Tailgating Cocktail Recipes

If you love to tailgate, or get together with friends to watch football on the weekend, but you’re not a beer drinker, Eric Steigelman from Bonfire Wines shared some amazing cocktail recipes you can whip up instead.

COCKTAIL: Autumn Bonfire Sangria
PREP: stemmed wine glasses (2), assorted fruit, and pitcher.
• Some people believe that you can use sub-par wine when you’re making sangria, but we think that using quality wine is what makes quality sangria.
• Ember is a sweet red Bonfire Wines blend that pairs perfectly with your favorite fruit for a delicious, fall sangria.
• Sangria is the perfect beverage for a crowd, especially if you’re outdoors and looking for something refreshing to sip. 

For the Spiced Apple Cider:
2 cups apple cider
1/3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
2 orange slices (rounds)
For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
3 cups Bonfire Wine Ember red wine blend
2 cups spiced apple cider (recipe above)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brandy (optional) 

For the Spiced Apple Cider:
Mix together all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain before using.
For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher and garnish with orange wheels and cinnamon sticks. To serve, pour over ice.

COCKTAIL: Ignite Raspberry Sparkler  
PREP: Champagne flutes (2), raspberries, Bonfire Wine Ignite, Prosecco, bowl to display extra raspberries.
• If you’re celebrating a big win for your team, you’ll want to break out the bubbles!
• Bonfire Wine’s Ignite, a sweet white blend with hints of natural melon and pineapple, pairs well with Prosecco.
• Raspberries add an elegant touch, so if want to impress with something sparkling; this is the way to go.


3 ounces Prosecco
3 ounces Bonfire Wine Ignite White Wine Blend

Pour chilled Prosecco into a champagne flute and top with chilled white wine. Add two or three raspberries (or your favorite fruit, as desired). Serve immediately.

COCKTAIL: Social Vodka

Social Sparkling Sake (Credit: Facebook)

PREP: Cocktail glasses, cans of social, lemon.
• Social is the perfect option for anyone who is looking to cut down on the sugar and calories in their cocktail.
• The new sparkling sake wine is delicious on its own, but is also a nice way to jazz up a standard vodka soda if the simple cocktail is your usual go-to.
• Social only has four grams of sugar, so it’s great for guests or fans on a low carb diet.

COCKTAIL: Spiced Pear Flip  
PREP: Martini Glasses (2), Lemons, Milagro tequila, agave nectar, cinnamon, pears, Safest Choice pasteurized eggs, bowl for ingredients.
• Cinnamon and pears are two flavors reminiscent of fall and they pair perfectly with a nice smooth tequila.
• One of the brand ambassadors for Milagro tequila passed this on to us and we love how balanced it is, perfectly spiced but not overwhelming.
• We use Safest Choice eggs in cocktail recipes because they’re pasteurized, so you can consume them raw and do not need to worry about foodborne illness.