FL-GA Complete Guide: The Cocktails

Gatorade Margarita

A Florida-Georgia weekend wouldn’t be complete without a cocktail (or two). After all, it has been known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Below are some recipes for some basic and more advanced cocktail recipes for your weekend.

Coastal Living Sept 2018 Boatgating Cucumber- Jalapeno Gin Cooler, Grapefruit- Rosemary Mimosa
Photographer Jennifer Causey, Prop Stylist Lindsey Lower, Food Stylist Torie Cox

Grapefruit-Rosemary Mimosas


  • 3 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 2 dashes of peach bitters
  • 6 tablespoons (3 oz.) chilled dry sparkling wine or Champagne
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Grapefruit wedge

Steps to Make

Combine grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and bitters in a Champagne glass, and stir gently. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with rosemary sprig and grapefruit wedge and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Coastal Living.

Gatorade Margarita

Gatorade Margarita

Everyone knows how Gatorade was invented at the University of Florida and named after the mascot. This twist on a margarita celebrates both traditions—the invention of Gatorade and Florida football. Toast to a Gator victory with this cheeky (and surprisingly delicious) cocktail.


  • 1/4 cup blue sanding sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • One 20-ounce bottle blue sports drink, such as Cool Blue Gatorade ®, chilled
  • 1 cup thawed frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1/3 cup blue curacao
  • Fresh orange slices, for serving

Steps to Make

  • Step 1 – Mix the sugar and salt in a shallow dish. Wet the rims of 4 to 6 rocks glasses with water and then dip in the sugar-salt mixture to coat.
  • Step 2 – Combine the sports drink, limeade concentrate, tequila, and blue curacao in a large pitcher and stir. Fill the rocks glasses with ice, pour the margarita over and garnish each with an orange slice.

Recipe Courtesy of Food Network.


The Bloody Marybloody mary

It was at a Florida-Georgia weekend that I grew to love one of my favorite cocktails—the Bloody Mary. They sold them then in big plastic game day cups and were delicious. It is now a family tradition to have them must game days and holidays, often with a bushel of oysters or mussels.


This recipe makes a pitcher of Bloody Mary mix. Set this out along with the vodka and mini garnish bar so your tailgaters can make their own cocktails.

  • 1 large jar of tomato-vegetable juice (about 64 oz.)
  • 3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Celery salt
  • 2 Tbs. Hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • 4 Tbs. sesame seeds (my in-laws secret ingredient)
  • 2 Tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tsp. salt
  • Lemon and/or lime juice from two lemons or limes
  • 2 Tbs. prepared horseradish (optional)
  • Vodka


This is the fun part! You can stay basic as a celery stalk, lime and skewer of olives. OR, you can get creative by adding any or all of the following:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Celery
  • Cucumber slices
  • Kosher pickle spears
  • Pimento or cheese stuffed green olives
  • Pickled beans and asparagus
  • Pickled okra
  • Pickled beets, cauliflower or carrots
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Pepperocinis, peppadews or other peppers
  • Large caper berries
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Marinated pearl onions
  • Baby corn
  • Bacon
  • Oysters
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Beef jerky or pepperoni sticks
  • Steak Bits
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cheese squares

If you like it spicy, you can more hot sauce, or add red pepper flakes or horseradish.

To prepare the mix:

Mix together all of the ingredients except the tomato juice and vodka. Then add as much or as little tomato juice to achieve the taste you prefer (as peppery and spicy as you like it). Start with ½ cup of the mixture to every quart of tomato juice.

To serve:

Fill your cup completely with ice. Add 1 to 1.5 oz of vodka. Fill the remaining cup with Bloody Mary mix and garnish. Yum!

Keep it simple:

You can also buy a prepared Bloody Mary mix, add vodka and garnish to keep it simple. This way you are spending less time mixing and more time garnishing! If you go that route, I highly recommend Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix. It has a great mixture of and spices already mixed it. Just add vodka and go!


What’s your favorite game day cocktail?

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