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.

Alabama slammer cocktailIngredients

  • 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.

cracked pepper bloody mary Ingredients

  • 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.

Hot Toddy and ToppersIngredients

  • 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.

The Stanford CocktailIngredients

  • 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.

Glass of rum and cokeIngredients

  • 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.

Game Day Iced TeaIngredients

  • 1 part Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
  • 1 part lemonade
  • Directions

    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.

    Long Island Iced TeaIngredients

    • 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.

    Mimosa FlutesIngredients

    • 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.

    Louisville Cooler CocktailIngredients

    • 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.

    Midori ShotsIngredients

    • 1 ½ ounces Midori melon liqueur
    • ½ ounce coconut rum
    • Pineapple juice
    • Pineapple slice
    • Orange Slice
    • Lime Slice
    • Cherry
    • Directions

      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.

    Chelsea B. Sanz
    Chelsea B. Sanz

    Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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    1. September 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm, Jeremy Blacklock said:

      Us LSU tigers drink whatever there is to drink. And eat whatever team we are playing.