Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? Most of us at kept score of this day for months. But if you’re anything like me, you love a great excuse to drink a cocktail and order wings. Enter: Football. I definitely don’t mind accompanying my friends to a local bar to watch “the game!”

This season, try stepping out of your comfort zone (AKA skip the beer on tap) and make a toast to these football (or team color) themed cocktails!”

  • Alabama Slammer: No one knows who invented the Alabama Slammer, but legend has it that the colorful cocktail was first shaken at the University of Alabama in 1975. The sweet mix of SoCo, sloe gin, amaretto and orange juice is supposedly the signature drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
    Alabama Slammer (Pinterest Photo Credit)

    Alabama Slammer (Pinterest Photo Credit)

  • Appletini: An apple martini consists of vodka and one or more of apple juice, apple cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. Yum!
  • Blue Hawaiian: Not to be confused with the “Blue Hawaii,” the Blue Hawaiian consists of light rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.
  • Boston Cocktail: A combination of gin, apricot brandy, and grenadine that any sports fan will enjoy.
  • Colt 45: If you are a fan of a Vodka Red Bull, you may just find the Colt 45 to be a good alternative. This drink also combines Jagermeister and gin. This unlikely duo does have the effect of turning the Red Bull base into something more aromatic.
  • Georgia Peach: Named after Georgia’s state fruit, the Georgia Peach will sweeten up any football-related event.
  • Gold Mine: This is a great looking and tasting cocktail made up of Scotch, Galliano, sherry, egg, and lemonade.
    Gold Mine Cocktail (Pinterest Photo Credit)

    Gold Mine Cocktail (Pinterest Photo Credit)

  • Hurricane: It’s said that no trip is complete to New Orleans without ordering the classic cocktail: the Hurricane. This sweet alcoholic drink made with rum, fruit juice, and syrup or grenadine is highly popular and one of our favorites.
  • Kansas City Water: Similar to a Gin and Tonic, this drink looks like refreshing ice water but is a gin, vodka combo and lime juice over ice in a highball glass. Fill with 7-Up and serve!
  • Mojito: The national drink of Cuba is a favorite in Little Havana as well as one of the most popular cocktails in Florida and throughout the rest of the states.
  • Longhorn: The burnt orange color of the University of Texas at Austin inspired this recipe with lemon rum, orange rum, vodka, orange vodka, orange soda, ice and oranges.
  • The Raven: Inspired by  Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” this drink is layered with flavor and mystery.

Which game day cocktail do you have your eye on this season?