Tailgating during football season is almost as American as apple pie and hot dogs.  Tailgate parties set up in parking lots and grassy areas of game day venues have become as popular if not more so as gathering in front of the big screen TV for the big game.  The spirit of tailgating in America has become tradition and has spread to more sporting events than just football.

Beyond tailgating is the good old fashioned way of enjoying the great American sport of football; at home in the presence of friends cheering on your team and calling the referee out for plays they called wrong.  We never get our two cents in where the play calls lead, but we can call the shots where the drink recipes are concerned.  That is where The Intoxicologist gives you the opportunity to decide the best drink recipe for your game of choice whether tailgating or watching the game on the big screen. 

When the game just isn’t going your way it’s Aggravation all the way.


1-1/4 part Scotch

3/4 part Coffee Liqueur

1 part Half & Half

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Someone in the game always displays a fair amount of attitude which in turn gets picked up by someone in the crowd. Pour it, mix it and pass them a little Attitude adjustment.


1 part Vodka

1 part Amaretto

1 part Coconut Rum

1/2 part Cranberry Juice

1/2 part Pineapple Juice

Build in a highball glass over fresh ice.

Maybe it’s carrying a Sharpie pen in a sock or being the player constantly on the edge of retirement…everyone has at least one bad habit.  Most likely someone in the room watching the game with you has one too.  The Bad Habit drink is just the ticket.

Bad Habit

1 part Vodka

1 part Peach Schnapps

Build in a rocks glass over fresh ice.

It doesn’t matter how much you yell and shout at the screen or profess the ‘would of, could of done its’ to your tailgating buds.  The real brave souls are the ones on the field lined up toe to toe on the front line.  So a toast to them; a Brave Bull.

Brave Bull

1-1/4 part Tequila

3/4 part Coffee Liqueur

Lemon Twist Garnish

Build in a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Stir.

The sidelines, the locker room the dirty uniforms…it all boils down to a little Buffalo Sweat in the afternoon.

Buffalo Sweat

1 part Bourbon

1 dash Tabasco Sauce

Place bourbon in a shot glass. Add dash of Tabasco.  Shoot.

A blowout win is sometimes cool, but when the matchup is equal and the game is close things are much more interesting.  It also causes a little tension in the air.  Beware of Contents Under Pressure.

Contents Under Pressure – created by Patsy Edward

1-1/2 parts Vodka

1/2 part Galliano

1/2 part Grand Marnier

1/2 part Spiced Rum

Lemon Twist Garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice or a margarita glass without ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

Can’t take the last nerve-racking minutes of the game when your team just doesn’t look like they will pull through?  Don’t have a nervous breakdown.  Have a Cranium Meltdown instead.

Cranium Meltdown

1/4 part Coconut Rum

1/4 part 151 Rum

1/4 part Raspberry Liqueur

1/4 part Pineapple Juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Strain into a pony glass.

There is always that one play, that singular moment, the seconds that goes down in history. This is the play that goes without a hitch that the booth plays over and over again.  Let’s just hope your team is the one who makes the play.


1-1/2 part Whiskey

1/4 part Club Soda

1/4 part Ginger Ale

Lemon Twist

Build in an old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Eventually winner takes all.


1-1/2 part Gin

1/2 part Sweet Vermouth

1/2 part Brandy

Place ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into martini glass.

No sense in leaving with a long face if your team didn’t quite make the cut this time around. Take it on the chin. There is always next week.

Weep No More

1-1/2 part Dubonnet

1-1/2 part Cognac

Splash Lime Juice

Splash Cherry Liqueur

Place ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

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For the Love of Football
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