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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Elevated Game Day Recipes from L.A. Jackson

At L.A. Jackson, the bustling rooftop bar at Thompson Nashville, Lead Bartender Sally Gatza says large format cocktails are the way to go during games. “You can prep in advance and make big batches so you can enjoy the game too. Find a pretty vessel to put it in and your guests will be very impressed.” The Drink 182 (Yields 10-12 cocktails) features a boozy concoction of Cathead vodka, Pimm’s, raspberry syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, ginger syrup, rosé, and club sodas.

Executive Chef Nathan Duensing says dips and finger foods are perfect for game day because they don’t require silverware and plates, and guests can graze throughout the game. But dips don’t have to mean unhealthy. The scrumptious Deviled Shrimp Dip is a creamy seafood dip that Duensing recommends serving with endive and garnishing with caviar for a sophisticated and unique alternative to traditional dips.

Deviled Shrimp Dip

Yield 6 Quarts or 30 Portions



1 flat Eggs

2 cup Mayonnaise

½ cup Creole Mustard

½ cup Dijon Mustard

1 cup Capers, drained

6 ea Celery, stalks small-diced

2 ea Red Onions, small-diced

2tsp.Cayenne Pepper

2 tsp. Paprika

1 Tbsp. Sriracha

1 Tbsp. Crystal Hot Sauce

2 Tbsp. Parsley, minced

To Taste Salt

To Taste Black Pepper, ground

Optional fish roe and scallions for garnish

Endive or crackers for serving


Hard boil the eggs.

Once the eggs are cool, peel them and separate the whites from the yolks.

Puree the yolks,mayonnaise, and two mustards in the food processor.

Dice the egg whites.

Place the egg whites, shrimp and the remaining ingredients in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Fold half of the yolk mixture into the shrimp and egg whites.

Continue to add yolk mixture until the shrimp and egg whites are generously coated (there should be some yolk mixture left over).

Taste to check Seasoning.

Label properly and refrigerate. (Shelf Life is 4-days Max!!)

DRINK 182 (Large Format)

Yields: 10-12 Cocktails


10oz Cathead Vodka

5oz Pimm’s

5oz Raspberry Syrup

2½oz Lime Juice

7½oz Grapefruit Juice

2½oz Ginger Syrup

15oz Rosé Club Soda,to top

Method: Combine all ingredients in large pitcher. Serve over ice


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