Gridiron Drinks: Drinks for Football Season

Game day is here, but grab a cocktail instead of your traditional beer

A drink perfect for NFL season.

We know it’s been a tough week. While Labor Day was just a few short days ago, summer fun seems like a distant memory. Well, at least we have some exciting news: it's NFL season.

To get you back into the tailgating spirit, we asked one of the biggest sports fans we know, Brian MacGregor, for his favorite game-time concoctions. In addition to being a die-hard Green Bay Packers supporter (please don’t ask him about Aaron Rodgers), he’s also a top San Francisco bartender and just became the bar director at private club Wingtip.

So what will this cheesehead be fixing? "I am obsessed with Pink Plymouth Gin & Tonics these days and plan on drinking them during games this year," he says. The simple and refreshing twist on the classic G&T (pictured above) calls for a healthy amount of Angostura bitters, which adds a bit of depth and, of course, the color.

And when MacGregor watches a game at Lambeau Field, he’s going to whip up the Aber Gut. He credits his wife, Carey Suckow, owner of Mission District watering hole Doc’s Clock, with the recipe. The elixir’s a traditional Wisconsin tipple that her family has been making for three generations, which combines apricot brandy and peppermint schnapps. It’s usually served in a flask or bottle and enjoyed before kickoff. The potent mixture surely provides some relief from the state’s infamous cold weather.

No matter which team you’re rooting for, good luck this season. Now let’s play some football!

Click here for the Pink Plymouth gin and tonic recipe. 

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