Tailgate Tea Recipe

Tailgate Tea Recipe

I’m not going to lie: I don’t know much about football rules. However, I consider myself a professional snacker, and I love tailgate season’s food and beverage aspect.

I didn’t go to a college with a football team, but I got to experience college football later in life and fell in love. My first college football game was at the University of Texas – Austin, and their tailgate game was strong. I felt like a kid in the candy store — they had shut down several blocks leading up to the stadium, and I sampled some incredible BBQ, bought way too many Texas souvenirs, and sipped on some delicious cocktails.

Sadly, I don’t have plans to go to a tailgate anytime soon with my travel schedule, but it’s still nice to root for your favorite team at home. For your next football watch party, here’s a super easy cocktail to make at home: the Tailgate Tea.

Tailgate Tea Recipe

Tailgate Tea Recipe

gameday drink

Tailgate party drink

Is anyone else an iced tea lover out there? This Southern-inspired recipe is super easy to make and tastes like a boozy Arnold Palmer. I love this recipe because you can make it in big batches, making it ideal for a tailgate party. It’s no fuss, no frills, but 100% delicious and elevated for gameday.

If you enjoy this recipe, my book, From Harvest to Home, has a ton of other tailgate dishes and other seasonal recipes for the fall season that you can create. Order your copy today!

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Tailgate Tea Recipe

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  • Author: Alicia


A refreshing cocktail for football season that can easily be made in big batches.


  • 2 cups iced tea
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 Cup of Honey


  • Combine the iced tea, lemon juice, and 2 cups water in a pitcher. Add some Simple Syrup to taste (save the rest for another use) and stir. Stir in the bourbon and serve over ice.

What’s your favorite football team? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Tom McGovern

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  1. Christine wrote:

    Did I go to college where tailgating was a thing? No. Do I want to try this tailgate tea? 100% YES.

    Posted 10.24.22 Reply