Football Friday Tailgate Recipes: Army-Navy Weekend


Have a nice Friday football. Today we have Football Friday Recipes for the Tailgate: Army-Navy Weekend. Did you save last week’s Easy Tailgate Meatballs? This week we have a mix of tailgate party ideas for an Army-Navy game. As well as a bit of military beverage history. I hope you enjoy the tasty treats and the Army-Navy game this weekend.

Football Friday Tailgate Recipes: Army-Navy Weekend

While researching this week’s ideas, I came across We Are The Mighty dot com. They had a cool story about military inspired drinks. Here’s what they had to say: Did you know that the terms “happy hour club”, “happy hour social club” have been used as the names of social clubs since the early 1880s? The crew of the USS Arkansas had begun to refer to their social gatherings as “happy hours.” The “happy hours” included entertainment, boxing and wrestling matches, music, dance and films. By the end of World War I, the practice of holding “happy hours” had spread throughout the Navy. Unfortunately, on June 1, 1914, the Minister of the Navy issued General Order 99, which prohibits the consumption or introduction of alcohol on ships or stations. *


Legend has it that the sidecar was created when an army captain of World War I couldn’t conquer a cold. The bartender made this drink in his favorite bar in Paris and named it after the motorcycle sidecar in which he was usually chauffeured.


1-3 / 4 ounces of cognac

3/4 ounce of Cointreau

1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice

Orange twist garnish

Mix liquids with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to mix and cool. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange spiral.

French 75

World War I fighter pilot Raoul Lufbery was of French and American descent and flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, American airmen who wanted to fight Germany even though the United States had not yet entered the war. For French pilots, champagne was the drink of choice. That wasn’t enough for Lufbery’s American side – so he peppered his champagne with cognac, a mixture that made him feel like he was being hit by a 75mm French howitzer.


1-1 / 4 ounce Hennessy brandy

3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 ounce sugar syrup (or a little less)

Brut champagne

Lemon spiral for garnish

Combine the Hennessy, lemon juice and bar syrup in a cocktail shaker that is one-third filled with ice. Shake vigorously for ten to fifteen seconds. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top up with champagne. Garnish with a lemon spiral. Note: If you’re using Courvoisier in place of Hennessy, increase the amount to 1-1 / 2 ounces of cognac to balance the taste.

Simple peasy ideas with MINIMUM effort

Make your favorite flavor wrap by naming it RATION WRAPS.

Take a bowl of your favorite snack mix and label it BATTLE MIX

Make brownies and call them BATTLESHIP BROWNIES

They call cookies of all tastes SEAWORTHY SUGAR COOKIES, SNEAK ATTACK SNICKERDOODLES, ETC. You can be as creative as you want.

Make one of your favorite tailgate treats and come up with a fun and creative military-inspired name.

You can make camouflage cupcakes downstairs or buy some camouflage baking cups and some army men and put them on top of your favorite cupcake.

Camouflage cupcakes

Instructions for camouflage cupcakes:

1) First you need to prepare both the chocolate and white cake batter.

2) Then divide the chocolate into two bowls and the white into two bowls.

3) Leave one of the chocolate shells alone, it will be the darkest brown.

4) Add a few tablespoons of white batter to the other chocolate batter until it is a slightly lighter shade of brown.

5) Leave one of the bowls of white batter alone and color the other green.

* These are of course all just instructions! Feel free to go for different shades of green if you’d rather no brown or white …

6) Line cupcake tins with cupcake wrappers (or grease if you don’t use wrappers).

7) That’s the fun part! Using squeeze bottles is probably the easiest, cleanest way to pour some of any color of batter into the cupcake tins, but we found measuring cups or spoons worked well. The point is to add a little of each of your four colors to the can to create a camouflage pattern. We often poured two colors at a time about halfway through the cupcake tin and then added some of the other two colors. Once you’ve made a pair you will definitely get the hang of it!

8) Bake cupcakes according to the instructions and let them cool down.

On the menu

Hope you enjoyed the tailgate recipes this season, and added some new goodies to your arsenal. Have fun with the Army-Navy game this weekend. It’s one of my favorite games of the year. Stay tuned for some playoff goodies.

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