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.