5 Tailgate Cocktails

Are you ready for some football?


The end of the summer is a mildly depressing time for many of us. Time to hang up the bathing suits and sun dresses and switch over to sweaters, boots and the winter time blues. And while that depression lingers for a few weeks, it begins to dissipate with the realization that soon after summer ends, football season is in full swing! Time to light up those grills, put on your favorite team jersey and booze it up with friends and family during the big game.

While many of us will be watching the games this season from the comfort of our own homes or neighborhood pubs, the lucky ones will be sitting in the bleachers, cheering for their home team. What better way to kick off a football game than with some tailgating? Cold beer is a regular tailgating staple, but for lovers of any and all things liquor, it is just as fun and enjoyable to mix up a few cocktails.

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Below are some fantastic tailgate cocktails that will satisfy even the most adamant beer drinkers. With a few of these and a juicy hamburger, you’ll be more than ready for the game. Cheers (Go Redskins), and happy tailgating!

Have any tailgating cocktails that you love? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Bourbon and Spicy Ginger Soda

Courtesy of Garden & Gun

Large ice cubes
3 oz. Maker's Mark (or your favorite bourbon)
1 tbsp. ginger syrup**
2 slices fresh ripe peach or pear
2 oz. soda water

Fill a 10 oz. highball glass with ice. Add bourbon and ginger syrup, and stir. Add peach or pear slices, and top with soda water. Stir gently.

**Ginger Syrup
½ cup sugar (fine turbinado)
½ cup water
¼ lb. fresh ginger root (peeled and finely grated)

In a small saucepan bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil. Turn off the heat, and allow to steep and cool for one hour. Strain, and reserve the syrup.

Cilantro Quarterback Blitz

Courtesy of The Bachelor Guy

2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
1 ounce club soda
3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
3/4 ounces simple syrup
4 slices cucumber
5 cilantro leaves

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and cilantro leaves. Add ice, Ketel One Vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously and pour mixture in a glass. Top with club soda.

Beer Punch

Courtesy of Holidash , from Colleen Curtis

1 can of frozen lime-ade concentrate
1 bottle of Corona (or similar light beer)
1 can of Sprite

Empty the concentrate into a large jug filled with ice. Fill the empty container with tequila and add to the jug. Top with the beer and soda.

Frank's World-Famous Beer Margaritas

Courtesy of Holidash, from Jim Voorhies

1 container of frozen limeade
1/2 of the lime-ade container's worth of tequila
2 beers (Corona or Michelob)

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Stir and serve.

Crowd Control

Courtesy of The Examiner, Good Spirits by A.J. Rathbun

Mint Leaves
10 to 12 lemon slices
12 ounces vodka
8 ounces Limoncello
Club soda
In a pitcher, muddle the lemon slices and mint leaves. Add ice, vodka and limoncello. Stir and divide into glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda.

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