Easy Help for Your Tailgating Game This Fall

You’ve scored seats for the game, picked out the perfect outfit and accessories to cheer on your team, now don’t drop the ball when it comes to tailgating. A solid game plan is necessary because we all know, your tailgate spread is almost as important as the final score. We’ve gathered a few tips and recipes to make an invitation to your parking space a hot ticket!

THE FOOD 

We found Reid’s to be a one spot stop for all of the food! Pimento cheese, fried chicken, prepared salads and even football shaped cookies for the sweet tooth.

tailgating reid's pimento cheese
Pimento cheese and crackers

 

tailgating reid's fried chicken
Fried Chicken

 

tailgating Queen City Crunch, Salted Cashews and Salted Pistachios
Queen City Crunch, Salted Cashews and Salted Pistachios

 

tailgating Don't forget something for the sweet tooth!
Don’t forget something for the sweet tooth!

 

THE DRINKS

Cocktails are key to winning best in show at the tailgate. Pack the Yeti with a selection of sparkling LaCroix, bottled water and some local Charlotte craft beers; a few of our personal faves are Triple C Brewing’s Golden Boy, Unknown Brewing’s Pre Game and NoDa Brewing’s Jam Session.

Scoop Pro Tip: Pre-mix your signature cocktails before you go and be sure to put your ice for drinks in a separate ziploc bag to keep separate from cooler ice

Start with bloody marys for kick off times before 1pm

Start with Bloody Marys for kick off times before 1pm. Garnishes are your game changer on this cocktail, consider adding spiced green beans, sweet dill pickles, bacon slices or chilled shrimp to your standard celery and green olive.

tapas 51 cocktail

We love this refreshing Lemongrass Collins from Tapas 51. Muddle three lemon wedges with two pinches of cilantro; add 1oz lemongrass syrup with 1.5 oz of Topo Organic Piedmont Gin. Shake vigorously. When you are ready to serve, top with soda for a little fizz!

panthers punch

Ok, going to share a personal recipe for Panthers Punch. Mix Tito’s Vodka with LaCroix Coconut, add a splash of pineapple juice and enough V-8 Splash Blue Raspberry juice to turn it your favorite shade of Carolina Blue.

 

THE EQUIPMENT 

Make a checklist for this part of the tailgate; cooler, bottle opener, corkscrew, napkins, cups, serveware, a football, chairs, folding table, tent, and some tunes. We shopped Onward Reserve and Swoozie’s for a few suggestions.

ONWARD RESERVE'S Yeti Coolers & Hoppers
ONWARD RESERVE’S Yeti Coolers & Hoppers

 

Otis & Eleanor wireless speakers from Onward Reserve
Otis & Eleanor wireless speakers from Onward Reserve

 

Panthers Punch cups and koozies at Swoozie's
Panthers Punch cups and koozies at Swoozie’s

 

Football napkins and serving trays from Swoozie's
Football napkins and serving trays from Swoozie’s

 

Final piece of advice 

swoozies tailgate koozie
“What happens at the tailgate stays at the tailgate” – koozie from Swoozie’s – photo credit Swoozie’s