tailgating

A Three-Ingredient Tailgating Cocktail? Score!

If you haven’t noticed, we love a good tailgate. But between all the sliders, wings and dip, it’s hard to find a place for a signature cocktail to really shine. Enter: the shandy, a refreshing mixture of beer and citrus that looks way more impressive than a six-pack but will still leave beer enthusiasts pleased. Typically made with lemonade, a shandy is a definite crowd-pleaser that doesn’t require much effort. Our Grapefruit Shandy is a twist on the classic that your friends probably haven’t had before. The best part? All you need are three ingredients!

 

 

Ingredients

3 12 ounce bottles Hefeweizen beer, chilled

3 12 ounce bottles grapefruit soda, such as Izze, chilled

1 grapefruit, sliced

 

Directions

In a pitcher, mix beer and soda. Divide among cups and garnish with grapefruit slices. Makes 6.

 

 

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It’s Tailgating Time!

Ah, football season. The time to bring out the face paint, team cheers, pom poms and, most importantly, delicious tailgating food and drinks! The idea of an on-site tailgate can seem a little overwhelming, but an at-home tailgating party can be simple, delicious and so much better than the actual game. So choose your own adventure: whether you want to cheer for a specific team, showcase the flavors of fall or have an all-out Mexican tailgating fiesta, we’ve got plenty of recipes to keep your fans full.

 

For a Fall-Flavored Tailgate

Start your guests off with Pumpkin Quesadillas and beer, to get them ready for fall flavors. Then, really win them over with homemade Baked Veggie Chips and Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip. Finally, when the weather’s still pleasant, fire up the grill for Chicken Wings with Jala-Peach Sauce

 
 

To Cheer on the Home Team

Fan of the Miami Dolphins? Rep the green and orange with Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Or maybe you like the Kansas City Chiefs? Show your red and white pride through Pizza Sliders. If you like one of the many teams with blue in their jerseys, try our Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip or Sweet & Spicy Double-Blueberry Salsa. If you just want to promote good sportsmanship, you can never go wrong with our Pimiento Cheese Football Sandwiches (pictured above).

 
 

Throw a Mexican Tailgate Fiesta!

You can’t go wrong with a big plate of Bean Dip Nachos. Spice things up with a Jalapeno Margarita, or give your guests an excuse to start the festivities early with these Steak ‘n’ Egg Quesadillas.

 

Happy football season!

 
 
 

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Thirsty for Some Shandy?

Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! As the week winds down, we’re sure you’re thinking about happy hour, evening plans and watching football. What goes well with all three? A old crisp and refreshing shandy. While you can buy bottles of this beer concoction, it’s way more fun (and cost-efficient) to make your own. What exactly is a shandy? It’s a beer mixed with a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or apple juice.

 

 

Our recipe calls for 1 part lager (we used Corona) and 1 part either carbonated lemonade or ginger ale. Serve immediately and you’ve got a slightly sweet, extra fizzy and 100% delicious sipper to start your night (or day) off right.

 

What’s your favorite Shandy combo? Tell us below in the comments!

 

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Technique Tuesday: Throw the Ultimate Tailgate

You know it’s football season when the foam noodles get traded for foam fingers, and sunblock is traded for face paint. Here at Every Day with Rachael Ray, we may not all agree on what team will make it to the Super Bowl, but we do agree on one thing: Come Sunday, tailgating is a must. We’ve gathered the best recipes, cooking and hosting ideas and clean up tips to make your tailgate the best in the parking lot.

 

 

1. Get Your Grill On

Let’s face it, you can’t host a proper tailgate without some grilled goodies. But getting an entire grill over to the stadium may seem like a hassle. In order to ease your grill troubles, pick up one of these affordable, yet sturdy portable grills for your next tailgate.

 

2. Cater to the Crowd

While you’re cooking in a parking lot is not the time to experiment with crazy ingredients or time-consuming recipes. Make 2 to 3 crowd-pleasing finger foods (items that require just one hand!) or items you can eat with a spoon. Don’t forget dessert and drinks! Here are some of our faves:

Bacon Cheese Sliders

Baked Beans with Burnt Ends

 

Cuban Grilled Corn

Fried Chocolate Pudding Hand Pies

Beer Margaritas

3. Be the Host(ess) with the Most(est)

Tailgating can start pretty early in the a.m., so make sure you bring activities to keep people awake and energetic. As a true ode to fall sports, we love this Striped Corn Hole set. You can even get it custom made with your team’s colors!

4. Make Clean-Up a Breeze

Don’t spend the entire tailgate (or game) worrying about the clean-up. Bring plenty of garbage bags, hand sanitizer and cooking utensils that can be easily stored until they make it home. This five-piece barbeque set comes with a carrying case, so you won’t have to worry about stains.

At the end of the day, it’s about being with friends and family and enjoying the big game. Everything else will fall into place!

 

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Tailgate Tour Time!

It’s that time of year again! The Tailgating Tour has hit the road. Stop by our tent in the cities listed below to for a game-day experience like you’ve never had!

 

 

TAILGATE TOUR DATES

Week 1: Atlanta on August 31st

Week 2: OKC on September 7th

Week 3: Austin on September 14th

Week 4: Notre Dame on September 21st

Week 5: Arkansas on September 28th

Week 6: South Carolina on October 5th

Week 7: Kentucky on October 12th

Week 8: Clemson on October 19th

Week 9: Ohio on October 26th

Week 10: Jacksonville on November 2nd

Week 11: Michigan on November 9th

Week 12: Auburn on November 16th

Week 13: LSU on November 23rd

Week 14: Gainesville on November 30th

Learn more about The Tailgate Tour here.