Game-Day Cocktails

Special drinks can turn a simple get-together into an occasion. Attractive glassware; a delicious cocktail dressed up with some seasonal fruit and veg; add a platter displaying tasty appetizers and you have yourself a chic tailgate setting.

Whether you’re traveling or hosting at home, a super-convenient and easy idea is to transport or store your drinks in your wonderbag! Yes, you can utilize the wonderbag’s clever thermal technology to chill your drinks, even on the hottest of days. Place your chilled drinks or food carefully into the bag, seal it tight and everything will stay icy cool for hours.

The wonderbag placed in the middle of the table or picnic setting creates a beautiful centerpiece that also functions as a portable drinks cooler, easily accessible for replenishments throughout the party.

With these delicious and easy-to-make recipes, here’s how to create game-day cocktail magic:

Spiked Jalapeno Lemonade   

Lemonade is always a party favorite, and this recipe is perfect for the warm weather – a delicious, refreshing, sweet and tart flavor with just the right amount of kick!

Serves 8 | Prep: 15 minutes

8 Lemons

8 Limes

3 Cups Sugar

5 Cups Water

5 Jalapeno Peppers

Neatly slice 5 jalapeno peppers and place in small saucepan (seeds included).

Add 3 cups of sugar and 2 cups of the water. Warm mixture over a low heat, when sugar begins to dissolve, increase heat to medium-high. Once simmered remove it from the heat and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Strain out the jalapenos and set syrup aside to cool.

In a large pitcher, juice the 8 lemons and 8 limes, add in the remaining 3 cups of water and sweeten to taste with the syrup. Serve over ice and garnish with a twist of lemon and jalapeno slices.

Southern Bourbon Iced Tea

A spiked iced tea is synonymous with long relaxing afternoons and nights. There’s nothing better than gathering around a balcony or porch with friends and family, taking in the scenery with the kids chasing fireflies and plenty of winning action (hopefully) playing out for your team.

Try your hand at this easy, yet utterly delicious Southern Bourbon Iced Tea.

Serves 5 | Prep: 3 hours 10 minutes

4 Cups Boiling Water

8 Tea Bags

1 Cup Honey Flavored Bourbon

¼ Cup Honey

Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep for 7 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Cover and chill for 3 hours. Stir in bourbon and honey. Serve over ice with lemon slices and lots of fresh mint leaves.  

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a classic brunch pick-me-up. There are many varieties, but this tried and true recipe will never fail you.  

Serves 1 | Prep: 5 minutes  

2 oz. Vodka

4 oz. Tomato juice

3-5 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce

1 oz. Lemon Juice

Tabasco and Horseradish to taste

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Mix well by pouring liquid back and forth between the shaker's two halves. Pour into glass over ice, and serve with lemon, olives, and a celery stick.  

Sangria

No game-day cocktail list is complete with the classic Sangria. For best results, leave the Sangria to sit ahead of serving, allowing the fruits and wine to get to know one another.

Serves 8 | Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes

¼ Cup Brandy

4 Cups (32 ounces) Chilled Lemon & Lime Soda

1 Orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 Lime, thinly sliced crosswise

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup green grapes, halved

1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine, or bottle of Prosecco, chilled

Take a pitcher or large bowl, combine orange, lime, apple, grapes, brandy, and red wine/Prosecco. Stir to combine and refrigerate 1 hour (or overnight). To serve, add soda and ice.

Old Fashioned

Originating in Kentucky in 1881 and then brought to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City, the Old Fashioned has stuck and for good reason. Its combination of bourbon, bitters, club soda, muddled sugar and ice makes it far smoother and more enjoyable than it’s bourbon friends.

Your guests will love sipping this sweet classic at your next tailgate!

Serves 1 | Prep: 6 minutes

2 oz. Rye or Bourbon

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 Sugar Cube

Club Soda

Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an “Old Fashioned” serving glass. Add 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler or strong spoon. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters create a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in the rye or bourbon. Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with an orange slice.  

Now that you have your list of easy-to-make, game-day cocktails, it’s time to get prepping and shaking. Remember you can transport your mixed pitchers (once packed in tightly concealed containers) in your wonderbag, to ensure everything is kept chilled until you are ready to serve.