Beyonce Week: Food and drink suggestions for your concert tailgate
You’ve got the concert ticket, the outfit, the diva attitude. Now, in order to properly usher in the biggest concert of the year on Friday, you need flawless tailgate food Bey would approve of. Here are some ideas. Make these for your pre-concert festivities, or serve them at the Beyonce-themed party you’re throwing to make yourself feel better about the fact you didn’t get a ticket to the show.
Drunk in Love
A cocktail fit for a Queen (B) must include Champagne. Mix that with Beyonce's new HBO special Lemonade (more on that below), and we’ve got the beginnings of a refreshing tailgate drink. Try a spin on Blueberry Lemonade. Start with 2 cups lemonade, homemeade or store-bought. Add 2 pints blueberries that have been pureed and strained and 1/2 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur (optional). Mix well, then top with 2 cups Champagne or sparkling wine. Alternatively, you could pour the mixture into smaller glasses before topping with Champagne. If you want to take it up another notch, make a Bourbon-Spiked Lemonade. Mix 2 cups lemonade with 1/2 cup orange juice and 3/4 cup bourbon in a large container, then add fresh orange and lemon slices. Serve into individual glasses, filling half full. Top with Champagne or club soda.
Need some true inspo? In Lemonade, the documentary/album announcement/opus Beyonce released Saturday, she offers an actual lemonade recipe. Her grandmother's, to be exact. Here it is:
Take one pint of water, add half pound of sugar, the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon, pour the water from one jug, then into the other, several times. Strain through a clean napkin.
Grandmother, the alchemist, you spun gold out of this hard life. Conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You passed these instructions down to your daughter, who then passed it down to her daughter.
That Time Bey Went Vegan
Pay tribute to 22 Days Nutrition, an organic, vegan, gluten-free meal delivery service Beyonce created with her trainer Macro Borges after going vegan for 22 days with hubby Jay-Z back in 2013. Get the tailgate going with some vegan finger foods. We promise, that doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds. Make Roasted Red Pepper Dip by whizzing a jar of roasted red peppers in a food processor with 1 cup golden raisins, 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons capers (optional), lots of salt and pepper, and a splash of red wine vinegar. Or try a similarly simple White Bean Dip by combining 2 cans (15.5-ounce cans) cannellini beans, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup water and 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary in a food processor and mixing until smooth. Serve both with lots of bread and crackers. For some crunching action, make Baked Plantain Chips. Peel and thinly slice 2 pounds plantains, then toss with 1/4 cup vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes, until crispy.
But Also Pizza
Okay, enough of that. Beyonce also eats pizza. In fact, it’s one of the few food photos she’s posted on Instagram this past year, so it must be a fave. We don’t blame her; that thin crust pie dotted with mushrooms looks divine, and like it should be a crucial part of any tailgate.
Put an (Onion) Ring On It
In honor of Bey’s most inspiring anthem, gather up some food shaped like rings. The obvious choice here is onion rings; their greasy, crispy nature makes them tailgate-ready. Other options include donuts, pretzel rings, Ring Pops, and anything else a four-year-old might eat off their finger.
Blue Ivy Cupcakes
Channel your inner kid and make rainbow cupcakes, your version of the rainbow layer cake Beyonce and Jay Z’s kid enjoyed on her third birthday. To make, mix up whatever version of vanilla cake batter you want (boxed, homemade, etc.), then portion it out into 6 smaller bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl, so that you have a red, an orange, a yellow, a green, a blue and a purple hue. Pour into cupcake tins and bake, then top with vanilla frosting.