Are you ready for some football? Get game day ready by crafting your own FANTail and celebrate your team by drinking in your team colors! I am celebrating my favorite team and football fans everywhere in collaboration with Smirnoff Ice and have handcrafted a delicious cocktail that changes from gorgeous gold to a roaring red, right before your eyes. This recipe is so simple to make, requires very little prep and very few ingredients.
Craft your own FANTail and simply choose a different garnish and if you prefer, change up the mixer and this recipe will work for many of the other teams as well! I will give you some suggestions below.
Sweetened Lime Juice
Peppermint Hard Candy
Red Hots or other Cinnamon Hard Candy
INSTRUCTIONS // Makes 1-2 servings – increase by the number of drinks desired.
Begin by crushing the peppermint candy and red hots into fine pieces. A plastic bag wrapped in a towel is helpful for this and the closer to being ‘sugar-like’, the better.
Brush the rim of your glass with sweetened lime juice using a pastry brush or clean fingertips and pour your crushed candy dust onto a flat saucer sized plate. Swirl your glass so that it coats the very top on both the inside and outside.
If you want to make a large batch, I suggest skipping the ice and instead place the ice into each glass as they are served. For individually made drinks, add several pieces of ice to your shaker.
Using a shaker, add 2- 3 ice cubes and pour in one bottle of Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice.
Add a half jigger of mint syrup.
Give your drink a healthy swirl to mix… but do NOT shake – the Moscow Mule is carbonated.
Remove the top of the top of your shaker and strain into your glass. Add ice to your glass before serving if needed, though your drink will be very cold from being in the shaker.
Your FANTail will begin as a lovely shade of gold.
Garnish with several red hots candies and sprinkle a bit of your crushed red hots on top.
Watch your drink turn the most gorgeous shade of red. This is the Game Changer my friends… from gold to red and from sweet to spiced!
Suggestions for other candy garnish and mixer flavors //
Red // Strawberry, Watermelon or Cherry Jolly Ranchers / Dehydrated Strawberries
Orange // Mango / Peach / Ginger
Yellow // Lemon Drops / Pineapple
Green // Apple Jolly Ranchers / Mint or Lime Lifesavers
Blue // Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers
Purple // Grape Jolly Ranchers