Tailgate Cocktails!

Last week I wrote a post on tailgating and I loved reading your experiences! Please send more comments of what you do to make game day special even if you are watching from home. They are so much fun to read and I love having you share! 🙂

Can you believe it’s October tomorrow?
To honor our fall weather I have chosen warm drinks that you could make ahead and put in a thermos and bring along.
I hope you find one you like.

So many USC touchdowns, so little time to try them all in one game!

Texan (or Trojan or Tennessee…) Tailgate Cocoa


4 oz. of light rum, silver tequila or Kahlua
1 cup whole milk
1 cup half-and-half
6 tsp. of sugar
1 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate chopped into small pieces
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cinnamon sticks


Prepare this the morning of the event, storing and then serving it out of an insulated container at the tailgate site.

The morning before leaving for the event:

Mix milk, half-and-half, sugar, finely chopped chocolate and brown sugar all together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Do not bring to a boil, but allow chocolate and sugar to melt and dissolve until they get hot. Reduce heat. Place half of this mixture into a blender and mix to a frothy consistency. Pour this back into your pan and stir in the vanilla extract.

Steve’s Cider House Special


8-10 oz. spiced rum
8 cups apple cider
Juice of one large orange
Juice of one large lemon
3 tbs. brown sugar
4 whole cloves
4 whole allspice berries
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise pods


  1. In a large pot add all the ingredients except for the spiced rum.
  2. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or so.
  3. Add rum and keep warm over a low heat or pour into an insulated container to keep warm.
  4. To keep your cider potable to nondrinkers, do not add the spiced rum to the pot of cider. Add 2 oz. of rum per cup afterward.

And one for when you get back home ~

Positively Warm Apple Pie


6 oz. apple cider (heated)
2 oz. Tuaca liqueur
Whipped cream
Pinch cinnamon and nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick


In a glass coffee mug or heat-resistant goblet, combine your heated cider and Tuaca. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Add cinnamon stick.

What drinks do you take to the game with you?
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  1. Maker’s and Diet Coke. (Some folks are sticklers and go with fully-leaded Coca-Cola, but I think it’s too sweet.) Nothing else works for a tailgate in Kentucky! 🙂

  2. Mmmm…these all look wonderful! The Positively Warm Apple Pie looks especially tempting right now! yum!

  3. Jack and Coke, Wild Turkey and Coke, Bloody Mary, Beer – and no we are not alcoholics 😉 haha
    Love these!! makes me want cold weather at a game – in the abstract only, no in reality 😉 xoxo

  4. Mmmm- those all sound delish!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. They all look great, but the warm apple pie looks great. I could picture curling up by the fire, sipping on this one!

  6. Those look so yummy! Back in my college days it was Bacardi and coke every game. Yuck! Today I’m way too boring with a bottle of Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.