Category Archives: Football & Tailgating

Football & tailgating recipes include punches to pass around, individual drinks and shots with team themes in mind and themes with football spirit.

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch

Multiply the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch ingredients by 10 for pitcher size & take to your next tailgate party.

Multiply the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch ingredients by 10 for pitcher size & take to your next tailgate party.

Don’t you just love liquor holidays?! September 20 is National Rum Punch Day. That means this year Saturday morning begins with a holiday and continues on with tailgating and football. Does it get any better than that?

The flavors in this Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch weave together nicely. It is light cider flavor with tart lemon and hints of warming ginger thyme. Don’t let the Ginger Thyme Syrup scare you away from making this drink. The syrup only takes a few minutes to make and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for quite a while. It’s so delicious. I have more recipes to share with it, too, so stay tuned.

Easily multiply each ingredient measurement by 10 for pitcher or punch bowl size and take this rum punch to your next tailgate party.

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch Recipe

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch for National Rum Punch Day with Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup, Shellback Spiced Rum and Apple Cider - September 20 is National Rum Punch Day

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch – September 20 is National Rum Punch Day

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Shellback Spiced Rum

2 ounces Cider

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup*

2 ounces Club Soda

Apple Slice

Thyme Sprig

Place spiced rum, cider, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake briefly to blend and dissolve syrup. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over a large cube of ice or into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with an apple slice and thyme sprig.

Use 1 ounce of club soda for sharper flavor. Use 2 ounces club soda for softer flavor. Sharper flavor lends itself more toward cooler temperatures with more warming notes. Softer flavor lends itself more toward warmer temperatures with lighter notes, bringing more citrus to the forefront.

Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup is easy to make and adds delicious flavor to many cocktail recipes

Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup is easy to make and adds delicious flavor to many cocktail recipes

*Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup

2 cups Brown Sugar

10 – 1/4 inch thick by 1 inch round medallions of fresh Ginger

15 to 20 sprigs of fresh Thyme

1 cup Water

1 ounce Vodka – optional (acts as preservative)

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously. Bring to a boil. At the boiling point the aroma is that of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Boil for exactly 3 minutes and remove from heat. Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a heatproof glass container with lid. Allow to cool. Once liquid is cooled, add 1 ounce vodka as preservative. Seal container. Keep syrup in the refrigerator when not in use. Yields approximately 1-1/2 cups.

This rum punch drink was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients and tastes fabulous with or without rum, so it's perfect for the entire family. Single serve or multiply recipe to serve to many.

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

Amazing! This is easily among one of my favorite hot chocolate recipes. The Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients, so there is no need to go on an extravagant shopping spree. What I really love about this hot chocolate recipe is its versatility. This Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is delicious without the rum, so it’s perfect to serve to kiddos, too. That makes this recipe perfect for just about everyone.

Make this recipe for individual serve or multiply it to serve many people. Tailgate parties, Saturday mornings and holidays just got a little easier and tastier!

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients and tastes fabulous with or without rum, so it's perfect for the entire family. Single serve or multiply recipe to serve to many.

Multiply recipe for tailgate parties, Saturday mornings and holidays.

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/4 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

3 ounces Half & Half

1-1/2 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream

2 tablespoons smooth Peanut Butter

1/3 cup White Chocolate Chips

French Vanilla Whipped Cream*

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Candy – unwrapped

Place rum in a heat resistant coffee mug. Set aside. Place half & half, heavy whipping cream, peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a microwave safe glass container such as a two cup measuring cup. Microwave mixture on high for 30 second intervals, stirring until mixture is completely heated and smooth. The completed microwave time should take approximately 3 to 4 minutes depending on individual microwave ovens. Once mixture is heated thoroughly and completely smooth, pour into coffee mug over the rum. Stir briefly. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with peanut butter cup on top.

*French Vanilla Whipped Cream – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Pint / 16 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Tablespoons French Vanilla Flavored Syrup – Torani or Davinci brands found in coffee aisle

I use a whipped cream whipper (iSi Gourmet Whip from Williams-Sonoma) with cartridges to instantly “whip” my whipped cream. Whip this recipe up by hand if you are so inclined.

This Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Red Reindeer Punch

Red Reindeer Punch was originally created for a fall football tailgate party. The flavors reflect the fall season and the colorful red drink was for team spirit. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch was originally created for a fall football tailgate party. The flavors reflect the fall season and the colorful red drink was for team spirit. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch made its debut at a recent Saturday afternoon football tailgate party. To be honest, at the time of the tailgate the drink still did not have a name. Naming drinks is the most difficult part for me. Creating the recipe is another ballgame completely. Requirements for this drink were simple: this had to be a red drink for team spirit and I wanted something that reflected the flavors of fall.

