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How great is this time of year?  Every weekend there are gridiron battles in the greatest Southern towns.  Fanatical fans, hopeful alumni, pledges guarding seats adorn the football stadiums, and the play on the field will be discussion on sports talk radio and around the water cooler for the next few months. 


There’s nothing like seeing a live college football game.  TV coverage gets better and better, but it will never replace being there, and the impact to ALL the senses.  We’ve dug through the schedules, and come up with the perfect road trip that hits all the right towns for all the right games.  Gas up and let’s go:


September 3rd: Clemson vs. Auburn in Auburn, Alabama.  It could be argued that Auburn is the best SEC campus for tailgating.  With that said, start the road trip out right.  This should be a better game than most are giving credit.  Prediction: Clemson rolls 41-23.


September 10th:  NC State vs. East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina.  DO NOT SLEEP on Greenville, NC, folks.  It is as good a college football environment as there is.  Not to mention there is plenty of good golf…and BBQ.


September 17th: Alabama vs. Ole Miss at Oxford, Mississippi.  The ‘Frat Bowl’.  Alabama will be #1 or #2 in the country, and Ole Miss will be fighting off sanctions.  It’ll be a great game on the field, but Bama pulls ahead in the 4th quarter and wins by 10. 


September 24th: Florida vs. Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.  No football season road trip is complete without a trip to Knoxville.  Take a boat if you can…  The SEC East is going to be very fun to watch this year, and the winner of this game will get a quick upper hand.  The Gators steal one in Knoxville.


October 1st:  Georgia Tech vs. Miami in Miami, Florida.  This could end up being a great game.  Add that to a late fall beach trip where you could get out and do some fishing as well…take advantage!


October 8th:  Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  This trip is as much about enjoying Chapel Hill as it is seeing a football game.  It’s a must-see on any southern road trip.


October 15th:  Missouri vs. Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  Even though the Gators are going to stomp Missouri, seeing a game in The Swamp is a memory worth making. 


October 22nd:  North Carolina vs. Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This is the highly educated bowl.  Immerse in the culture, and the beauty of Charlottesville.  You’ll put this one on your list every year.


October 29th:  Clemson vs. Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida.  This is the biggest ACC game of 2016.   Both teams should come into this game undefeated, and it will be a very high scoring affair.  Tallahassee will measure on the Richter scale.  Clemson wins by a touchdown.


November 5th:  Alabama vs. LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This is the biggest SEC game of 2016, and it’s in the loudest stadium in the Southeast.  The winner of this game has the inside track to represent the SEC West in Atlanta.  It’s impossible to predict this game.  Impossible.


November 12th:  Auburn vs. Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  How does heading to the greatest college football town in the south to see the South’s oldest rivalry sound?  The game is good, but it gives you a chance to stop in Onward Reserve’s first store.


November 19th:  Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.  This one is for the trip to Nashville.  What a great town, and Vandy is positioned just right.   Ole Miss will bring a huge crowd, and downtown will be rocking.


November 26th: Auburn vs. Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  This has become the Mecca of college football.  With all of Saban’s success and all the championships, this place is what winning feels like in 2016.  Pay homage. 


December 3rd: The SEC Championship in Atlanta.  The city does an excellent job of hosting the most important conference championship in the country.  Not to mention that both of these teams may very well make it to the final four…


What did we miss?  Where are you heading this fall?

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Smoked Georgia Red Hot Wings

9/2/2016 10:46 AM


College Football and cookouts go hand in hand.  Since toe meets leather this weekend, let’s get going on a new recipe that is perfect for the Big Green Egg.


The Georgia Red Hot Wings are a delicious version of “hot” wings that aim to please.  They are hot, but it’s a savory heat, not the Hooters version of heat.  These wings are strong – they are the centerpiece of an excellent spread for your family and friends this time of year.




