Whether you’re chilling at home watching a game on the television, cheering from the stands, or hanging out at a happening tailgate, something refreshing to drink is always appreciated. Since Ice Gladiators is about hockey, the Water Moccasin fans undoubtedly would be tailgating—at least, in my world. So, that leads me to today’s post. What would they be drinking (other than beer)? Here are a few cocktail recipes you may want to kick back and enjoy. Be sure to let me know below if you’ve tried any one of these and which one is your favorite. Also, what is your favorite game-day cocktail? Sound off below.
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The first drink tends to be a fan favorite because of its sweet taste. It goes down smooth. Even if a game isn’t on, this is a nice drink to lounge around the pool. But on game day, it gets the party started. But be careful. Too much of this can sneak up on you.
Fruity Hockey Cocktail
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz pear brandy (St. George and Clear Creek Pear Eau De Vie are good selections to consider)
- ¾ oz cinnamon syrup (DaVinci or Monin for consideration)
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1½ oz wild turkey
- 1 tsp fernet (consider Fernet-Branca)
- Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into short tumbler with pebbled or crushed ice
- Sprinkle with grated cinnamon as a garnish.
The next drink is a fun drink to make and may impress your friends, especially with an embellished tumbler and lots of wrist action. If perfected, consumers may not even care if their team wins. (Nah, that’s not likely to happen. But it certainly may make losing easier to take.)
Hockey Kick Cocktail
- ¼ oz lime juice
- ¼ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz Select Aperitivo
- ½ oz honey syrup
- 3 raspberries (muddled)
- 2 oz tequila
- 3 mint leaves
- On a smooth, hard surface, roll raspberries beneath the palm of hand to release the juices inside the skin. Be careful not to squish or mash.
- Set a 10 oz – 14 oz pint glass, on a flat, firm surface. (NOTE: The tumbler needs to have a thick-wall glass to avoid chipping.)
- Place raspberries, mint, and honey syrup in the glass.
- With a muddling tool, press down on the ingredients and twist a quarter of a turn. Repeat until all the juice is out of the berry. However, be sure not to overmuddle. (NOTE: Use a muddling tool that is 8 in – 10 in long, with a wood tip, and no lacquer.)
- Add the rest of the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake thoroughly.
- Chill for 10 minutes and strain into a glass.
- Garnish with a mint sprig, raspberries, a maraschino cherry, and pebble or crushed ice
I do not remember who introduced me to this next drink, but it has been in my list of tailgating go-tos for years. It takes a little more effort than most cocktails I make as well as specific in the liquors used. However, it is worth it.
- ¼ oz lime juice
- ¼ oz honey syrup
- ½ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz strawberry syrup
- ½ oz vermouth
- 1 oz Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
- 1 oz Paul Beau V.S. Cognac
- Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake until vigorously until chilled and diluted.
- Double strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a slice of lime and strawberry on the rim of the glass.
Someone told me this next drink has to do with a certain team in…well, I’m not even going to go there, as most people know where my allegiance lie in sports and these would be the sworn enemy. All joking aside (although, I was only half joking), I have heard this drink called by several names. If one walks in a bar and asks for it, the bartender is likely to serve something close to the following recipes. So, I’m going to go with it for a name.
- 1 oz Southern Comfort
- 1 oz sloe gin
- 1 oz amaretto
- 2 oz orange juice
- 1 orange wheel
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Mix all ingredients in a shaker and then fill with ice. Shake thoroughly.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with orange wheel and maraschino cherry.
This is an oldie but a goody. Who doesn’t love chocolate or martinis? Plus, as an added bonus, it’s simple to make.
- ½ oz vanilla vodka
- ½ oz crème de cacao liqueur
- ½ oz Irish cream
- 1¼ oz milk
- 1¼ oz half and half
- 2 oz chocolate liqueur
- 1 cup ice
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour all ingredients in the shaker and mix well. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.
There are times when your favorite team is behind (or not in the game at all) and there seems to be nothing to cheer about. Well, this next drink is definitely worth cheering. It’s an awesome alternative when the game has gone to pot.
Get Back in the Game
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tbs lime juice
- 3 tbs pineapple juice
- 1 oz grenadine
- 1 oz amaretto
- 2 cups orange juice
- 3 cups tonic water
- 8 oz tequila
- Lime zest (garnishing)
- Pour lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, amaretto, tequila, and tonic water into a large pitcher.
- Tilt pitcher and pour grenadine down the side.
- Pour into glasses filled with ice.
- Garnish with lime zest.
This next cocktail I made and fell in love with instantly. For one thing, I adore blue drinks. It does not matter what it is. If it’s blue, I want it. Now, I’m not always happy with the taste once I get it. I once had a bubblegum flavored snow cone. That was disgusting. But again, I saw the color and had to have it. It is dazzling in the glass. Be sure that if you make this to have your camera ready. It is definitely a drink that you want to post on social media.
Electric Ice Tea Cocktail
- ½ oz vodka
- ½ oz light rum
- ½ oz tequila
- ½ oz gin
- ½ oz blue curacao
- 1 oz sour mix
- 1 oz lemon-lime soda
- Build the vodka, light rum tequila, gin, blue curacao, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda in that order a Collins glass.
- Add ice.
- Stir well.
(NOTE: This cocktail comes from Collen Graham at The Spruce Eats. Visit that website at www.thespruceeats.com for this and other great recipes.)
Now, here’s the best part of the post—the part where I ask for readers’ opinions. What are some of your favorite gameday cocktails? (Does not have to be an alcoholic beverage.) Or do you prefer beer to cocktails? Feel free to share your favorite cocktail recipes below. And if you try or have tried one of these, please share your experience. Remember to please drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
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