Even though this recipe was originally created with a tailgate party in mind, the flavors reminded me more of winter holidays. This punch recipe tastes of caramel apple, soft cranberry and ginger spice. It is a luscious caramel apple served over ice without a wallop of alcohol banging you over the head. Red Reindeer Punch is perfect for holiday gatherings with family, friends and co-workers.

Red Tailgate Punch - {photo credit: Cheri Loughlin, www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Tailgate Drink – {photo credit: Cheri Loughlin, www.intoxicologist.net}

So even though this red punch began with team spirit and tailgating in mind, it veered in another direction. Back to the drawing board for that tailgate drink!

Red Reindeer Punch Recipe

Red Reindeer Punch is a luscious caramel apple served over ice without a wallop of alcohol banging you over the head. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch is a luscious caramel apple served over ice without a wallop of alcohol banging you over the head. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Makes a little less than 2 gallons

1 – 750ml Bottle Pucker Sour Apple Sass Flavored Vodka

1 – 750ml Bottle Butterscotch Schnapps

1 – 750ml Bottle Gingerbread Liqueur

100 ounces (12-1/2 cups) Cranberry Juice Cocktail

50 ounces (6-1/4 cups) Apple Juice

Apple Slice or Cranberries Garnish

Chill all ingredients overnight for best results. Combine all liquids in large punch bowl or drink dispenser. Stir. Place apple slices and fresh or frozen cranberries in mixture if using large punch bowl. Save apple slices and fresh or frozen cranberries for glasses if using a sealed drink dispenser. Serve punch in rocks glasses over fresh ice. Garnish drink accordingly.

Red Reindeer Punch Single Serve Recipe

Red Reindeer Punch tastes of caramel apple, soft cranberry and ginger spice. It is excellent for holiday gatherings with friends, family or co-workers. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch tastes of caramel apple, soft cranberry and ginger spice. It is excellent for holiday gatherings with friends, family or co-workers. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

single serve

1/2 ounce Pucker Sour Apple Sass Flavored Vodka

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1/2 ounce Gingerbread Liqueur

2 ounces Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 ounce Apple Juice

Garnish Options:

Apple Slice or Cranberries Garnish

Apple Slice and Caramel Candy Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Garnish with fresh apple slice or cranberries on cocktail pick – or – Garnish with cocktail pick with apple slice, caramel candy, followed by another apple slice.

I used Pucker Vodka, Hiram Walker Liqueurs and Ocean Spray brands while creating this recipe. Homemade Ginger Vanilla Syrup can also be substituted for Gingerbread Liqueur for spicier kick and less alcohol in the completed cocktail. Caramel Apple Liqueur is also a great addition to this cocktail. Use half Butterscotch Schnapps and half Caramel Apple Liqueur for deeper caramel apple flavor.

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Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate uses white chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, half & half, RumChata, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and whipped cream. Make it for adults or change it up a little for those wishing for non-alcoholic enjoyment. This makes a great tailgate recipe or relaxing fireside sipper. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate uses white chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, half & half, RumChata, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and whipped cream. Make it for adults or change it up a little for those wishing for non-alcoholic enjoyment. This makes a great tailgate recipe or relaxing fireside sipper. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Dessert isn’t really my thing unless it is served in a glass. In this case a mug will do just fine. Pumpkin patches, grocery store entrances filled with rows of pumpkins and my love of a really good cup of hot chocolate inspired this fall themed Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate recipe. That and the RumChata.

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate uses RumChata with 13.75% alcohol by volume in the recipe. Make a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos by skipping the Rum Chata. Use 1/2 cup white chocolate chips instead of 1/3 cup, add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice according to taste and an additional 1 ounce Half & Half to the recipe. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate uses RumChata. Make a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos by skipping the Rum Chata. Use 1/2 cup white chocolate chips instead of 1/3 cup, add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice according to taste and an additional 1 ounce Half & Half to the recipe. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

After sampling RumChata I knew it was perfect for a white chocolate hot chocolate with pumpkin spice. It just works. By the way, RumChata just works by itself, too. It is simply delicious! Try it in the Cinnamon Toast shot for fun.

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate. Sip it as is without the whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice if you wish. It is still decadently delicious! {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate. Sip it as is without the whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice if you wish. It is still decadently delicious! {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

The Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate would make an excellent tailgate recipe for early morning football tailgaters. Just multiply the recipe by the number of servings you would like to make. Place the heated mixture in a thermos or container that holds in the heat. Serve once your group is in the tailgate zone. Garnish accordingly. Make a separate batch without alcohol for younger tailgaters. Instructions in the photo caption.

