Autumn is on its way, and that means one thing for sports enthusiasts: football season. From the Deep South to the Northeast, and from the Midwest to the West Coast, football is one thing that has the ability to unite all Americans.
Every autumn, gameday schedules are announced, friendly rivalries are reignited and football fans across the nation gear up to participate in one of the sport’s most time-honored traditions: tailgating.
For many fans, the tailgating spread is nearly as exciting as the big game itself. Beer is the go-to choice for serving with gameday bites like wings, sliders and dips, but many tailgaters enjoy having nonalcoholic beverages to choose from as well.
Tea is the perfect tailgating refreshment, from fruity iced teas to warm spiced teas for late fall and winter games. Get inspired before your next gameday with these tasty teas for tailgating.
1. Iced Tea with Lemonade
Iced tea is a gameday staple, and with good reason. This classic chilled beverage is as versatile as it is flavorful, and can be prepared using nearly any tea bags or full-leaf loose tea leaves. One of our favorite tailgating tea recipes is the Arnold Palmer, a satisfying blend of iced black tea and lemonade.
Fill two separate portable drink dispensers with iced tea and lemonade so everyone can fill up as they please, or premix pitchers of Arnold Palmers to make serving easy. A sprig of mint and a few slices of fresh lemon will enhance the presentation.
2. Peach Tea
A frosty glass of peach tea is a must-have for any Southern tailgate. Sipping iced tea is an excellent way to stay hydrated on a hot September day. The flavor of juicy, luscious Georgia peaches will complement your favorite tailgating foods.
3. Hot Apple Cider Tea
Nothing beats a hot mug of apple cider on a chilly autumn or winter day…except perhaps a mug of Hot Apple Cider Tea! The aroma of real apple pieces and mulled cider spices wafting from your cup is sure to get you into the gameday spirit, especially on those days when your tailgate preparations start early in the morning.
Planning to host a large crowd? Steep a whole pitcher of this golden-hued apple tea, and serve with fresh apple slices and fragrant cinnamon sticks.
4. Sonoma Mulled Zin Hot Tea
A tea made with Zinfandel grape skins and a cornucopia of warming spices? We can’t think of a better flavor profile for a long, fun-filled day of tailgating. Savor the aromas of the season as you sip a cup of Sonoma Mulled Zin Hot Tea on a crisp, frosty gameday morning.
The hints of cinnamon, apple, cloves and orange—all enveloped in the deep, full-bodied flavor of Zinfandel grape skins—will delight your taste buds as you cheer your team on to victory.
5. Single Sips®
Prefer to keep things simple and hassle-free on gamedays? Single Sips are the perfect tea for tailgating, and are incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Pour one of the individual packets into a cold bottle of water, shake and sip!
Stock up on a few different flavors of Single Sips, and let everyone prepare their own iced tea throughout the day. Tailgaters can choose from invigorating flavors like Hydration Watermelon, Apple Cider Vinegar and Tumeric.
Serving tea at your next tailgate is the perfect way to ensure that every person—young and old —will have a satisfying nonalcoholic beverage to enjoy. Find a tailgating tea that your family and friends love, and keep it on rotation all season long!