If you haven't been pairing football with whiskey, it's time to start. And since Sunday afternoon means game day now that it's football season, it also means upgrading the traditional tailgate with Gentleman Jack. This year, leave the giant coolers and plastic containers in the cabinet where they belong, and opt for a game-changing living room party instead. An indoor setup lets you focus on the details—like a Bloody Mary that swaps vodka for smooth Gentleman Jack whiskey—rather than battling the elements. Plus, it means you can host even when your team is on the road. And since you're in a real kitchen and not standing in an open field, you can take staple tailgate dishes up a notch.
Switch up the six-pack for something with a bit more style, like a whiskey Bloody Mary with an unexpected kick. This cocktail is nothing without the extra step of its star quarterback, a next-level salt rim that combines caraway, sea salt and cayenne on a Gentleman Jack-washed rim.
How to Make It: Add 2 ounces of Gentleman Jack, 4 ounces
of tomato juice, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped horseradish, 1 bar spoon of hot sauce, ½ ounce of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of celery salt, ¾ teaspoon of sea salt and ¾ teaspoon of white pepper to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 3 seconds and strain into a Collins glass filled with 2 ice cubes. Rim the glass by dipping it into a shallow bowl filled with Gentleman Jack. Then dip into another bowl filled with a cayenne pepper, ground caraway seed and sea salt mixture. Garnish with a celery stalk, cheese-stuffed olive and slice of beef jerky.
Jerk Baby Back Ribs
Let the oven do the work for these barbecue ribs, which feature a special marinade of Scotch bonnet peppers, fragrant allspice and sweet molasses. It brings the heat for a dish that will have your friends coming back for more.
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Meet your new favorite side. Sweet potatoes put a refreshing spin on standard potato salad, with a dressing of yogurt, turmeric, Thai basil and ginger that's as exciting as a touchdown.
You're set with comfortable couches instead of cold bleacher seats and premium cocktails instead of concession stand brews—now all that's left is to outfit your party with the tools you'll need to score the extra point.
A high-quality strainer is key. That way, you're guaranteed to get a Bloody Mary that's as smooth as the whiskey inside it.
The complex notes of spice from this double-mellowed whiskey complement the vegetal flavors of the Bloody Mary—and the oak finish is the perfect match for the sweetness of the ripe tomatoes.
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GENTLEMAN JACK is a registered trademark. 2018 Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 proof). Distilled and Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee