6 Best {Game Day Essentials}

Enjoy the game from the comfort of  home. 

Words by Erin McWilliams

This weekend, Texas will face Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl to compete for the coveted Golden Hat. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who was able to snag a ticket before they sold out, but if you didn’t, we’ve compiled a list of 6 best game day essentials for your football-watching needs. 

1. Lady Bird’s Tasty Tea

Lady Bird Johnson liked her tea sweet; we like ours with a little bit of whiskey. Take a Texas favorite and turn it into a tailgating necessity with Lady Bird’s Sweet Tea recipe and spike it with some Nine Banded Whiskey for Tasty Tea with a kick. 

Lady Bird’s Tasty Tea
1.5 Oz. of Nine Banded Whiskey
3.5 Oz. of Freshly brewed sweet iced tea
A splash of orange juice
Squeeze from a lemon wheel
Hint of cinnamon

2. Haymaker

An East Austin favorite, Haymaker offers the ultimate game day experience, with fans clad in their team’s colors and plentiful television screens. Every Saturday is happy hour, and other specials include $1 off beer cocktails, $2 white trash cans, $2 community Helles pints, $3 wells, and $8 community Helles pitchers. Our recommendation: the Beerita with Chili salt! 2310 Manor Rd. haymakeraustin.com

3. Chili Queso

This queso is a Super Bowl classic, easily adaptable for any sporting event where queso is vital. The recipe is so easy and addicting, you might just find an excuse to make it for every social gathering….

Chili Queso
2 bricks of cream cheese
1 can of Wolf Brand Chili without beans
Place both in crockpot on low
Serve with chips, Fritos, or your favorite veggies

4. Revelry Kitchen + Bar

If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, Revelry Kitchen + Bar is the place for you on game day. With an extensive menu, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from for the 2:30 game. Drafts are $1 during game time!
1410 E 6th St. | revelryatx.com

5. Evan LeRoy’s Jalapeno Poppers

Evan LeRoy and Sawyer Lewis teamed up to establish LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue and are here for all your tailgate catering needs. If you’re looking to spice up your tailgate game, try Evan’s jalapeño poppers:

Evan LeRoy’s Jalapeno Poppers:
10 jalapeños, halved lengthwise and de-seeded
1/2 c. cream cheese
1/4 c. shredded cheddar
1/4 c. leftover pulled pork
20 slices bacon

Directions: In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, and pulled pork and mix until fulling incorporated using a spatula or gloved hand. Stuff the mixture into the halved jalapeños and wrap completely with one slice of bacon per jalapeño. Dust lightly with your favorite barbecue rub and smoke (or bake) at 325F until the bacon is crispy and the jalapeños are softened, approximately 45 minutes.
121 Pickle Rd. | leroyandlewis.com

6. Hi Hat Public House

Get the traditional pub feel at Hi Hat Public House this Saturday, and enjoy brunch from 11am until 4:30pm! Who doesn’t want to watch the game with mimosa in-hand?
2121 E 6th St. | hihatpublichouse.com

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