Big League Beverages

With the weather lately, it seems like Cincinnati went right from winter to summer and skipped spring altogether. Since one of Tina’s favorite things to do during the summer is sit on the porch, drink adult beverages, and listen to Marty and the Cowboy on 700WLW,  the RR crew has compiled a list of Reds-themed cocktails to sip as you sit outside and enjoy Cincinnati Reds baseball. Some of them are delicious, others are clever, and some should be consumed at your own risk, but if you enjoy the Reds and drinking, try some of our recipes! Most of the drinks on this list are alcoholic and should only be made and consumed by people who are of legal drinking age, but we’ve also included some non-alcoholic options for youngsters, designated drivers, and teetotalers.

(Keep in mind that Tina is a college student and therefore loves strong drinks. You may adjust the amounts of alcohol in the recipe to your tastes.)

MIGGARITIA

Named after our utility infielder, Miguel Cairo, the Miggarita is the perfect drink for a hot, summer day.

What you need:

3 parts lime juice
1 part orange juice
2 parts tequila
Sugar to taste
Salt
Ice

Combine lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and sugar and blend with ice. Rim the glass with salt and serve. You may also forgo the blending and serve over ice.

COCO’S SOCO

We know from spending an evening with Francisco Cordero that his drink of choice is Hennessy, but come on – if your nickname is “CoCo,” you can’t ignore such a fabulous rhyme.

What you need:

4 parts Southern Comfort
2 parts lime juice
Ice

Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Serve over ice. If it is a little strong, add a splash of lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or 7-Up).

STUBBS ON THE BEACH

What lady or gay guy wouldn’t love to catch a glimpse of Drew Stubbs at the beach? It’s highly unlikely, especially in Cincinnati, but you can certainly sip this exotic variation of Sex on the Beach and daydream.

What you need:

2 parts vodka
1 part peach schnapps
2 parts cranberry juice
2 parts pineapple juice
Ice

Combine ingredients in a shaker and serve in a chilled glass.

MONIE’S MINT MOJITO

 This drink is a little difficult for amateur bartenders, but with a little hard work and persistence, you can turn a few simple ingredients into a grand slam, in the style of our cutest catcher, Ramon “Monie” Hernandez.

What you need:

4 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
2 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz. lime vodka
3 oz. club soda
Ice

Drop the lime wedges, mint, and sugar (in that order) into a highball glass. Using a wooden spoon, the handle of an ice cream scoop, or a muddler (if you’re a fancy bartender and have one of those), crush the juice out of the limes and the natural oils out of the mint. Once that is done, add the rum, schnapps, and vodka. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the glass with ice and add the club soda. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.

GOOSE JUICE

In our undying mission to make “Goose” Paul Janish’s nickname, we figured there is no better way to spread the word than by attaching it to a delicious beverage. That way, you can have conversations that sound like this:
Friend: What are you drinking?
You: Goose Juice. It’s a Cincinnati Reds-themed cocktail.
F: Goose? What does that have to do with the Reds?
Y: Goose is Paul Janish’s nickname.
F: Oh, what a cool nickname! Goose should be playing shortstop every day, don’t you think?
Y: Heck yes!

I digress. What you need:

2 parts vodka (You can use Grey Goose if you can afford it, but cheap stuff is fine too.)
3 parts Cran-Cherry juice
1 part watermelon schnapps
Ice

Combine all  ingredients and blend or shake and serve over ice.

HOMER BAILEY’S

We’d bet money that Homer isn’t really a Bailey’s guy, but really, who can pass up a milkshake, especially when it’s laced with alcohol?

What you need:

1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Creme

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.

BP COLADA

The best second baseman in all of  Major League Baseball and close personal friend of the Rockin’ Redlegs crew does not drink, so in the spirit of Brandon Phillips, we’ve concocted this virgin pina colada.

7 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. coconut cream
Ice

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to desired consistency. Serve as is or add light rum to bring it to the next level!

JOEY VODKA: MVP

We’ve designed this drink to be taken as a shot, in honor of the 2010 National League MVP, partly because after a few, all you’ll be able to do is chant “MVP, MVP, MVP!”

What you need:

1 shot Midori
1 shot Vodka
1 shot Pineapple juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until adequately chilled. Pour into three 1 oz. shot glasses and share with friends. Or, if the Reds lost, keep it all for yourself.

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY

We’re not sure what Scott Rolen likes to drink, but if we had to fathom a guess, Scooter seems like a bourbon guy. So, if you want to drink like Scott, you’ll have a Jim Beam, Up. For those not familiar, go ahead and shake Jim Beam with ice, strain it into a glass and enjoy!

THE DESIGNATED HITTER

Granted, the Reds (or any of the National League teams) do not have a designated hitter. In fact, we here at Rockin’ Redlegs operate under the Crash Davis belief that “there should be a constitutional amendment outlawing…the designated hitter.” But, if you’re the designated driver, the designated hitter is the drink for you.

What you need:

1 part Sprite
1 part cranberry juice

Combine and serve over ice for a refreshing and delicious summer drink!

JONNY’S SOLO JACK

See what we did there? Jonny Gomes is your standard tough guy, and Jonny’s Solo Jack is the perfect drink for those who want to be as tough as Jonny.

What you need:

Jack Daniels
Clean Rocks

Put the rocks in the freezer. You can pick up cleaned, decorative rocks at any hardware store.  Once the rocks are as cold as possible, put the rocks in a glass and pour as much Jack Daniels as you’d like. This way, you have Jack Daniels on the rocks, in true Jonny Gomes style. Jonny would probably chew the rocks like ice when his Jack Daniels is gone, but we don’t recommend this.

BRUCE’S BOMB

You can’t make a list of alcoholic bevvies without including a bomb. And, since Jay Bruce is the one who is currently leading the team in bombs, it only seemed appropriate to honor him with a deliciously effective bomb.

What you need:

2 oz. Blue Raspberry vodka
1 1/2 oz. Red Bull

Using a bomb shot glass (found here or at any liquor store), pour the vodka in the center cup and fill the outside cup with Red Bull. Drink as fast as possible and party hard.

ROSIE RED’S GOING, GOING, GONE

Rosie Red is a classy lady, but we definitely think that sometimes even Rosie needs to let her hair down and get wasted. This drink is called “Going, going, gone” because on the first, you’ll be going, on the second, you’ll be going, and by the third, you’ll be gone.

What you need:

1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. 151 rum
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. lime juice
8 oz. Red Bull
1 tsp grenadine

Fill a glass with ice and add all of the alcohol. Top with Red Bull and grenadine and enjoy – but be careful!

SAM’S LECURE

After a long night of partaking in any or all of these Reds-themed cocktails, you’ll probably be hurting in the morning. Luckily, Sam’s LeCure will provide the right (mustache) hair of the dog to get you back to normal!

1 oz. vodka
3 oz. tomato juice
2 dashes hot sauce
1 dash worcester sauce
Lemon juice
Salt
Pepper
Celery

Combine all ingredients over ice and garnish/stir with celery. Drink this and you’ll be ready to play a doubleheader in no time!

We hope you enjoyed our list of Reds-themed cocktails and will serve them at your next Reds get-together!


5 Comments

Awesome list! So creative! The goose one made me laugh… :)

Actually had a bartender make the Joey Vodka: MVP Friday night, and it’s pretty good. Love the funky green color!

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