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.

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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Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Blood Money was created specifically for Shellback Rum using seasonings of ginger and basil. photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Blood Money was created specifically for Shellback Rum using seasonings of ginger and basil. photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

A Bloody Mary Bar full of options is a great choice for game day. The Bloody Mary is almost as much meal as it is liquid fulfillment. This makes it an excellent choice to include in early morning tailgate parties. Let’s face it, the name of the game when it comes to tailgating is keep the football drinks flowing and have plenty of munchies. The Bloody Mary Bar checks both items off your list at the same time.

The Bloody Mary Bar should include everything guests will need to build their own custom made Bloody Mary drink. This way guests serve themselves so everyone enjoys the game.

Bloody Mary Bar Necessities

Twisted Sister Bloody Mary made with Campari, Bourbon and Gin. Garnished with asparagus spears. Includes seasonings of wasabi and ginger. An ideal masterpiece for the Bloody Mary Bar. - photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Twisted Sister Bloody Mary made with Campari, Bourbon and Gin. Garnished with asparagus spears. Includes seasonings of wasabi and ginger. An ideal masterpiece for the Bloody Mary Bar. – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

  • Printed card with basic Bloody Mary recipe measurements and instructions
  • Glassware or plastic cups
  • Cut lemons and limes, salt filled dish for rimming glasses if desired
  • Ice. Extra ice. More ice to spare. Never run out of ice!
  • Base spirits such as vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, sake and even beer
  • Tomato juice, Clamato Juice, and/or Bloody Mary Mixer of choice
  • Spoons, stir sticks or straws for stirring drinks
  • Measuring cup for measuring liquids

Bloody Mary Garnish Bar

Bloody Mary Bar - Barefoot BBQ Bloody Mary created for Barefoot Wine and Bubbly by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Bloody Mary Bar – Barefoot BBQ Bloody Mary created for Barefoot Wine and Bubbly by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

This is where the true fun begins. Everyone has their own signature twist, secret ingredient, special Bloody Mary addition. Give them the works in the garnish station.

Seasonings: Horseradish, Tabasco, Garlic, Dill, Worcestershire Sauce, Steak Sauce, Vinegar, Salt, Pepper, Celery Salt. Habanero Sauce, Beef Bouillon, Garlic Pepper, Old Bay Seasoning or Creole Seasoning, Ginger, Classic Bitters,…the sky is the limit!

Garnishes: Celery stalks, asparagus spears, pickled cucumbers or pickles, bell pepper strips, pepperoncini, carrot sticks, speared grape or cherry tomatoes, pearl onions, garlic or jalepeno stuffed green olives, mozzarella balls, cocktail shrimp, bacon, beef jerky, fresh raw oysters, fresh basil, lemon, lime, chili pepper, green onion, sliced radish,…the list could go on and on.

Basic Bloody Mary for Recipe Card

Basic Bloody Mary

1-1/2 ounce Base Spirit of Choice – usually Vodka

4 to 6 ounces Tomato Juice or Clamato Juice

2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

1 to 2 dashes Tabasco or Hot Sauce of choice

Squeeze of Lime

Dash Celery Salt

Dash Pepper

Salted Rim

Rim glass with lime. Dip into salt. Fill glass with ice. Season ice with lime juice, celery salt, pepper and sauces. Add spirit of choice. Top with tomato or clamato juice. Stir. Garnish as desired.

Easy Bloody Mary Bar Mix

Speakeasy Bloody Mary using homemade Basic Bloody Mary Mix for Bloody Mary Bar use. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Speakeasy Bloody Mary using homemade Basic Bloody Mary Mix for Bloody Mary Bar use. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I like to start with a homemade Basic Bloody Mary Mix. It is easy to make ahead of time. All guests have to do is pour when ready to make a drink. The recipe I have used the last year or so is adapted from Speakeasy written by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only. The original recipe calls for a little less tomato juice, less capers, plain olive brine, more pepper and horseradish.

Basic Bloody Mary Mix

46 ounce bottle Tomato Juice

1 tablespoon Whole Capers – crushed

3 ounces Worcestershire Sauce

1 ounce Garlic or Jalepeno Olive Brine

1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt

3/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

Combine all ingredients in large pitcher. Stir until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to mingle. Stir before using. Will keep several days if kept refrigerated.

Tasting Bourbon Bloody Mary

Kick back. Relax. Enjoy the company of friends. Watch some football. By the way, the Bloody Mary Bar is perfect for Sunday Brunch too! Cheers!

