The air is crisp, the jerseys are on, and the smell of grilled delicacies wafts through the parking lot. Yep, it’s tailgating season! For sports enthusiasts, tailgating is a cherished tradition, an opportunity to gather with friends and family, enjoy delicious food, and, for many, indulge in alcoholic beverages.
However, what if you want to enjoy the festivities without the booze? Don’t sweat it! We’ve got you covered. In this post, we’ll look at how you can weather tailgating season with a well-crafted, alcohol-free game plan full of school spirit (without the spirits).
Master the Mocktails
Who says tailgating has to include alcohol? While we’re obviously a little biased, but there are tons of great options available today. Our virgin paloma, gin & tonic, and mojitos are a great place to start, but you definitely don’t have to stop there! Bring your favorite alma-mater-branded tumbler, pour these puppies over some ice, and throw in fresh citrus and herbs, like fresh mint or basil, to round out the experience. A vibrant, flavorful mocktail not only keeps you refreshed but also becomes a conversation starter among fellow tailgaters.
What’s that? It’s the last quarter of the game and your team’s down by half? Stay chill with a beverage from our infused mocktail line, instead.
Elevate Your Grilling Game
Tailgating is synonymous with grilling, but if you’re not drinking you might want to ditch the bourbon glaze in favor of tastier non-alcoholic marinades and sauces. From tangy barbecue sauces to spicy rubs, your options are limitless. Experiment with different types of meats, vegetables, and even fruits on the grill. Grilled watermelon, anyone? Creating mouthwatering dishes will make you the star of the tailgate party, regardless of your drink choices.
Organize Alcohol-Free Games
Tailgating isn’t complete without games. Organize alcohol-free games that are not only entertaining but also promote friendly competition. Cornhole, giant Jenga, or a football toss are great options. You can also organize trivia quizzes or charades related to your favorite sport. Engaging in these activities not only keeps you entertained but also helps pass the time between bouts of trash-talking the opposing team’s fans.
Connect with Like-Minded Tailgaters
Chances are, you’re not the only one opting for an alcohol-free tailgate. Use social media or local event forums to connect with like-minded tailgaters. Knowing that you’re not alone in your choice can be empowering and help you expand your circle year-round. You can share recipes, game ideas, and even organize joint tailgating events. The camaraderie among non-drinking tailgaters can create a unique and enjoyable atmosphere, making your tailgating experience even more memorable.
Promote Responsible Drinking
Lastly, while you’re enjoying your alcohol-free tailgate, be an ambassador for responsible drinking. Encourage others to drink responsibly and know their limits. Offer non-alcoholic options to friends who might be designated drivers or those who prefer not to drink. By promoting a safe and inclusive tailgating environment, you contribute to a positive atmosphere for everyone.
Tailgating season is about more than just alcohol; it’s about the camaraderie, the food, the games, and the love for the sport. By heading into tailgating season with this alcohol-free game plan, you not only enjoy the festivities to the fullest but also set an example for others. So, gather your friends, don your team colors, and get ready for a season filled with unforgettable moments, delicious food, and spirited fun —all without a drop of alcohol.
Here’s to a safe, fun, and fizzy tailgating season!