Game Day Prep: Touchdown-Worthy Cocktails & Boozy Munchies
By Halle Cook Published January 2021
Whether you are a “Go team,” “Go commercials” or “Go snacks” kind of person, game day brings lots of reasons to get excited. Sports have the amazing power of bringing together groups of people both near and far through a sense of comradery. There are very few things that have that ability, and one to make the experience even better is with spirits. Combine these two aspects, and you simply have an undefeated winning strategy. If planning a small watch party seems daunting after holiday hosting, there’s no need to take a knee. We’ve got a full menu of cocktails and boozy foods that will have your guests doing a touchdown dance with every sip and bite.
Game Day Cocktails
With the Big Game taking place in Tampa’s own Raymond James Stadium, it’s hard to find a good excuse not to join in the game day festivities. While beer and hard seltzers make great teammates for football watching, our MVPs are delicious cocktails made just for game day. If you think of this as America’s new favorite pasttime, we suggest trying out Maker’s Mark gold rush. This cocktail includes America’s spirit, bourbon, along with honey syrup and fresh lemon juice for a refreshing taste that will bring home the dub. Can’t imaGINe game day without a clear spirit? Check out the basil blitz. Featuring Hendrick’s Gin with basil and citrus flavors, this is a must-add to your playbook. An easy crowd-pleaser is a vodka-based cocktail. This versatile spirit is as beloved as the halftime show. Serve your guests a sparkling lemonade for a simple drink that’ll have them doing the wave.
Cocktails for the Whole Team
10 ounces Patrón Añejo Tequila
1 ½ ounces apple cider
3 ¾ ounces simple syrup
3 ¾ ounces fresh lemon juice
Add tequila, apple cider, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice to a bowl and stir to combine. To serve, pour into individual glasses over ice and garnish with cinnamon, a lemon wheel and cranberries. Serves 5.
Your friends may come for the game, but they are staying for the snacks. Whether your group goes for a full football feast or simple game-day grazing, our boozy food recipes are a hit (that won’t cause a flag). Chips and some kind of dip are always a touchdown, but if you’re going for that extra point, try serving a margarita pico de gallo. This recipe adds Villa One Tequila and some jalapeños for an (onside) kick that will have everyone on their feet and cheering. Another easy grab-and-go-watch-the-game option are pina colada kabobs. With rum soaked pineapples and bananas rolled in coconut, this dish is favored to win the hearts of all your guests.
Interested in one option that covers the whole zone? Buy a pack of Twisted Tea and use it to run the field. From donut burgers with Twisted Tea icing to BBQ sauce, this canned cocktail can play all the positions. For traditional football-foodies, we recommend trying the Twisted Tea mustard brats. Similar to a tasty brat you can find in the stadium, this recipe contrasts the sweetness of the tea with the savory hints of Dijon mustard. Load it up in a bun or enjoy it on its own, either way you’ll be fumbling for seconds. It’s a tried-and-true fact that you can’t go wrong with bacon-wrapped snacks on football Sunday. They’re tossing the pigskin on TV, so you should toss some on the grill. Here’s a quick play-by-play: Wrap up some hotdogs in grilled bacon lathered with sugar and Twisted Tea. Throw them back on the grill for a caramelized treat, then roll them in pretzels or chips to add a bit of crunch.
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