (if desired)
Combine ingredients and drink. Keep in mind that the smoother your vodka, the better your Screwdriver will taste.
2) BEER JELL-O SHOTS – The last time you had Jell-O shots were in college, but hey, game days are supposed to be fun!
- 16 oz malt liquor
- 2 (3 oz) packages of Strawberry Jello
- 2 cups boiling water
Stir boiling water into Jello until dissolved. Add malt liquor. Pour mixture into shot glasses or paper cups. Let set in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Beer Jell-O Shots
3) BLOODY MARY – A Bloody Mary requires a few more ingredients than a Screwdriver, but it’s a quintessential tailgating drink.
- 3 ounces tomato juice
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Celery salt
- Ground pepper
- Hot pepper sauce to taste
- Horseradish to taste (if desired)
- Celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish
- Lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
Combine the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes and stir. Add the seasonings to taste and garnish with lemon or lime and celery or pickle.
4) IRISH COFFEE – An Irish Coffee is great for cold weather. Yum.
- 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
- Heavy cream, slightly whipped
Fill a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.
5) LAGERITA – A beertail, a Lagerita is the best of both worlds.
- Salt (if desired)
- 2 oz Tequila
- .75 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz Fresh lime juice
- 4 oz Beer
If desired, coat the rim of a glass with salt, fill with ice and set aside. Add the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to a shaker and fill with fresh ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. Top with the beer and garnish with a lime wheel.
The key to a good tailgate is pacing yourself. Football lasts all day on Sundays, so it’s important to drink slowly. I can attest that these drinks will ensure game day fun with friends and family. Do you have any tailgating favorites? Please share!
P.S. Did I mention…GO RAVENS!