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World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

Have you ever been to a cocktail party? According to America's #1 source for credible information (Wikipedia, y'all), a cocktail party is "a party at which cocktails are served." Well, duh. And for those of you not in the know, a Cocktail is that movie where Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue tugged at my heartstrings.

Spoiler alert: Picture taken right before he jumped up on the bar and started shouting about his love for cocktails. Photo: Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images

Well there are cocktails and cocktail parties, and then there's the annual Georgia vs. Florida game down in Jacksonville, FL. Dubbed "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" back in the 1950s, this rivalry brings thousands of fans together for one hellacious tailgating experience. Bulldog fans will be serving up a hefty helping of gator prepared every conceivable way, and Florida fans…probably will too. Gator is d-licious!

Even though this year's game looks from an eye test point of view to be a mismatch (if you've ever listened to Early Cuyler anyway), who knows how this one will shake out. Florida will be looking to Admiral Ackbar Georgia's victory lap towards Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game, while the Dawgs plan to pile on Will Muschamp's terrible, terrible season. (AUTHOR'S NOTE: If you think two terribles are excessive, you obviously didn't see the Missouri game.) I'm taking the Bulldogs this game, if for no other reason than I really love puppy dog kisses.

What is it the kids are saying these days? Oh, yeah... I can't even. Photo: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

The Sun Also Rises Couple things led me to this selection. The first being that it's the world's largest outdoor cocktail party, so why would we not make cocktails? The second is that, though Florida might get stomped, the sun also rises another day on the defeated. Hemingway would approve. Whip this cocktail up and snap some pics, or show us what other deliciousness your cooking up for the Halloween tailgating weekend. Have a great one! Cheers.

Simple syrup:

The Sun Also Rises. Photo: Brian Woodcock

2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup water
Cocktail:
3 ounces prosecco or other dry sparkling wine
1 1/2 tablespoons Plymouth Sloe Gin
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons absinthe
3 drops Peychaud's bitters

1. To prepare simple syrup, combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir until sugar dissolves; cool.

2. To prepare the cocktail, pour 3 ounces sparkling wine into a Champagne flute. Combine sloe gin, juice, and absinthe in a martini shaker with ice. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons simple syrup; reserve remaining simple syrup for another use. Shake. Strain into flute; top with bitters.