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Whiskey Cocktails Perfect for Every NFL Tailgate

Old Fashioned whiskey cocktail

Old Fashioned whiskey cocktail

Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here, and with it comes the time-honored tradition of tailgating. Since games have varied kickoff times — which dictate the setting, food and especially beverages of choice — we picked three easy-to-make whiskey cocktails that can be enjoyed regardless of when the opening whistle blows.

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Kentucky Sunrise

0.5 part grenadine
1 part Jim Beam Bourbon
3 parts orange juice
Orange slice

Directions: Pour Jim Beam Bourbon and orange juice over ice in a tall highball glass. Float the grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice.

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Templeton Lemonade

2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey 
0.5 oz. Triple Sec 
Splash lemon lime soda 
1/2 lemon 

Directions: In a mixing glass, squeeze juice from half a lemon and add spirits. Next, add ice, lemonade and splash of lemon lime soda. Cover with mixing tin and shake once to incorporate. Garnish with lemon.

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Single Barrel Old Fashioned

6 parts Jack Daniel's Single Barrel
1 part simple syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange peel
1 maraschino cherry

Directions: Muddle orange peel, cherry, simple syrup and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Add ice and stir in part of the Single Barrel until it dilutes. Keep adding Single Barrel and ice. Garnish with orange peel and cherry (optional).