8 Easy Ideas for An At-Home Tailgate Party

8 Easy Ideas for An At-Home Tailgate Party

There is very little doubt that this year, tailgating is going to look a little different. Therefore, many sports fans may choose to tailgate from home with the social distancing restrictions in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While you may not be gathering in groups in public, it is still possible to throw a fantastic tailgating party at home because the football season is all about bonding with friends and enjoying the thrill of the game amidst the beautiful fall weather.

So don’t just settle for any old tailgating menu. With the proper planning and preparation, you can whip up a delicious spread of tailgating dishes. Whether you use a slow cooker, or a grill set up, you have plenty of options to spice up the game day.

Here are some easy and awesome tailgate ideas for food and drinks:

1. Habanero Tequila Sunrise

Create the perfect feast with a sporty drink with a layered twist. Pour orange juice into a cup along with gold or silver tequila. Add 3 to 5 drops of Red Sauce Habanero Pepper and mix gently. Let grenadine slowly spill over a spoon. Be gentle while making this Louisville Cardinals-inspired cocktail, so the colors don’t blend.

Retain the richness of the hues by choosing light-colored drinks from our collection, such as Hornitos Reposado Tequila. It has a distinct smoky flavor, complementing the sunrise look of the drink. Don’t let the preparations interfere with your pre-game tailgate rituals – make a batch of tequila the night before or order it online.

2. Dill Scallion Dip and Chips

The most incredible tailgate food ideas are also the easiest to make and let you gulp down your favorite hot eats in an instant. So, here we have a simply superb party dip recipe that you can put together in no time for your at home tailgate party.

Take 1 cup sour cream, 1 tbsp. lemon zest, ½ cup sliced scallions, ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 tsp. salt, pepper, and ginger. Stir together all the ingredients or pulse in a food processor and serve it in a dish with extra fresh dill garnishing on top. This dip is one of the tailgate foods that pair well with chips, crackers, nachos, or salad.

3. Grapefruit Beergarita

One indispensable thing at all epic tailgating parties is beer. We have an exciting combination of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice in a fantastic culinary mash-up, although store-bought would do just fine, and you guessed it – beer. Don’t forget the margarita mix!

Or, make it yourself with tequila and lime juice. From Bud Light to Heineken Lager, use any beer to make this refreshing sipper. Mix it straight-up in a pitcher or pour it into mason jars the night before. Twist the lids and voila! You got yourself an impressive cocktail to serve at the tailgate game.

4. Blood Orange Spritzer

Beer and sports are an eternal combo to help you keep up with the rush of the game. In addition, you may want to sip creative, tangy cocktails for your football-watching shindig that work with all tailgating food items.

Stir together vodka, blood orange juice, sparkling soda, simple syrup, and orange bitters. Fill it in a short glass filled with ice and top it with seltzer and sea salt for your at home tailgate party.

5. Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers

Make your tailgate party plans a breeze with bite-sized, scrumptious foods with chicken. Grab your favorite jersey and dig into these tasty nuggets that are equally easy to make. But instead of deep-frying, you are going to use the oven for baking crispy chicken fingers.

Marinate the chicken in a blend of buttermilk (2 cups), 1 tbsp. hot-pepper sauce, 1 tsp. salt, pepper (as spicy as you want), and garlic in a bowl. Put in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Coat the chicken with bread crumbs, put it into a shallow baking dish. Toss in some melted butter (6 tbsp.) and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, until the pieces turn golden and crisp.

6. The Dirty Flower

The light-sweetness of wheat beer and gin nicely complements the citrusy and lime flavors of the elderflower martini. Make your mix by choosing St. Germaine elderflower liqueur and a dash of lemon juice. Craft beer like American Wheat is perfect for this tailgate party blend.

You need freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, granulated sugar, and orange bitters to add to the above concoction. Add everything to a pitcher, refrigerate until chilled, stir, and garnish with grapefruit slices.

7. Deviled Egg Footballs

Get these fun tailgating appetizers in simple steps here:

  • Make hard boil eggs (12)
  • Peel the shell carefully
  • Cut eggs lengthwise into halves
  • Remove the yolk

Mix ranch dressing to the yolks, along with salt to taste, 1/4 tsp. pepper, spices, ½ cup mayonnaise and 1/8 tsp. vinegar and mash properly. Add paprika for more heat.

Cut up some chives or spring onion. Disperse heaps of the mixture into each egg. Next, layer the chives across the width to look like the lacings on football.

Or, add bacon bits onto the top of the filling. Put some mayo in a zip-lock bag and squeeze to make deviled egg footballs. Amaze your friends and guests with your quirky tastes and fun finger tailgate foods.

8. Lambic Sangría

Turn the classic sangría into an effervescent blend of fruity, tart flavors using Belgian Lambic ales. Although sangría is famous as a refreshing summertime punch, get a fresh take with raspberry and orange-laced imported beer cocktail.

It is a big batch drink ideal for any at home tailgate with a side of tailgate grilling recipes like Hawaiian Chicken, Planked Wings, or even crispy chicken fingers.

Choose a nice rye whiskey and a strong beer like Samuel Adams Octoberfest or Michelob Ultra superior light beer. Whip up your batch of Lambic sangría with peaches, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries.

Tailgating Ideas for the Perfect Football Season at Home

Make the most of your at home tailgate with these fantastic, doable ideas. Whether you have a favorite team or just hosting for those rooting for the game day, you will be the new favorite in their grub world.

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