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10 Martini Recipes That Shake Up Any Tailgate Party

It’s game day! The aromas of burgers, ribs and any smoked meat fill the air. You see beers being passed left and right, face paint and people in jerseys having a great time.

The host asks you your drink of choice and you say, “I’ll have a martini please, shaken, not stirred.” Might as well throw your ascot over your shoulder and put on the sunglasses. Truth is, martinis are awesome drinks, that include the simplest of ingredients.

However, giving the martini a facelift so it fits tailgate regulations is simple. Here are 10 amazing alcohol and non-alcoholic recipes that are sure to keep the conversation going.

The Classic Martini

The good old classic martini. Taking this Hollywood classic from the martini glass and bar scene to be enjoyed in a mason jar while wearing your sports jersey. This recipe comes from allrecipe.com .

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce of dry vermouth
  • Olives or lemon twists
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour the gin and vermouth into a shaker and shake it up for a few seconds.
  2. Pour the cocktail into the mason jar.
  3. Save the ice cubes, lemon twists and olives for game day. Keep them tightly secured and add it in when the martini is ready to be enjoyed.

Beer Martini

For the beer drinkers who might make fun of the martini, there’s one for you too, with a little kick.

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 ounces of beer
  • 1-2 ounces of bourbon
  • Maple syrup (sweetened or not)
  • An orange slice
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason Jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour the beer and bourbon into a shaker and shake it up for a few seconds.
  2. Add in the syrup and squeeze the orange slice into the mixture and shake it for a few more seconds.
  3. Pour cocktail mixture into the mason jar.

Spicy Vodka Martini

To make this recipe even more amazing, I would add a little bit of sugar around the rim of your mason jar before drinking it. You’ll get a nice blend of spicy and sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1 oz of dry vermouth
  • Chili flakes
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour the vodka, dry vermouth and a dash of chili flakes into the shaker.
  2. Shake the mixture for a few seconds.
  3. Pour the cocktail into a mason jar.
  4. Add in the ice cubes when the martini is ready to be enjoyed.

Lemonade Tequila Martini

Tailgates are so much fun, but the weather at times is hot, muggy and leaves you thirsty. This lemonade tequila martini is a great way to quench your thirst.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of tequila
  • 1 ounce of dry vermouth
  • 1 ½ ounces of Lemonade
  • Lemon twist
  • Ice Cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour the tequila, dry vermouth, and lemonade into the shaker.
  2. Once shaken, add in the lemon twist and pour the cocktail into the mason jar.
  3. Save the ice cubes for game day, add it in when the cocktail is ready to be enjoyed.

Bourbon Martini

Note in this recipe it calls for sweet vermouth.

Not for the light drinkers, this bourbon martini is sure to be warm to the sip and smooth all the way down.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ounces of bourbon
  • 1-1/2 ounces of sweet vermouth
  • Bitters
  • ½ of a slice of lime
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour in the bourbon, a dash of bitters and sweet vermouth into the shaker.
  2. Once shaken, pour the cocktail into the mason jar.
  3. Add in a half squeeze of a slice of lime and shake the mason jar.
  4. Save the ice cubes for game day when the drink is ready to be enjoyed.

Wine Martini

This recipe requires freezing for 24 hours. Red wine should be paired with the purple grapes and the white wine should be paired with the green grapes.

Not into all the heavy liquors and love the wine life? There’s a martini for you and it might be the most fun to drink. It’s like a slushy, but adult style.

Ingredients:

  • Red or white wine
  • Purple or green grapes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Freeze the wine by pouring it into an ice tray. You’ll want at least 8-10 cubes per drink.
  2. Freeze your grapes as well.
  3. Take out frozen wine and place it in a blender to puree.
  4. Pour frozen wine into the mason jar.
  5. Add in frozen grapes when the cocktail is ready to be enjoyed. The frozen grapes will act as a replacement for ice cubes, but with a better flavor once eaten.

Ginger Beer Martini (non-alcoholic)

Need a refreshing drink and don’t want to be left out of all the tailgate drinking fun? Grab a ginger beer martini, it’s cool to the sip.

Ingredients:

  • Ginger beer
  • Mint leaves
  • Lemon twits
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour ginger and mint leaves into a shaker.
  2. Once shaken, pour the cocktail into the mason jar.
  3.  Add in the lemon twist or ginger peel for an extra kick of flavor.
  4. Save the ice cubes for game day when the drink is ready to be enjoyed.

Raspberry Iced – Tea Martini (non-alcoholic)

Wherever there’s brisket someone has a pitcher of iced-tea not too far away. Instead of doing the classic iced-tea doused in sugar, let’s switch it up. This recipe is great for a batch of mason jars.

Ingredients:

  • Box of Raspberry iced- tea bags
  • A couple of Lemons
  •  Ice cubes
  • Mint Leaves
  • Sugar

Additional Need:

  • Mason Jars
  • Pitcher

How to Make It:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water.
  2. One boiling, steep up to 5 tea bags into the water.
  3. Add in two more cups of water.
  4. Add in the sugar and lemon juices to taste.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pitcher and add in the mint leaves.
  6. Let the tea chill for a few hours.
  7. Add in the ice cubes on game day when the drink is ready to be enjoyed.

Lemon Lime Martini (non-alcoholic)

Lemon-lime doesn’t have to be so boring, give it a little twist by adding in some ginger beer. Your taste buds will thank you later.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of ginger beer
  • ¼ of a lime
  • ½ cup of lemonade
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to Make It:

  1. Pour ginger beer, and lemonade into the shaker.
  2. Squeeze the ¼ of a lime into the shaker.
  3. Pour mixture into the mason jar.
  4. Add in ice cubes at game day when the drink is ready to be enjoyed.

Sober Up Martini (non-alcoholic)

Uh oh! Someone drank a little too much at the tailgate and they need help sobering up! Quick, grab this Sober Up Martini and drink it. The vitamins in it will help start the flush out of the consumed alcohol. Don’t forget to grab them an extra burger to help soak up the rest of the alcohol. Remember, drinking plenty of fluids that include vitamin C and electrolytes are key to sobering up and a quick hangover cure.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 2 ounces of ginger beer
  • Ice cubes

Additional Need:

  • A mason jar

How to make it:

  1. Pour the grapefruit, orange juice and ginger beet into a shaker.
  2. Once shaken, pour mixture into the mason jar.
  3. Add in the ice cubes once the drink is ready to be consumed.

Bonus Tip for Martini Fun!

When it comes to the mason jars used in these recipes, they don’t have to be plain and boring. Why not fix it up to where it fits the game day festivities.

Decorate your mason jars!

Nothing brings people together like competition. Figure out which team is playing and decorate various mason jars with those team colors.  For example, if it were the Philadelphia Eagles vs. The New England Patriots, use green, black and white for Philadelphia. And use silver and blue for New England.

You don’t have to print off pictures of famous sports icons for this one. Instead, write random numbers on the jars, maybe even write the team name, or cut out footballs and glue it on.

We all know a little chant here and there that’s screamed all throughout bars, stadiums, and even our own living rooms. Decorate your mason jars with these sayings too! For example, “Go team go!” or “We’re Number One!” even a simple “D-Fence” tag will do.

Don’t just be the talk of the tailgate with these amazing recipes, also be that person who had the memorable mason jars.

If you want more on how to make your mason jar pop, check out Pinterest, they have plenty of amazing ideas and examples.

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