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Football Season is Back – Here Are Our Top Tailgate Drinks!

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Football Season is Back – Here Are Our Top Tailgate Drinks!

Football season is back, and with the excitement of football also comes the joy of tailgating and drinking with friends. Whether you are enjoying a drink at a tailgate or having a watch party at home, Old Tennessee Distillery Co. wants to help you celebrate the return of football season with some of our favorite drinks, perfect for any Vol fan.


The Orange Dreamsicle

This drink is excellent to share with a group of people while watching the game.


2 C. Dumplin Creek Orange Dreamsicle Moonshine

1 C. Dumplin Creek French Vanilla Moonshine

1-gallon orange juice (no pulp)

1 ½ C. granulated sugar

½ C. French vanilla coffee creamer



Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir well to combine. Place in the refrigerator. Serve in cups with ice.


Smoky Sunrise

An easy, make-ahead drink to enjoy while tailgating.


2 C. Dumplin Creek Toasted Mango Moonshine

½ C. Dumplin Creek Frost Moonshine

½ C. Dumplin Creek Moonshine Pineapples

4 C. pineapple juice

3 C. mango juice

6 oz. grenadine

Lime wedge for garnishing



Mix all ingredients in a large container with ice. Pour into a cup and serve with a lime wedge.


Smoked Pineapple Bourbon Sour

The perfect drink to enjoy while at home, watching the game. 


2 oz Butcher’s Bourbon

½ oz Aperol

½ oz simple syrup

¾ oz lemon juice

4-5 seared pineapple chunks

2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters



Slice and prepare pineapple wheels—smoke and sear pineapple on a grill. Remove pineapple when grill marks appear and slice into smaller chunks for the cocktail. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, muddle pineapple chunks, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into glass and add seared pineapple for garnish.  


Go Big Orange!

In celebration of the Volunteers, mix up an easy, quick drink to enjoy with a few friends. 


3 oz Tuckaleechee Vodka

1.5 oz Triple Sec

¼ C. orange juice (or 1 fresh-squeezed orange)

1 can orange soda (can be substitute with sprite or ginger ale)

Orange slices for garnish



Fill a glass with ice and add the ingredients in order. Stir and top with orange slices.


Beer Margarita

We’re adding a twist on a tailgate classic with our beer margarita! 


½ C. chilled Dragon Tail Tequila

2 (12-oz) bottles of your favorite beer

½ C. frozen concentrated limeade, thawed

¼ C. coarse salt

Lime for garnish



Rub lime wedges around the rims of 4 margarita glasses. Dip rims into salt and coat lightly. In a medium container, combine tequila, beer, and limeade. Mix all liquid and add ice to the glasses. Pour mixture into glasses and top with lime.


Let Old Tennessee Distilling Company help you celebrate the return of football season with some of our favorite drinks. Visit our Kodak, TN location for free tastings to find your new favorite Saturday go-to drink. Raise a glass high to good drinks and Tennessee football! 


Kent Merritt

Gatlinburg native Kent Merrit oversees the behind-the-scenes operations at Old Tennessee Distilling Company. He has over 35 years of manufacturing and business management experience and is passionate about developing and promoting businesses with exceptional products and excellent customer service. He invites you to pop in at Old Tennessee Distilling Co. for a free tasting of moonshine and distilled spirits. "Take a moment, take a sip, and get a taste for Tennessee."

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