1 Cup soy sauce

¾ Cup water

½ Cup Texas Pete’s hot sauce

½ Cup lemon juice

1 ¼ Cup Hot & Spicy V8 Juice

4 Pounds Chicken Wings (jointed)




  1. Cut the wings apart at the joints, discarding the tips.
  2. Combine marinade ingredients in a large container with a lid and place all the wings in the container making sure they are all covered with marinade.


***It is best to let the wings marinate in the refrigerator overnight***


  1. Remove the wings from the marinade and sprinkle with your favorite chicken rub seasoning.
  2. Grill indirect on your smoker at about 350 degrees for 15 to 30 minutes on each side.  If grilling directly, monitor very closely and turn every ten minutes.  These are best eaten a little crisp; so let them cook for about an hour.


Serves 6-8 people (depending on the appetite)


Serve these with a chunky blue cheese dip, but go easy – they are excellent without any help.  On the side, a vinegar-based potato salad will cool off your palate.  Have some celery sticks to eat up the rest of the blue cheese, and good beer to wash it all down, and you are in business.    

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4th of July Cocktails

7/1/2016 10:20 AM


With the weekend of July 4th quickly approaching, it’s time to talk about seasonally appropriate 4th of July cocktails.  This is the day of celebrating America, so drink American-themed drinks.  There are so many good ones, from cocktails to punch, just be careful.  Day drinking has rules.  Here are five of our favorite libations for the 4th:


Born Free


1½ oz. vodka

1 oz. watermelon schnapps

½ oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

¼ oz. blue curacao

Soda water




To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved over low medium-low heat. Chill to cool.

This is a three-layer beverage: red, white, and blue. Combine the chilled simple syrup with watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice over ice. This is the red. Carefully add lemon, simple syrup, and vodka to create the white layer, then very carefully add the blue curacao to create the final, blue layer, and gently top with soda. Yum!



Red Hound


2 oz. vodka

¼ oz. Maraschino Luxardo

1½ oz. grapefruit juice

Splash simple syrup

Garnish: grapefruit wedge




Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.


Red, White, & Blueberry


4 oz. Maker's Mark Bourbon

¼ c. lime juice

¼ c. lemon juice

½ c. orange juice

1 oz. simple syrup

4 mint leaves

Splash club soda

Garnish: mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries




Combine juices, bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and add a splash of soda. Garnish with mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.


Patriot Punch


2 parts Whiskey

1 part Apricot Brandy

1 part Cranberry Juice

2 parts Champagne

Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced)




To Serve As A Punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Whiskey, Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in red wine glasses.




Cardboard box with 12 cans of all-American goodness




Pour cans into a cooler.  Cover with ice and allow time to chill.  Serve with a koozie.



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The American flag has been our symbol of unity and strength for 240 years.  Displaying the flag is a source of American pride and inspiration for all citizens.  It is the symbol of the ‘shining city on the hill’.  The flag itself has a unique history, which started back in 1776.  On January 1st, 1776, a Congressional resolution was passed which reorganized the Continental Army under George Washington’s control.  It was a bad day for American forces, as they were under siege by the British Army in Boston.  Washington ordered the Grand Union flag, which had 13 alternating red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner, to be raised above his base at Prospect Hill.


Later that year, in May, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.  The next year, in June, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act:


“Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation”. 


This established the official flag for the new nation.


Since then, Congress has passed 26 acts that changed the shape, design, and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect each new state.


Today’s flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21st, 1959, and consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red and six white.  The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies, and the stars represent each of the 50 states of the Union.  The colors are symbolic as well:


“Old Glory” Red symbolizes hardiness and valor

White symbolizes purity and innocence

“Old Glory” Blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice


There is flag etiquette that should be followed out of respect for our nation’s greatest symbol:

  • The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground
  • If the flag is flown at night, it should be illuminated
  • The flag should be repaired or replaced if it becomes tattered
  • The flag is not to adorn anything that is intended to be discarded after temporary use
  • When the flag is displayed on the side of a vehicle, the canton (the stars) should point towards the front of the vehicle, as if the flag is streaming backward as the vehicle moves forward.


