How to Healthfully Tailgate Like a Pro

How to Healthfully Tailgate Like a Pro

Ready to tailgate? My healthy takes on football fare were experimented with the fabulous ladies of Bluff City Lights earlier this month, and thankfully the team of Collins, Mary, Alex and Megan absolutely approved! Scroll for recipes and entertaining tips for your future fall gathering.

Blood Orange Summer Spritzer

Blood Orange Summer Spritzer

Bubbly and bold, this blood orange cocktail will become your new poolside go-to. The citrus undertones refresh the palette, while sweet notes of raw sugar and soda keep you on your toes all summer long! Cheers to extra long afternoons in the sunshine alongside your favorite people (and new favorite drink).

Ginger Ale Summer Cocktail


Cara_Melized-3 Cara_Melized-19 Let the pre-July Fourth week commence. Alex and I are heading up to D.C. for a long holiday weekend, where we'll be patriotically celebrating the Fourth as well as Alex's birthday and our five-year anniversary! Yes, what a doozy.

If you're hosting an outdoor gathering this weekend, I know just the right beverage to fill your coolers or mix into a cocktail -- the all-natural Bruce Cost Ginger Ale.

Photos by Christen Jones


Each bottle is made from whole fresh ginger (rather than the ginger oil or other manufactured products used for the gingery flavor). Naturally sweetened with pure cane sugar, the beverage line offers flavors from pomegranate hibiscus to jasmine tea and passion fruit.

Concepted in Bruce Costs's James Beard-nominated kitchen in San Francisco back in 1995 and later served in Chicago, the ginger ale is now brewed and bottled in Brooklyn. Now, it has made its way to my Memphis doorstep, and I'm finely impressed!

I'm making Fourth of July cocktails with my Bruce Cost twelve-pack, but note that you can sip the original flavor to alleviate nausea, aid digestion, and even fight the common cold. Talk about benefits!

Keep scrolling for my peach-infused summertime Moscow mule, served in darling copper tumblers that'll keep our cocktails plenty cold. Enjoy the celebrations this weekend -- Cheers to the simplicity and festivity of summertime.


Makes 2 cocktails

1 bottle of Bruce Cost ginger ale, chilled 3 ounces vodka, divided Juice of 1 lime 2 lime wedges, to garnish 1/2 peach, sliced

1. Divide vodka among two tumblers. Add two slices of peach to each and muddle. Then add a few cubes of ice.

2. Pour ginger ale in each tumbler, followed by a heavy squeeze of fresh lime juice.

3. Garnish with lime and peach. Cheers!



This post is brought to you by Bruce Cost Ginger Ale and Christen Jones Photography. Thank you for being supportive of my sponsors!

Do-it-Yourself Moscow Mule Kit

FullSizeRender_1 While preparing for our March wedding, Alex and I decided right off the bat to incorporate as many tasteful food-related components as possible. I made no exception when asking my bridesmaids, who would unexpectedly receive a DIY package that'd prepare us for quite the marital toast!

This Moscow mule kit incorporates everyone's favorite houseware piece -- a copper mug -- and other fine ingredients. I purchased my mugs locally at The Stovall Collection, and the beautifully-branded ginger beer at 387 Pantry. While at Stovall, I also grabbed copper pen and cream-colored stationary for accompanying hand-written notes.

Whether for a wedding, a birthday, a dinner party hostess, or a secret Santa, the recipient of this Moscow mule kit will be shouting "Cheers!" to you!

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2 copper mugs 1 vintage ginger beer bottle 1 Tito's vodka travel-sized bottle 1 lime 1 craft box 1 bag shredded white paper

1. Place shredded paper in the box to create a padded foundation. Carefully place all ingredients and copper mug set in the box. Add a handwritten note, tie with twine, and deliver accordingly.