With These Spirited, Team Recipes, You Will be a Contender for the Ultimate Fan!
In 1869, Rutgers and Princeton took the field in what is considered to be the first collegiate football game in history. That year, the season was comprised of just two games and, from early accounts, it looked more like a confused mix of soccer and rugby than anything we would recognize as football today.
As the years have gone by, it’s difficult to imagine a collegiate-level game that didn’t involve thousands of passionate fans, cheerleaders, marching bands, and, of course, preparatory tailgating.
Football today isn’t a rivalry of players. Today, it’s generations of tradition, the legacy left by teams of the past, odd yet honored superstitions, hours of pouring over the right tailgating recipe and outfit, and hundreds of thousands of fans watching from home, the stadium, or even online when they can’t be right there with their team.
In honor of the beautiful little bit of insanity it has amounted to, we toast today to memories, traditions, and some good, hard-hitting football.
Toasting with Tradition:
From your t-shirt to your koozie, it’s important to represent your team with pride. With that in mind, we here at KaTom have crafted a beverage list for your game-day enjoyment. We kept it to the current top ten ranked teams for the kickoff to the 2013 football season.
Enjoy and as always, please remember to celebrate smart!
1. Alabama: Alabama Slammer
This one doesn’t really need an explanation, but for all the Bama fans daring enough to give this one a try be sure not to slam back the slammer too many times.
- ½ ounce amaretto almond liqueur
- ½ ounce Southern Comfort peach liqueur
- ½ ounce sloe gin
- 1 splash orange juice
- 1 splash sweet and sour mix
Combine ingredients in a steel shaker over ice and shake until completely chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass and serve.
2. Ohio State: Bloody Mary
This one may be a bit of a stretch but when researching Ohio State, we discovered that tomato juice is actually the official drink of Ohio. With that said, it was a no brainer which cocktail should be enjoyed game morning.
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 dashes hot sauce
- ½ cup tomato juice
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Celery stalk
Wet the rim of an old fashioned glass and coat the entire rim in Old Bay seasoning. Combine vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and tomato juice in a steel shaker over ice. Shake until completely chilled, and then pour into prepared glass. Garnish with celery stalk.
3. Oregon: Hot Toddy
It’s Oregon, it’s cold, and it’s probably raining. So, drink up. That’s all.
- 3 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup brandy
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 wedged lemons
- 8 cups cider of choice
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Whisk together and bring to a boil. Once completely warm, ladle into glasses and serve.
4. Stanford: The Stanford Cocktail
Again, the name pretty much says it all here, but, interestingly enough, this drink’s name was actually created at the Hemingway Bar in the Ritz Paris hotel by head barman Colin Peter Field.
- 2 parts cognac
- 3 parts sherry
- 1 dash bitters
Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Pour ingredients over ice and serve.
5. Georgia: Rum and Coke
Fans in Georgia, home of Coca-Cola, deserve to enjoy their home-grown beverage. If you’re feeling the need for a little red, opt for Cherry Coke and garnish with a few cherries.
- 1 part rum
- 2 parts Coca-Cola
Pour rum into a highball glass filled with ice. Top glass with Coca-Cola and serve.
6. South Carolina: Game Day Tea
This isn’t your typical Southern sweet tea. We would advise against casually sipping this on Sunday.
Fill high ball glass with ice. Pour lemonade and vodka into glass. Garnish with lemon wedge and serve.
7. Texas A&M: Texas Tea
Though named for tea, this is one of those cases where it’s just a name. Texas Tea is all about celebrating the perfect mix and – whether it’s the team or the tea you’re talking about – this one is a touchdown.
- ½ ounce vodka
- ½ ounce rum
- 1 ounce tequila
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon Coca Cola
Fill mixing glass with ice. Combine vodka, rum, tequila, and lemon juice mix until fully chilled pour into a high ball glass. Top with Coca Cola, garnish, and serve.
8. Clemson: Mimosa
The mimosa is a classic but it’s the color we are after here. In honor of that bright, Clemson orange, we propose kicking off the day with this refreshing cocktail.
- 1 bottle Champagne
- 59-ounce carton of orange juice
Fill half a champagne flute with chilled champagne and top off with chilled orange juice. Gently stir and serve.
9. Louisville: Louisville Cooler
The name is great but the bourbon is probably better. The Louisville Cooler honors those Kentucky roots and refreshes the dedicated fan.
- 1 ½ ounce bourbon whiskey
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes and add bourbon, whiskey, orange juice, and powdered sugar. Shake the combination until chilled completely. Strain into an old fashioned glass half-filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.
10. Florida: Gator Juice
Well, it’s not exactly juice but it’s certainly refreshing. Though miles away from that beautiful ocean breeze, Florida fans will nearly taste the beach with this fruity cocktail.
- 1 ½ ounces Midori melon liqueur
- ½ ounce coconut rum
- Pineapple juice
- Pineapple slice
- Orange Slice
- Lime Slice
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour Midori and rum over ice. Fill the remaining area in the glass with pineapple juice. Skewer pineapple, orange, lime, and a cherry. Place garnish in glass and serve.