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Pairing Your Drink for the Big Backyard Game

If you’re like many Americans and people around the world, you’ve been looking for ways to socialize and have a good time while keeping in line with six-foot distancing protocols. Luckily, backyard games can give everyone a much-needed outlet for entertainment and recreation in an environment that’s safer than a packed club or bar. Here, Banko Beverage Co., a prominent beverage distributor in the Greater Lehigh Valley area, provides suggestions on pairing alcohol with sporting events that take place in your very own backyard.

Cocktails for Cornhole

The first backyard game that often comes to mind is cornhole. In this tossing competition, players alternate throwing small, color-coordinated pouches of corn kernels or beans with the goal of having them land in the holes of an angled raised platform. Each pouch that makes it into a hole is worth three points, while the ones that land on the platform are worth one.

We might be biased, but we believe any game of cornhole can be taken to the next level when paired with the right beverage. Next time you play a game, consider preparing one of these cocktails to enjoy while competing:Seagrams Escapes beverages

Seagram’s Tropical Rosé Sparkler

The Seagram’s Escapes line of malt beverages offers a variety of flavors and a light alcohol content to add a refreshing twist to any cornhole game. When the competition heats up, we love this recipe for a Seagram’s Tropical Rosé Sparkler. Here’s how to make a pitcher or punch bowl of your own:

  1. Combine four cans of Seagram’s Escapes Tropical Rosé with 6 oz. of vodka, 1 cup of sparkling wine, and 1 cup of watermelon juice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Add lime slices, watermelon balls, and dragon fruit cubes.
  4. Serve over ice.

Smirnoff Ice Smash CansSmirnoff SMASH

Don’t have the time or energy to mix up a concoction? Try ready-to-drink Smirnoff SMASH Malt Beverage. They’re available in a variety of refreshingly paired flavors and come in convenient cans that stay cooler for longer than options in glass bottles.  From Peach/Mango to Blue Raspberry/Blackberry, these bold 8% flavor fusions will be the SMASH hit wherever you go!

Brews for Flag Football

In the United States especially, it’s common to find families and friend groups with a passion for football, and many of them enjoy playing the flag version when hanging out at home. Fall-themed brews and beverages immediately come to mind to complement this backyard sporting event. When hosting your own socially distanced, masked game of flag football, try these suggestions:


Hemptails CansCan of Cream AleIt’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like football and even harder to find someone who dislikes a FIFCO USA beer brand. The beverage powerhouse is home to Seagram’s Escapes, Genesee Brewing Company, Hemptails, and many other crowd-pleasing products sure to enhance the mood of any flag football game.

Vermont Cider Co.

Woodchuck Amber Ale Cider Bottle Magner's Irish Cider Bottle

Hard cider and backyard football are synonymous with fall, but this awesome combination can be enjoyed year-round. Vermont Cider Co. offers a wide range of options like Woodchuck and Magners, ranging from sweet and tart to light and crisp, to provide the ideal refreshment during an intense battle on the backyard gridiron.

How to Stock Up in the Greater Lehigh Valley

Social distancing protocols will be in place for the foreseeable future, so it’s wise to stock up on your favorite alcohol for sporting events to be held in your backyard. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Banko Beverage Co. is regarded as the area’s beer experts, supplying local grocery and convenience stores, gas stations, retail distributors, and many other businesses with mouthwatering beverage options. To learn more about our products or where we distribute, contact us today.

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