Are you ready for some footbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall (cocktails)?! We've been waiting since last winter to start concocting the victory toasts, the defense drinks, the touchdown cocktails and the "we'll play better next time" sippers.
To kick things up a notch this season, we’ve personalized your team’s impending victory with these four color-coded cocktails. They are perfectly paired with the glory of of pig skins, pigs-in-a-blanket and pigging out during game day to win from within. It doesn’t matter if you’re a college football fan or NFL. Just find your team’s primary color and get to mixing.
Orange you glad you practiced your victory dance?
Shake the rum and pineapple juice with ice and strain into a tall glass over crushed ice. Top with Blue Moon and stir gently. Serve with a pineapple slice, orange wheel and maraschino cherry.
Enjoy your green team dominating the field while sipping this.
Pour all ingredients over ice and gently stir.
Revel in the first and ten with this scarlet sip.
- 1 ounce Quarter Horse Bourbon Whiskey
- ½ ounce Charles Regnier Amaretto
- 1 ounce cherry juice
- 2 ounces cola
- 5 maraschino cherries
Add maraschino cherries to the bottom of the glass and muddle until smashed. Add ice. In a shaker, add the whiskey, cherry juice and amaretto and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and top off with cola.
Charge into this cocktail with pride while cheering on your team.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
When it comes to food, there’s only two options: pair your food with delicious cocktails or cook with booze. Both are simple and easy to do with a few guidelines. Try this recipe for whiskey and bacon meatballs from hostthetoast.com to get you started:
FOR THE MEATBALLS
- 8 ounces uncooked bacon
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
FOR THE SAUCE
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup whiskey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons hot chili flakes
- chopped chives, to top
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the bacon, onion and garlic. Process the bacon until it is entirely ground, and no large chunks remain. Preheat the broiler. Transfer the bacon mixture to a large bowl and mix in the ground beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg and seasonings. Roll the meat mixture into golf ball-sized balls and place on a baking sheet. Broil the meatballs until browned on top, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Add the meatballs and cook on high for 1-2 hours or low for 3-4 hours. Switch the slow cooker to warm and serve.
Check our tailgate Pinterest board for more game day inspiration!