The build of the individual basic Bloody Mary varies just a little from Speakeasy here as well. Speakeasy uses 2 ounces vodka, 5 ounces mix with 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice. I prefer Bourbon in my Bloody Mary. In this recipe I usually use Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Since Bourbon leans a little heavier on proof than vodka, I dial down the measurement a little. I also don’t care for such a large Bloody Mary, so my version is a wee bit smaller. Adjust according to your preference!

Basic Bloody Mary

1-1/2 ounce Bourbon – or base spirit of choice

3 ounces Basic Bloody Mary Mix – as shown above

Celery Stalk Garnish

Build in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with celery stalk

When I am feeling ridiculously ambitious I break out the fresh mozzarella balls, sliced pepperoni, grape tomatoes and just about anything else I can put on a garnishing stick.

Bloody Mary with Brunch Style Cocktail Garnish

Bloody Mary with Brunch Style Cocktail Garnish

Kick back. Relax. Enjoy the company of friends. Watch some football. By the way, the Bloody Mary Bar is perfect for Sunday Brunch too! Cheers!

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Ginger Beer Recipes

Ginger Beer tops off mixed drinks with a zesty ginger kick. Ginger beer delivers an invigorating bubbly thrill to the taste buds. If you are looking for a change from the run of the mill tonic and soda for your vodka and gin based drinks, give ginger beer a whirl. Regatta Ginger Beer could the spiced bubbly for you. 

Regatta Ginger Beer boasts a ginger “bite” without the “ginger burn” often found in other more peppery Jamaican ginger beers. The secondary layering of fruit notes in the Regatta Ginger Beer brings depth of character to rum and whiskey based cocktails. Hints of citrus, apple and banana add spark and energy to a drink to bring it to a new level of flavor.

Regatta Ginger Beer Drink Recipes

Moscow Mule with Vodka and Ginger Beer served in a traditional copper mug at Liv Lounge birthday event in Omaha, Nebraska. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Moscow Mule with Vodka and Ginger Beer served in a traditional copper mug at Liv Lounge birthday event in Omaha, Nebraska. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Regatta Moscow Mule

6 ounces Regatta Ginger Beer

2 ounces Vodka

Lime Wedge – Squeezed

Place ice in copper mug or highball glass. Add vodka. Top with Regatta Ginger Beer. Squeeze lime wedge over top and drop into drink. Stir briefly.

Regatta Bermuda Classic

4 ounces Regatta Ginger Beer

1-1/2 ounce Rum

Build in highball glass over fresh ice.

Chilled Ginger Beer and your favorite chilled beer or lager are used in equal parts to created a "Shandy". The Shandy makes an excellent tailgate drink; refreshing and goes the distance. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chilled Ginger Beer and your favorite chilled beer or lager are used in equal parts to created a “Shandy”. The Shandy makes an excellent tailgate drink; refreshing and goes the distance. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Regatta Shandy

6 ounces Regatta Ginger Beer – chilled

6 ounces Favorite Lager – chilled

Pour chilled ginger beer and chilled lager in chilled pint glass. Stir gently.

About Ginger Beer

What exactly is ginger beer? Ginger beer is more carbonated than its ginger ale counterpart. It contains deeper ginger spice than ginger ale and is usually non-alcoholic. Some ginger beer is brewed as an alcoholic beverage with alcohol content exceeding 9%. Ginger beer containing alcohol is labeled appropriately. Non-alcoholic ginger beer is not brewed with fermentation process. It is carbonated with pressurized carbon dioxide like popular soft drinks. Some use ginger beer and ginger ale for medicinal purposes, but its primary production use in the United States is that of a soft drink.

Ginger beer can be consumed straight from the bottle or served over ice. Many like to use it in mixed drinks in the same way club soda, tonic water or colas are used. Ginger beer is a traditional mixer in the Dark & Stormy and Moscow Mule {served in a copper cup}.

Football helmet - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist of intoxicologist.net

Football helmet – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist of intoxicologist.net

Ginger beer is an excellent tailgate party tag along mixer. It is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink alternative and gives many drinks an exciting flavor twist. Ginger beer can boost the flavor of an ordinary margarita, dazzle a strawberry or raspberry daiquiri or add a little spicy excitement to the tailgate party punch. There really are endless possibilities waiting to bubble forth.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Regatta Ginger Beer.

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