Tailgating is tantamount to the game that follows. It’s that time of year where you can legally turn a parking lot into your own luxury pavilion, stocked with cold beer, food barbequed on a mini grill, and quality cocktails.
When we say cocktails, we aren’t talking about a blood orange-infused smoked boulevardier with a Meyer lemon twist. You’re sitting in the back of a car with the trunk open and people are painting their faces blue. This is clearly not the time for a cocktail of that stature.
Tailgating is for simple drinks. It’s for lemonade, two liters of soda, and any spirit you can sip without hesitation. To save you the time of scrolling, we have compiled a list of spirits perfect for your parking lot party.
Minimal Effort Mixables:
Orange Burst Moonshine - Mystic Mountain Distillery
Made with natural orange flavoring, this moonshine won’t give you a sugary aftertaste. Mix it with lemonade, your favorite lemon-lime soda, or anything that goes great with oranges.
Cherry Whiskey - Buck U Distillery
Buck-U’s Cherry Whiskey has a unique profile that starts with a traditional bourbon flavor and ends with a smooth, subtle cherry finish. Mix it, or sip it, this whiskey is flexible and above all, it’s delicious.
Game Day Favorites:
Spiced Rum - Rumson's Rum
Rumson’s Spiced Rum is smooth and sweet with hints of nutmeg, vanilla, and butterscotch. This is the real deal spiced rum. Sip it straight or mix it with whatever you see fit. Mixing your favorite lemon-lime soda with Spiced Rum is a great way to let the vanilla shine through. Truly a match made in heaven, or in this case.
Voltage Vodka - March First Distilling
This vodka was made with the purists in mind. Since it’s distilled with apples, Voltage Vodka is smoother than your average spirit. Plus it’s gluten-free, which is always nice.
Plata - Azteca Azul
Azteca Azul’s clear tequila has an intense aroma of honey, sweet cooked agave, citrus and mint. And I mean, really. What is tailgating without tequila? Exactly.
Making One For The Team:
Fruit Punch - Nightside Distillery
Sweet and simple, no mixers necessary. Just pour yourself a glass of this with some ice and enjoy the fruit punch you’ve always dreamed of, red tongue and all.
Half of the tailgating experience is enjoying what other people have to offer. Everyone likes the guy handing out hot dogs, just imagine how popular the craft whiskey guy would be. Who knows, you might get an extra hot dog out of the deal.
Football is about camaraderie. It’s also about giant men chasing other giant men who are chasing a hunk of pig skin, but we watch those men together. The bleachers become a beautiful sea of blue and orange and everyone cheers, ready to go down with the ship no matter what happens.
It’s not just about the love of the game, it’s about the love of the team and where they come from. No matter where you are, there’s always a team to cheer for and a crowd to cheer with you. You may move away, but that will always be your home team.
Same as when you shop local, supporting the people around you supports the city itself. Craft spirits can help you do exactly that. Since our collection continues to grow, you can buy a bottle from almost every state and all over the world. So make a ritual out of it. If the Giants come to town, maybe buy a bottle from New York and show that vodka who’s boss.