Game Day Punch is an easy to make concoction of an amber ale, pineapple juice, and a citrus-y soda that makes for the perfect game day or tailgating drink.
I love me an easy-to-make drink. Portland has some majorly talented
bartenders drink artists that use all sorts of weird ingredients and bitters. In fact, Portlandia did a great skit a few seasons ago that perfectly depicted this town’s bar scene. As much as I would like to put on a lab coat and look like a mad scientists when I’m making one of my tasty drinks, I just don’t have the time to extract my own black walnut bitters or candy the root of some foreign vegetable as garnish. I really like a drink that you can just pour into a glass and serve. I’ll even avoid shaking it in a cocktail shaker if I can get away with it, because one less dish to wash is one less dish to wash, wouldn’t you agree? This is one of those drinks. I just poured the ingredients into a glass and didn’t even stir it and it turned out perfectly.
I’m not a beer drinker. I like some hard alcohol (vodka, tequila, gin… not whiskey), wine, and hard ciders. But, despite always wanting to have developed a love of beer, I just don’t like it. Perhaps my distaste developed when I drank way too much cheap and disgusting beer in my younger years which always led me to 1) do incredibly stupid things and then 2) barf. I can tell you that when I took a local Amber Ale (because almost everything we do here in Portland is to support local businesses) and mixed it with delicious pineapple juice and some Hansen’s Mandarin Lime soda (because its made with sugar and not HFCS), I was pleasantly surprised with how good it tasted. The juice and soda really lightened up the bitterness of the beer and I honestly think that other beer dis-likers like me would enjoy this drink. The fact that I found this really cool football glass made it taste even better.
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) lemon lime or mandarin lime soda
- 12 ounce beer (amber ale)
- For a single serving, add pineapple juice and soda to a large glass, top with beer, serve.
- If tailgating or making for a crowd, increase ratio of ingredients to fill pitcher or punch bowl. Don't forget the red solo cups to complete the effect.