To earn the title of great game day host, you must provide your guest with just four things: wings, chips, dips and drinks. But to earn the title of greatest game day host, go beyond the basic beer and pair your spread of salty, greasy fare with thirst-quenching cocktails. Here, the best cocktails to serve on game day.
9 Best Game Day Drinks
It doesn’t matter what sport you’re watching—game day means beer. Even if you prefer a Bronx, you can’t deny the call of an ice cold brewski. Don’t settle for a six-pack of bland light beer. Instead, serve up some Micheladas, the spicy, savory beer-tail from south of the border.
If you want the feel of a sports bar without decking your living room out in neon signs and installing old-beer-scented Glade plug-ins, serve your friends a round of Boilermakers. Each drinker can imbibe as he or she sees fit—dropping in the shot or sipping it on the side—bringing rival fans together over a foamy glass.
If nachos are making an appearance at your party, then you better make room for Margaritas as well. Stir up a big pitcherful for ready-to-pour Margaritas on the rocks, or whirr up a blenderful of frozen Margaritas. Even the most staunch beer drinkers will be tempted.
The Mint Julep may be the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but the refreshing minty concoction is fit for any summer sporting event. Bonus: Served in a frosty silver vessel, this bourbon-based classic resembles a championship cup. You’ll be a winner even if your team is ranked last.
Don’t miss a critical play mixing drinks in the other room. Batch up a big bowl of punch before the game to keep the drinks flowing and your attention on the game. No matter what the sport of choice in your household—football, basketball, unicycle hockey—everyone can agree on this all-American classic, a favorite of one George Washington.
Another great pre-batched cocktail, this cozy, boozy, warming cider can be made long before the party starts. It’s perfect for a chilly wintertime game like football or hockey. Hold your mug tight and snuggle up while you watch the players shiver in their gear.
When game time and brunch time coincide, there’s nothing better than a Bloody Maria. The extra-spicy, tequila-based take on a Bloody Mary is delicious fodder for a day drinking marathon. To make it extra game day-appropriate, garnish it with everything from cheese sticks to shrimp to candied bacon.
The Jell-O Shot is never more at home than at a game day party. Make a big batch with Jell-O colors that correspond with the team colors and slurp down some sporty spirit. Or, for some serious wow factor, make a big bowl of Jell-O shot fruit salad or tiki-inspired jigglers.
When overtime goes on into the wee hours of the night, and extra innings reach the high double digits, it’s time to break out the caffeine. While any number of coffee cocktails will keep you peppy and shouting at the screen long into the night, the classic Irish Coffee is the undefeated champ.