Boozy Food & Tailgate Cocktails for Fall

With football season among us, we wanted to make sure your tailgate is prepped to impress no matter which team you cheer for. Below is a couple of recipes you can easily whip at home or at the tent.

Be the ‘king’ of the tailgate with savory Crown Wings or get your hands dirty with Adam Perry Lang’s George Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce. Just be sure to accompany with one of the perfect for football cocktails – The Team Captain, Chili Manhattan or Crown Royal Sour.

See below for the recipes and why they’re great for your tailgate!

What it is: Crown Wings

What’s in it:

.3 cup Crown Royal Canadian Whisky®
.3 cup Honey, SueBee®
.25 cup Soy sauce, Kikkoman®
2 Tablespoons Thai chili sauce
1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning, Sun Bird®
2 teaspoons crushed garlic, Gourmet Garden®
4 pounds chicken wing drumettes
3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)
.25 cup chopped peanuts, Planters® (optional)

How it works: In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).

Why it’s great for football season: With an incredible sauce made from Crown Royal Canadian whisky, these wings are a feast fit for kings and queens. Take a drumstick in each hand and declare your team champions – you’ve earned it.



What is it: Adam Perry Lang’s George Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce

What’s in it:

1 cup of Honey
1 cup of White Vinegar
1 cup of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12
3 cups of Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce

How it works: In a low pan, add honey, white vinegar and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12 over medium heat.
Cook mixture until you hear a frying sound and alcohol is cooked off.
Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
Place back on fire and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Why it’s great for football season: Add flavor to that pigskin and your tailgate guests are sure to shout “it’s good!”


What is it: The Team Captain

What’s in it:

1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced Rum
1.5 oz. Orange Juice
0.5 oz. Sour Mix
3 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
Lime Garnish

How it works: Combine ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice, garnish and stir.

Why it’s great for football season: Every team needs a captain, just like every tailgate needs a cocktail. The spiced rum and fruit flavors create a blend so sweet, you’ll know it’s “the real MVP.”


What is it: Chili Manhattan
Recipe courtesy of Butch Friedman and Kleila Dula at Passion8

What’s in it:

1 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
. 5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters
.5 oz. Chili Cinnamon Syrup

Why it’s great for football season: We know that a little chilly weather doesn’t stop you from cheering on the home team. The cold never bothered you anyway, so keep warm with the Chili Manhattan.


What is it: Crown Royal Sour

What’s in it:

1.5 oz Crown Royal Deluxe
.5 oz Lemon juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup
Garnish with lemon wedge

Why it’s great for football season: In sports, every second counts and sometimes things go sour – blame it on the refs, missing your game day ritual, the wind. We won’t judge. One thing that never disappoints, is the Crown Royal Sour.




– Nicole Chabot
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