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Come Party With Me: Tailgate — Drinks

No tailgate is complete without a selection of classic beverages. When it comes to game day cocktails, there are two options. You could go gourmet and pair wines with your football food, or you could go old school and pair beer and Bloody Marys with the grub. I prefer to offer lots of beer. Head to Costco or Bevmo where you can purchase a large quantity of beer for less. Pack a generous amount of bottled water especially if the weather is warm. Either way, it's important to stock your cooler with plenty of ice to last you throughout the day. I even pack an extra cooler with only ice to ensure no shortage occurs.

At my tailgate, I'll make a huge pitcher of Bloody Marias — Bloody Marys made with tequila instead of vodka — to get guests pumped up for the game. Take a look at the recipe, just

Bloody Maria
From The New York Times

24 ounces tomato juice
9 ounces tequila
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from canned chipotle chilies)
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon celery salt
Celery sticks, lemon wedges and pickled okra for garnish.

  1. In a chilled pitcher or a large, chilled thermos, mix all ingredients except for garnishes. Shake or stir.
  2. Garnish with celery, lemon and/or okra. Serve over ice.

Serves 6.


bellaraquela bellaraquela 10 years
Get the spicy V8 juice, so you don't have to bring as many ingredients!
starkiss23 starkiss23 10 years
Mmm.. Bloody Marys.. that looks so good.
Diana172 Diana172 10 years
cookingsomebacon cookingsomebacon 10 years
Mmmm...that sounds delish. I would never have thought to mix tomato juice with tequila.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
That red drink will only work for Stanford fans. Cal fans should drink something with a gold tone like mimosas or margaritas.
veside veside 10 years
Love Bloody Marys and will try Maria. What about a French Version: Bloody Marie? Wonder what french ingredient we could use...a piece of roquefort floating? (ewww). Help me out here!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
That looks awesome! I loooooovvveeee ceasers so I would probably like this one too!
nancita nancita 10 years
The Bloody Maria sounds delicious — and dangerous. But I bet the tequila would go really well with the other ingredients.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 10 years
MMmmm reminds me of how much i want a ceaser!! :) i love love love them!
misslarue misslarue 10 years
Off subject a little: BevMo is having their 5 cent wine sale-buy one bottle get the second for 5 cents. I stocked up yesterday!! Its going on til the 22nd...
fragiletearz fragiletearz 10 years
That looks so good!
TheCulinaryChase TheCulinaryChase 10 years
Tequila! Will have to try that one out! :)
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