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Cocktail Thursday: Ole Miss Edition

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If your Georgia Bulldogs have managed to stumble, bumble, and trip into a 3-0 record, but now hit the road to take on a battle-tested SEC opponent with its back against the wall and a lot to prove, you could probably use a drink. I can help.

I’m not going to lie to you, gang. I’m scared to death of this one. I’ve watched Ole Miss face off against Florida State and Alabama and yes I know they lost both of those games. The thing is, eventually, this explosive Ole Miss team is going to learn to keep the foot on the gas. If it’s this weekend, we’re in trouble. Like, a 7.5 point spread won’t even be close to enough.

On the other hand Ole Miss fans are a little restless over this start, despite the fact that some of the more sage observers among them warned that this was going to happen. I’m not sure how they’ll turn out for an 11:00 a.m. start. And I’m not sure how the fans or the Rebels themselves will react if Georgia manages to jump out to a lead.

I tend to think that may be Georgia’s best bet to keep this one competitive. But getting out to an early lead isn’t going to be enough. A team as explosive as this Ole Miss squad is not out of the game until it’s over. This game is going to be a full 60 minute affair.

If you’re looking for a drink that can keep you in the game until the final whistle, buddy have I got the cocktail for you: Bourbon-ade. It’s the refreshment of lemonade, with the dulling effects of bourbon. There’s also caffeine. That doesn’t hurt.

Start by brewing a half gallon of strong sweetened ice tea. Mix in a 12 ounce can of frozen lemonade concentrate, an extra 1⁄2 cup of sugar, 6 cups of water, and a 750 mL bottle of your favorite bourbon (I wouldn’t go with the Pappy on this one. Go further down shelf.) Stir to combine and serve over ice. Enjoy.*

This will also be the open thread for this evening’s Clemson/Georgia Tech matchup. Let’s see how Clemson does facing the triple option on a short week of practice. As Spencer Hall, the most famous Tech alum I know not named Jeff Foxworthy pointed out:

Yup, sounds about right. Until later, y’all save me some bourbon-ade, and . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

*This recipe obviously makes enough to feed every bag man and SUV-leasing uncle at your tailgate. But if this one goes as I fear it will, you’re all going to need it.