How to Throw the Best Tailgate Party: Featuring Cocktails and Grilling

Football fans enjoying a tailgate party

If your first response to being invited out to a tailgate with friends is, "who's cooking?" then you understand how important good food is when it comes to getting ready for a game.


Whether you're getting ready for the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party or planning your grilling and cocktails menu for a game later in the football season, you know just how important it is to make sure that your tailgate party is memorable.


Tailgate parties can be the highlight of the game if they're done right. After all, it's a time when you and your friends get to have great food, drinks, and great company. So, how can you ensure that your tailgate is the best of the best? Keep reading; we've got you covered.

What Makes a Good Tailgate?

A good tailgate is memorable. Tailgates are known for grilling, amazing drinks, and joyous conversation. A tailgate is a time when friends, families, and lovers of football can all get together and just have fun.


Nothing is worse than getting to a tailgate and realizing that you do not have enough food to go around or enough time to enjoy the lovely buzz of a couple of adult beverages before the game starts.

How to Throw the Perfect Tailgate Cocktail Party

There are five main steps that you need to keep in mind when creating your perfect cocktail tailgate party.

Make a Plan

Guys Grilling at a cookout

Step one is to plan what you want to do for this tailgate. Figure out what foods and drinks you want to include in your menu. Determine how many people are going to the game with you and how much food you need. Also, make sure you have planned for the weather.

Get a Good Spot

Make sure to get to the game early and get a nice spot. If you're gonna have the best tailgate, you're gonna need a good spot to park.

Have the Best Food

Meats and veggies cooking on a grill

Let's be honest, what's the point of a tailgate if you aren't getting some delicious food out of it? Tailgates are well known for cooking amazing, mouthwatering grilled hamburgers, sausages, and other foods. But, to ensure that your food is the best around, you need a good blend of spices, a hot grill, and friends and family to enjoy it.


If you're looking for a way to spice up your grilling game, check out this killer cook-out seasoning sampler. This set features an amazing blend for any grilled foods you could ever want — from burgers to kebabs to veggies.

And, Of Course, the Refreshments!

If you're looking for some fun drink ideas for your tailgate, we're here for you!


If you're not prepared to make cocktails, you can check out this amazing 5-spice cocktail seasoning sampler with everything you need to create a killer menu! Here are a few drinks you can make using the seasonings included in this set.

Triple Dog Dare Bloody Mary Mix, Happy Hamlet Vegan Bacon Sale, and a Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

If you're looking for a nice refreshing drink to include in your tailgate cocktail menu, a Bloody Mary is the way to go. This cocktail is easy to make and is perfect for hosting! All you need is vodka, tomato juice, and your favorite flavorings (such as Worcestershire sauce, celery, horseradish, garlic, spices, pickled vegetables, and lemon juice)


You can spruce yours up with the Triple Dog Dare Bloody Mary seasoning and Happy Hamlet bacon salt around the rim for a fun change.



If you're a fan of Kahluas, you'll love how easy it is to make your own. To make a Kahlua, all you need is some rum, sugar (you can use the maple cinnamon spice for a delicious autumnal take on this classic), and coffee. Making this drink is so easy, and you can even make a warming Kahlua mocha or hot chocolate if you're looking to make a warm drink in the later months of the football season.


White Russian Cocktail on a picnic table

White Russian

If you are more of a White Russian person rather than a Kahlua person, you'll be happy to know that it is just as easy to make. All you need for these drinks is vodka, a coffee liquor of your choice, and cream. You can also spice these up with a touch of the maple cinnamon spice mix for an added hint of flavor.

Spicy Margarita and Nachos

Spicy Margarita

Who here loves a good margarita? Margaritas are some of the best cocktail drinks for tailgates because, like Bloody Marys, they are easy to make and easy to make for crowds. To make a spicy margarita, you need tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and some spice, of course, some spice! With the habanero lime spice mix, you can also add a delicious spice to your salt rim.


Sriracha Mezcal

Sriracha Mezcal

Maybe you're more of a Mezcal type — or you've got family and friends who love these drinks. You can make a spicy take by using sriracha, lemon-flavored sparkling soda, and coarse sea salt to coat the rim of your glass. If you want to take your drink up to the next level and add another spicy kick of sriracha, you can use the amazing sriracha sea salt.

Oh, and Don't Forget the Extras

You can't eat or drink anything without the right utensils. So make sure to bring plates, cups, and any utensils you may need. If you're bringing all the food and cocktail ingredients, you may want to see if you can get some of your friends or family members who are going to the game to bring the utensils.

Friends Enjoying food and drinks at a cookout


If you're getting ready for the Florida-Georgia Tailgate, you need to be prepared for a great time and a lot of amazing tailgates. If you want to make your group stand out from the crowd, there is no better way than to use delicious-smelling seasoning mixes for your cooking and your cocktails.


Whether you're looking to draw the interest of tailgaters near you by the mouthwatering smell of your delicious burgers or brats or your beautiful, fragrant cocktails, FreshJax's seasoning blends will do the trick. For cocktails, check out the 5-piece cocktail seasoning set, and for grilling, check out the 5-piece cook-out seasonings set.


And to execute on offense and defense....


 Tailgate Gift Set - 10 Sampler Sized Seasonings


Get Inspired!

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Harissa Spices on a cutting board

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