It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, Thursday marks the start of the 2017 NFL season and what better way to bring in one of the most important holidays in the USA, than to say cheers and down some shots.  So, we here in the lab have compiled a list of five shots that are prefect for bringing in the new season on Opening Day.


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1oz Vodka

.5oz Triple Sec

.5oz Lemon Juice


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.5oz Kahlua

.5oz Bailey’s

.5oz Amaretto


The Long-Face Dove

Lab Rating: 3.5 out 5

Although, this cocktail punch has a funny name and we here in the lab aren’t quite sure how the name relates to the actual cocktail itself, with Fall quickly approaching this is a great punch cocktail to enjoy with friends after a hard day at work to enjoy the last days of Summer.  This punch cocktail is a smooth drink that is meant to be enjoyed at a slow pace and does well as a drink that one can enjoy while recapping the day with colleagues and/or friends.  While the main ingredient in this cocktail is Tequila, the addition of grapefruit and lime juice does a great job at tempering the taste of the Tequila for those individuals that might be leery of Tequila cocktails. We here in the lab found this cocktail to be pleasantly smooth, enjoyable (especially with Tacos), and easy to make.  This is a cocktail for those that want to relax and enjoy the evening and while we here in the lab did get a nice buzz after finishing the pitcher, for those looking for a party cocktail punch you would be better off trying something else.  This is a cocktail that will be enjoyed a few more times before Fall completely sets in.  Give this cocktail a try before closing out this Summer 17!


  • Tequila Silver
  • Campari
  • 5oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 5oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ginger Beer


Combine Tequila, Campari, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice, and simple syrup into an ice filled serving pitcher.  Then add Ginger Beer and stir gently.  Pour into an ice filled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

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The Brave Bull

Lab rating: 4 out 5

The Brave Bull is an easy tequila and Kahlua cocktail that packs a punch and just so happens to be a favorite amongst my colleagues here in the lab, especially with my lead lab tech Hilary.  The Brave Bull is a cocktail that goes down smooth and can usually have a grown man like myself off to dream land by their 3rd glass.  Although, the Brave Bull can pack a sneaky punch one can find comfort in the fact that this is a cocktail that can be enjoyed without the worry of waking up with a nasty hangover.  I would highly recommend this cocktail as a before bed nightcap or mid-night insomnia cure but would suggest that you leave it out of your pregame ritual or weekend turn-up rotation.  If you are a fan of tequila and or coffee liquor the Brave Bull will not disappoint.  Go ahead and give this cocktail a try, it’s too easy to make not to.


  • 2oz.  Tequila Silver
  • 1oz.  Kahlúa


Combine all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail glass and stir.