All of those viral game day beer commercials would have you believe that the annual football championship is for bro-y beer drinkers and bro-y beer drinkers only. We’re here to tell you that football fans come in all shapes, genders and types of drinkers. For all those who love game day but hate the idea of pounding beer after beer, here are the best cocktails to make for the big game.
7 Game Day Drinks for Beer Haters
Start Sunday bright and early with a big breakfast and spicy Bloody Maria. While you could make any variation of the Bloody you desire—classic, briny, bubbly, and so on—the tequila-based Bloody Maria is particularly great with game day foods like nachos and wings.
Invented by tailgating football fans at the University of Alabama in the 1970s, this low-ABV drink is a great way to keep your game day revelry going long and strong. Sloe gin, Southern Comfort, amaretto and orange juice come together in a super sweet sipper that goes down easy.
If you’re not alone in your cocktail quest, make Long Island Iced Teas for the whole crowd. This recipe scales up the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink drink to punch proportions, so you can have it ready to go when your guests arrive and available for top-offs all night long.
All Clear Spirits
Your team just made a touchdown—woo! Your box had the final numbers of the quarter—woo! Someone brought out the buffalo wings—woo! Whatever your reason to woo, do it with this sweet vodka, cranberry and peach schnapps cocktail.
The halftime show is a flashy, over-the-top spectacle, and your halftime cocktail should be nothing less. While it may not be the classiest cocktail of all time, the neon-green Melon Ball (topped with actual melon balls) is the perfect pairing for a tacky, fireworks-packed, pop star explosion.
Fresh squeezed orange juice
Game day can wreak havoc on your diet, so swap out the guac-topped nachos for this creamy avocado cocktail. Light and bright with a healthy pour of Champagne, this cocktail will fill you with satisfaction instead of regret come Monday.
If the game goes into overtime, the caffeine in this coffee-liqueur cocktail will help keep you awake to see the last quarter through. And if your team ends up losing, just keep drinking until this tipple lives up to its name.