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate is also wonderful with vanilla whipped cream. Whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons powdered sugar. Or use whipped cream dispenser using 1 pint heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons french vanilla syrup found with coffee syrups. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate is also wonderful with vanilla whipped cream. Whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons powdered sugar. Or use whipped cream dispenser using 1 pint heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons french vanilla syrup found with coffee syrups. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1/3 cup Nestle Premier White Morsels {White Chocolate Chips}

1/4 cup Hiland Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 cup Hiland Half & Half

1 heaping Tablespoon Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 ounce RumChata

Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Spice {recipe below}

Place white chocolate chips and heavy cream in saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate chips are completely melted. Stir in pumpkin and half & half. Continue to heat on low until mixture is completely heated but do not allow mixture to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in RumChata. Pour into heat proof mug. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on top of the whipped cream for a Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate that is out of this world. Aroma and flavor combine deliciously. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on top of the whipped cream for a Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate that is out of this world. Aroma and flavor combine deliciously. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

This pumpkin pie spice seasoning mix can be used in baking recipes, hot chocolate and coffee recipes or however you would ordinarily use prepackaged pumpkin pie spice. It is quick and easy to mix together with seasonings you probably have on hand already. Making it yourself teaches you a new secret recipe for the kitchen and saves a few pennies in the pocket book. I love simple recipes like this! The homemade Vanilla Extract is another one of my all-time favorite secret money saving recipes. Check it out if you love that sort of thing.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 teaspoons Archer Farms Ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Archer Farms Ground Nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Archer Farms Ground Ginger

1/4 teaspoon Archer Farms Ground Cloves

Combine seasonings until well combined. Store in airtight seasoning jar or container with lid. Multiply each ingredient in this recipe for larger batch.

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate - Multiply this recipe to fill a thermos to take with you for outings such as fall hay rides and tailgating. It is the perfect fall weather hot chocolate treat. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate – Multiply this recipe to fill a thermos to take with you for outings such as fall hay rides and tailgating. It is the perfect fall weather hot chocolate treat. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Nestle Toll House, Libby’s Pumpkin, Hiland Dairy and RumChata brands while creating this spiced pumpkin pie white hot chocolate. The pumpkin pie spice ingredients were made from spices purchased from Target. Use the brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but might not taste exactly the same since every brand has their own secret ingredients and formulations.

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Easy Cherry Vodka Drinks for Game Day

Cherry Kicker - Cherry Vodka Recipes - Football DrinksWhat makes football drinks so special? Seriously; is it really the drink or is it the activity and friends that carry the moment? My guess is people first, game second, what’s in that glass a far third.

Preparation is key for successful tailgating. Choose one or two base liquors and build three or four variation drinks around them. This way you will have a variety of drinks without bringing the entire bar with you. Keep the drinks simple with little mixing or shaking necessary.

Easy Cherry Vodka Drinks

Cherry Kicker is an easy build drink created specifically for football and tailgating season using Cherry Vodka, Vanilla Vodka and Coconut Juice with optional cherry garnish. It is one of four basic, quick build cherry vodka drinks in a series. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Cherry Kicker is an easy build drink created specifically for football and tailgating season using Cherry Vodka, Vanilla Vodka and Coconut Juice with optional cherry garnish. It is one of four basic, quick build cherry vodka drinks in a series. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Cherry Kicker– recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Cherry Vodka

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka

2 ounces Coconut Juice

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Build in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Cherry Kick Return is a variation on the Cherry Kick football drink. This cherry vodka drink uses cream soda in 3 ounce portion in place of coconut juice in 2 ounce portion. This mixes up the taste experience just a little while keeping tailgating fun and easy. The Cherry Kick Return is one of four basic, quick build cherry vodka drinks in a series. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Cherry Kick Return is a variation on the Cherry Kick football drink. This cherry vodka drink uses cream soda in 3 ounce portion in place of coconut juice in 2 ounce portion. This mixes up the taste experience just a little while keeping tailgating fun and easy. The Cherry Kick Return is one of four basic, quick build cherry vodka drinks in a series. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Cherry Kick Return – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Cherry Vodka

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka

3 ounces Cream Soda

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Build in large rocks glass or highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Cherry Champion

1-1/2 ounce Cherry Vodka

4 ounces Lemon Lime Soda

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Make the Cherry Champion a winner in your book by using a carbonated beverage of your choice such as grapefruit soda {Fresca}, Orange Crush, Dr. Pepper or cola. Champion your drink!

Cherry Screwdriver

1-1/2 ounce Cherry Vodka

4 ounces Orange Juice

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Build in highball over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Cherry Vodka Drinks Stock Photo Availability

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