Football season is another way to say “party every weekend.” When friends and family drop by to catch the action, it hardly matters who wins or who loses. There’s a reason it’s called the national pastime. Try this for a solid game plan:
Every game will surely have beer, but watch their surprise when they see you’re actually serving cocktails! Cocktails like a tasty Bloody Mary are great, because they match well with spicy and salty foods (we’re talking nachos and buffalo wings). Don’t forget to offer non-alcoholic options, like the Stirrings® Sparkling Red Pomegranate Spritzer. You can prepare pitchers ahead of time so nobody’s mixing cocktails during a touchdown.
Nothing says BIG GAME like buffalo wings, brats, and other favorites off the grill. There are many healthy and delicious options for each of these, but also remember to have something for your vegetarian friends; they deserve a tasty game day as well!
Anyone can show up so make sure whoever does know whose side you're on. Use plates and decorations that reflect your team colors like team pennants, or even a simple custom banner – it won’t cost much and you’ll be surprised how much it pumps up team spirit.
The Playing Field
If you’re hosting, do a kitchen buffet set-up that lets you enjoy the game with your guests. If you think everyone might hang out in the kitchen, put dishes where people will see them and a small television on the counter that’s tuned into the game so nobody misses a single down.
COCKTAIL Bloody Mary
- 1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
- 3 oz. Stirrings® Bloody Mary Mixer
Rim a tall glass with Stirrings® Bloody Mary Rimmer.
Stir all ingredients over ice and pour into glass.
Garnish with celery sticks, pickled beans, pickled cucumbers, and olives
MOCKTAIL Pomegranate Spritzer
- 3 oz. Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
- ½ oz. Stirrings® Authentic Grenadine
- Splash of Soda Water
Rim a tall glass with Stirrings® Pomegranate Rimmer.
Pour Stirrings® Mixer into glass over ice and top with soda and Stirrings® Authentic Grenadine.