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Aggie-Style Tailgating at Home

 

There’s so much the Aggie community has had to put on pause, from graduations to sporting events. Though we can’t say for sure when it will be time to play again, we can give you all the tools you need to bring a beloved Aggie past time into your own home: tailgating. As you're preparing for Aggie Gamedays, these tips for tailgating at home are the perfect way to channel the 12th Man. Recreate your best memories of Saturdays in Aggieland with these cocktail recipes, snack ideas, and lawn games.

Mix Your Own Cocktails

aggierita

Aggierita

2oz Espolon Blanco Tequila

1oz lime juice

1oz Grand Marnier

1/4oz Razzmatazz Liquor 

1oz Agave or simple syrup

Ice

Rim a glass with salt. Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Give it a good shake. Strain and pour over ice in the salted glass. Garnish with a lime wedge

Gig 'em and enjoy!

pink rose of texas

Pink Rose of Texas

1.5oz Blanco Tequila

0.5oz Paula's Texas Grapefruit Liqueur

0.5oz lime juice

0.5oz simple syrup

1oz grapefruit juice

Soda Water

Combine all the ingredients except the soda water in a shaker. Shake it up. Strain and pour in a glass over ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

Gig 'em and enjoy!

Round Up an Aggie-Inspired Meal

Tailgating is a state of mind more than anything. Grab tailgate staples like burgers and buns if you can, or make use of what you have on hand. All food is weclome at an Aggie tailgate. 

Block T burger

Burgers, Brats, and More

Block T Bar's hand-crafted cocktails and mouthwatering menu of steaks, sandwiches, burgers, and more was built to be enjoyed in front of a big screen on Gameday. Recreate the experience by choosing quality meats and a wide variety of burger and sandwich toppings. Pro Tip: Toss your fries in corn starch before frying them on the stove or baking them in the oven to get that perfectly crispy finish. 

man serving salad onto woman's plate

Build-Your-Own Salad Bar

Salads were meant to be thrown together from whatever odds and ends you have in the fridge. Though farm fresh veggies and an assortment of toppers and dressings can elevate your standard greens, fancy vinaigrettes are a luxury, not a necessity. Rustle together the greens and toppings you have on hand (we suggest anything that has a crunch) and arrange in colorful bowls for a little added spirit. 

Play DIY Lawn Games

You'd be surprised the number of lawn games you can set up with supplies you have around the house. Utilize cans, buckets, and more to recreate the games that are staples for any true Aggie tailgate. Who knows, you might discover a new favorite activity to bring along to your next Gameday. 

guy in red plaid shirt holding frisbee like he's throwing it

Knock-Off Toss

Though you can buy a dedicated kit for setting up a game of Knock-Off Toss, the only real must is a frisbee. Dust off an old frisbee and set up posts topped with items to knock off, whether that's stuffed animals off of tables or tennis balls off of fence posts. Just be sure whatever you set up is clear of breakable items.

cornhole board and bean bags on grass

Cornhole

This tailgate classic is a must for your at-home festivities. Don't have a cornhole board or bean bags? Cut boards out of cardboard and sub bean bags for socks filled with dry rice and knotted at the top. It may not be an envy-inducing set-up, but you'll be well on your way to a friendly competition.

group of friends playing beer pong

Pong/Bucket Ball

Call it pong or call it Bucket Ball, the only difference is whether you're aiming for cups or buckets. Set up the classic with plastic cups and a ping bong ball, or line up five gallon buckets or even garbage cans for a larger than life version of this college classic. Sub basketballs or soccer balls for the ping pong ball. 

Invite Friends (Virtually)

Nothing compares to having your closest friends and family over for grilling and games, especially when it's just before the Fightin' Texas Aggies take to Kyle Field. But the next best thing is hosting a tailgate virtually!

Rustle up all the games and goodies you can, then send an invite and a list of what you've got to your friends. Then hop on a video chat when it's time to chow down. If you've mixed up the same cocktails, grilled up the same burgers, and put together the same games, it'll almost feel like you're in the same backyard. At least until you can clink cups in person.

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