Bring Your Game to the Next Level with These Pro Tailgating Tips from Crown Royal

If this is your rookie season tailgating you are probably going to make many rookie mistakes. Today we hope to set you on the right path and make you a protailgater like the staff here at As you wander through the parking lot of your favorite stadium, you will see people with LCD TVs, BBQ rotisseries grilling succulent chicken and ribs and cocktail setups that would rival the finest cocktail lounges.

You stare in awe and a bit of jealousy with your slightly burnt hot dog in one hand and a watered down American lager in the other. This is the moment when you turn to your tailgating compadres and say, “it is time for us to turn this up a notch”.

Here are a few recipes from our friends at Crown Royal that will set you on the right path. Once you get you tailgating mojo just right join us for the 2013 edition of our FREE NFL Pick’em contest Beat the House. The last man or woman standing at the end of the 2013 edition of Beat the House will receive a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 48 in New York, courtesy of Crown Royal. You could get the chance to show off your tailgating swagger at the biggest tailgating party of the year.

Football Tailgating Food and Cocktail Recipes

Crown Royal Wings


⅓ cup Crown Royal Canadian Whisky®
⅓ cup honey, SueBee®
¼ cup soy sauce, Kikkoman®
2 tablespoons Thai chili sauce
1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning, Sun Bird®
2 teaspoons crushed garlic, Gourmet Garden®
4 pounds chicken wing drumettes
3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)
¼ cup chopped peanuts, Planters® (optional)

Preparation: In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).

Whisky BBQ Shrimp

• 1 lb. shrimp (with tail)
• ¼ cup of Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
• ¼ cup BBQ sauce
• ¼ cup honey
• ¼ tsp. black pepper
• 1/8 tsp. garlic pepper

Preparation: Combine all ingredients, except for the shrimp, in a bowl. Add shrimp and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for an hour. Add shrimp and mixture into a large saucepan over medium high heat and cook until shrimp is opaque and cooked through.

Crown Royal Black Manhattan

1 ounce of Crown Royal® Black Blended Whisky
½ ounce Cragganmore® Distillers Edition
½ ounce sweet vermouth
1 ½ ounces simple syrup
½ dashes bitters
1 piece(s) maraschino cherry

Preparation: Stir all together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Maple Collins

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Maple
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 dash Angostura Bitters
.5 Simple Syrup

Preparation: Mix ingredients in a shaker, top with club soda and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with half an orange slice and a cheery.

The Beat the House Playoffs will coincide with the NFL Playoffs. Playoff contestants will be asked to predict the playoff results along with various tie-breakers. Each round, the playoff field will be cut in half until the final two members remaining will be asked to pick the Super Bowl winner, score and other related outcomes. The ultimate Beat the House tiebreaker will be overall correct picks on the season.

The last man or woman standing at the end of the 2013 edition of Beat the House will receive a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 48 in New York, courtesy of Crown Royal. You must be 21 or older to win the grand prize. The prize is the tickets only, all other travel and lodging arrangements are the winner’s responsibility.

The “Final Four” contestants in our playoffs, which will be after the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, will each receive a pair of high quality sunglasses from Maui Jim.

All weekly prizes and Random will be announced at the time they are eligible to be won. The requirements for winning one of these prizes will be announced at the time as well. It is best to “like” the Beat the House Facebook Page for special prize eligibility updates and reminders to get your weekly picks in. Keep in mind the highest total score for the regular season is the deciding factor for all playoff tiebreakers. If you make it into the playoffs early keep pushing throughout the season to ensure your chances of grabbing the tickets to Super Bowl 48 in New York are that much better.

You must be 21 to enter.