The flag is displayed at half-mast as a sign of respect or mourning. 


The American flag is known by many nicknames: “Stars and Stripes”, “the Star-Spangled Banner”, and “Old Glory”. 


Be a proud American and show the flag its due respect.  Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, put your hand over your heart during the “Star-Spangled Banner”, and shake a veteran’s hand.  They, as well as many of our forefathers, fought and died so we can have those freedoms.

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Best Summer Cocktails

6/7/2016 3:47 PM


It’s fair to say that almost any cocktail will be refreshing and thirst quenching in the hot summer months. Whether you are grilling, hanging out on the beach, or enjoying a patio, some combinations of ingredients do a better job than others.


Sweet and fruity drinks are the most popular this time of year, and for good reason. They have a light and refreshing quality that is desired when the mercury is above 80…. much more so than heavier and darker libations. That goes for beer, too. Lighter beers will do more for your thirst than their darker, bolder cousins.


Here are six sure-fire cocktails that will be sure to please anyone this summer:


1. Margarita – The components of a classic margarita are tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. How you mix them is the difference between a good drink and a bad one. Here’s how to do it right:


1 ½ oz. tequila (100% agave tequila preferred)

1 ½ oz. triple sec or Cointreau

1 ¼ oz. of lime juice

Salt for the rim of the glass


Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into a glass over rocks in a cocktail glass, and use a slice of lime for garnish.


2. Mojito – The Mojito is another very popular summer drink, which relies on the mint for an extra punch of flavor. Be careful with these, as a few of these will catch up to you quickly.


2 mint sprigs, divided

¼ cup white rum

2 tablespoons simple syrup

1 tablespoon + ¾ tsp. lime juice

1 dash Angostura bitters


Muddle one mint sprig in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, and bitters. Fill with ice, cover, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an old fashion glass. Garnish with remaining mint sprig.


3. French 75 – Rather high-brow for a summer time cocktail, the French 75 is one of the most famous champagne and liquor cocktails. Very refreshing with a great aftertaste, these are perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Ladies love them. This recipe makes two:


2 ounces of gin

1 tsp. superfine sugar

½ oz. lemon juice

5 oz. Brut champagne

Add the gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into a Collins glass half full of cracked ice, and top off with champagne.


4. Sangria – The ultimate back porch drink. Sangria is served out of a pitcher to all the partygoers. It’s a delicious, fruity drink that goes best with sunshine and a good attitude. If you forget the good attitude, a couple of these will set you right.


1 (750ml) bottle red wine

¼ cup brandy

¼ cup orange flavored liqueur (triple sec or Grand Marnier)

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

2 tbsp fresh orange juice

¼ cup sugar

½ orange, thinly sliced

½ lemon, thinly sliced

1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges

1 (750ml) bottle of chilled sparkling water

Combine everything but the sparkling water in a large glass pitcher. Cover and chill completely, which will take about one to two hours. Add the sparkling water when you are ready to serve.


5. Gin & Tonic – There is nothing cooler than a G&T, especially during the summertime. The beauty is in the simplicity: three ingredients make one of the finest drinks ever concocted. They go down easy, and they taste great. A crowd pleaser.


3 oz. of good gin

4 oz. of good tonic water

2 lime wedges

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add the gin, then the tonic water, and the juice of one of the lime wedges. Stir well. Garnish with the second lime wedge, and serve immediately.


6. Transfusion- This cocktail was created on the golf course and is our founder, TJ Callaway's favorite summer cocktail.


3 oz. vodka

2 oz. grape juice

2 oz. ginger ale

1 lime

Combine all ingredients with crushed ice and add a squeeze of lime.


Cheers, Onward Reserve Gazette readers! What are you drinking this summer?

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