Entertaining on Your Deck? Try These Favorite Cocktail Recipes for Football Season

Looking for some new favorite cocktail recipes for football season? Football season calls for seven-layer dip, pigs in a blanket, and your favorite brews. However, some crowds are better suited to cocktails. How do you handle that situation without a bartender on staff? You need delicious, big-batch drink recipes that will keep the crowd satisfied.

Here are 3 of our favorite cocktail recipes for football season:

Red Sangria

Sparkling white sangria is a refreshing summer pick-me-up cocktail, while its red cousin feels more like a cozier fall version. Whatever season you make red sangria, use fruit that is local and in-season. For your next football party, try diced apples and pears with sliced lemons and oranges.

1 bottle of good Grenache or pinot noir
Seasonal fruit
4 ounces of brandy
2-3 tablespoons of honey, maple syrup, or simple syrup (optional)

Slice half a lime and half an orange; squeeze the other half of the orange’s juice into the pitcher. Add everything but the ice and mix. Refrigerate for a few hours before the party kicks off. This gives the flavors time to blend and develop.

Moscow Mule

This ginger-based beverage has made a major comeback in the last few years. And because it’s traditional to serve them in copper mugs, these cocktails feel a little more autumn-appropriate than most others.

2 shots of vodka
6 oz. ginger beer
A lime wedge
Ice cubes

Squeeze the lime wedge into the mug. Drop in the lime wedge and toss in ice cubes. Add vodka and ginger beer and stir.

Moscow mules are a popular and versatile drink. For a lower-alcohol mule, use ginger ale instead of ginger beer. Not a fan of vodka? Swap it out for bourbon, and you’ve got a Kentucky mule instead; don’t forget to garnish it with a few mint leaves.


If you have invited beer drinkers and margarita lovers to your next football party, meet them in the middle and make beergaritas. These hybrid drinks are cheap and easy to make, and they are delicious. One batch will go a long way to keep your guests’ thirst quenched.

1 can frozen limeade mix
6 beers (use your favorite easy-drinking brew, such as Budweiser, Corona, or Labatts Blue)
12 oz. tequila
Margarita salt (optional)

Mix the liquid ingredients. If you want frozen drinks, throw it in the blender with ice. If not, serve the drink mix over ice. For extra points, salt the rims before pouring. Just run a lime wedge around the rim and dip the moistened rim in margarita salt.

With drinks like these on hand, nobody will care much about how their team does this season. It will be all about enjoying the time with friends and loved ones on their beautiful deck. We hope these favorite cocktail recipes for football season will become some of your favorites too.

Tips for Enjoying Your Deck during Football Season

If you’re anything like us, fall means enjoying your deck during football season. There’s nothing better than gathering up the gang for some excellent football and great food. The summer temperatures are easing up, and that’s a clear signal to take the party outside. Here are a few tips to help you and your friends make the most of your deck this football season.

Deck Prep

Getting your aluminum deck cleaned up is the first step to prepare for your outdoor football party. Spray down your patio furniture. Clean the cushions if you have them. Sweep the leaves and dirt off the deck. If it’s looking grimy, hose it down or even get the pressure washer out. Tidy up your grill supplies and give the grill itself a good cleaning. Scrub the grill inserts and empty the grease trap. Make sure you have enough propane and/or charcoal on hand. Now your deck should be ready for a crowd!

Football Party Recipes

What’s a party without some excellent snacks? Potlucks are an ideal approach for fall gatherings, but the host still has to have some grub ready when the guests arrive. Here are a couple of our favorite football party recipes:


Walking tacos are delicious and easy to prepare. Plus, cleaning up the mess is a breeze. And since your guests will build their own, nobody has to pick off the toppings they don’t like. Adjust the amount of ingredients based on how many guests you expect.

Here are the necessary steps to set up your Walking Taco Bar:

  • Brown and drain ground beef; add taco seasoning according to the package’s instructions.
  • Chop tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and black olives; set out in individual bowls.
  • Shred your favorite kind of cheese & put it in another bowl.
  • Set out other popular taco toppings: sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, etc.
  • Put out a bunch of spoons and individual-sized bags of Fritos – your guests can now build their walking tacos!


Dry rub chicken wings is a twist on classic wings, which are a perennial party food. Grilling the wings instead of frying keeps them healthier and makes less mess. The dry rub is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. All you have to do is grill your wings and then toss them in the dry rub while they’re hot. Many recipes will tell you to coat the wings with the rub and then put them on the grill. That’s a mistake because the sugar will burn, and then the chicken will burn.

The recipe below is for about 24 chicken wings; adjust your ingredients based on how much chicken you are making. Mix all the dry rub ingredients and save the leftover rub for another day:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, if you like more spice)

Wahoo Decks Wishes You a Great Football Season!

Enjoying your deck during football season is all about friends, food, and of course, the football games. We hope you make the most of this season, no matter how your team does!

3 Tips For Grilling on Your Deck This Labor Day Weekend!

Are you one of those people always looking for ways to use your deck for family or entertainment? Check out these 3 tips for grilling on your deck for Labor Day!

labor day tips

Labor Day weekend is upon us and for many of us that means fun times with family and friends and probably a cook out! Here are some deck ideas & tips for grilling on your deck this Labor Day weekend!

1. Be Safe

Whether you’re having a small gathering or a party for Labor Day, one deck idea that most all agree on, is that cooking out is fun for everyone.

But safety has to come first when it comes to deck grilling – or grilling on the deck.

Here are some grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
  • Grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills in the trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Click here for more deck grilling safety tips.

2. Keep it Fresh

A fun part about grilling out is you have access to try new things. For example, grilling fruits and vegetables is not only adds a different dynamic to the cookout but is also very tasty! Click here for 9 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill.

3. Enjoy the Favorites

If you’re more traditional when it comes to grilling here are the Top 10 Labor Day Meals for you try! Click on the meal for the full recipe.

  1. BBQ Beef Ribs
  2. Memphis Style Rib Rub
  3. Fresh Corn on the Cob
  4. Big Daddy’s Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce
  5. Marinated London Broil
  6. Kansas City Ribs
  7. A Carolina BBQ Rub
  8. Grilled Tri-Tip Roast
  9. Beer in the Butt Chicken
  10. Carne Asada

Wahoo Decks would like to wish you a Happy Labor Day weekend! Remember when using our deck ideas this weekend to stay safe, keep it fresh, and enjoy the favorites.

About Wahoo Decks:

Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award winning outdoor decking products. Wahoo products have been engineered to be uniquely low maintenance and more resistant to natural elements than traditional decking products. Wahoo Decks offers AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product, DryJoistEZ (U.S. Pat. No. 8,276,344), a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit www.WahooDecks.com.






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