3 reasons to celebrate National Tailgating Day

This coming Saturday isn’t just a regular Saturday. It’s the first Saturday of September, AKA National Tailgating Day! Whoever your team, whatever your menu, make some plans to get out and get rowdy. Take a peek at the following reasons you should be out on the field this weekend.

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  1. It’s your chance to debut your bartending skills.

Tailgates are where the people are and crowds lend an opportunity to show off. We’ll supply the big batch cocktail that’ll keep ‘em coming all day long and you stick to wooing the crowd with your new found mixology skills.

Easy Tailgate Punch

½ of a 12 ounce can (3/4 cup) frozen citrus blend juice concentrate, thawed

½ of a 12 ounce can (3/4 cup) frozen berry blend juice concentrate, thawed

Orange slice halves (optional)

2 liter bottle ginger ale, chilled

1 750 mL Vodka of Choice (we recommend Wyborowa Wodka)

Ice

In a 1/2-gallon insulated jug combine citrus juice concentrate and berry juice concentrate. Cover and chill overnight. If desired, add lemon slices, orange slice halves to juice mixture. Tote juice mixture in the chilled jug. Tote ginger ale and ice cubes in an insulated cooler. At the tailgating site, slowly pour ginger ale down the side of the jug; stir gently. Serve juice mixture at once over ice cubes. Adapted from bhg.com

Find even more punch recipes here.

  1. Food and booze are fun together.

Drinking and eating, and eating and laughing are three of best joys in life. Get out this Saturday                 to do just that at a tailgate, but check these pairing tips first!

For wine, pair a red blend like Bell Amore Midnight Red with the meats and cheeses of a tailgate (you know, cocktail weenies and cheesy jalapeno poppers). The jammy fruit will soften the refreshing acidity and the ending spice will elevate the boldness of game day treats. Pair a zesty, elegant Chardonnay like Arrowwood Chardonnay with hot wings and ranch.

 

Cook with booze for added complexity (and a fancy-shmancy reputation). Try this recipe for slow cooker bourbon cocktail sausages.

 

  1. Easy drinking = more fun

With the advent of screw caps and boxes, “easy-drinking” takes on a whole new meaning. You don’t have to worry about any extra tools to get you and the gang drinking; just pull out the bottle or box and you’re good to go! Try A to Z Pinot Gris ($13), a refreshing white wine that goes well with game-day toasts and comes conveniently capped with a twist-off top. Another option is Owner’s Box Cabernet Sauvignon ($20), a bold red wine that pairs with all your grilled meats, which is great.

 

FYI, Box wines have come a long way since days of old. Check out page 8 of this month’s issue of Wine Journal to see which are the best!

Remember the water and ice… They might be the most important things you bring to the tailgate!

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