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Tailgating Tips: the Waffle House Shot (Plus, Some Advise on Dealing with Atlanta)

*First of all, we cannot take credit for "creating" this shot. Our bartender friend Jamie introduced us to it. We ordered because it intrigued us and because she reassured us it truly tasted like waffles with butter and syrup.

We are serious about Auburn and we are serious about our tailgating. Our tailgating pass only allows us to drive on certain streets on campus until 8:00 AM so we are usually in our tent in our respective chairs by 7:55 AM. A certain writer for this blog is known for pouring his first whiskey and Coke at 7:56 AM, no sooner, no later. It is the start to a very long day ...

Saturdays in the South are special but they should start off like any other ordinary day, with the most important meal of the day - breakfast. We always have Chick Fil-A Chicken Minis delivered. For the first few games, this was sufficient. However it always felt like something was missing. Cue the fateful night Jamie mixed that magical elixir for us. We knew we were on to something.

The shot is nothing short of brilliant, full of butter and maple with an ever so slight waffle twinge. It is a little sweet so we caution you to only serve a round or two and then be done with it. It started off as just a novelty in the tent but quickly became a signature for us. If you stopped by the tent for the first time, we encouraged you to have one. I personally love it because it is so simple to make. Without further ado, here is the recipe.

1 part Jameson

1 part butterscotch schnapps

Chase with a bit of OJ

Important things to note - we have never used anything other than Jameson so if you sub it out for another whiskey, I cannot guarantee the integrity of the butter-maple-waffle taste. We generally use Dekuyper Buttershots, not because it is better than any other butterscotch schnapps but probably because it was available in a larger size. Use the cheapest orange juice you can find, like the no name stuff from the gas station that may or may not even be made from oranges. Don't skip the chaser - it is what brings everything together. It should go without saying but I'll say it anyway, chill the shot. Until recently we have always done the shot in two parts - the alcohol first, then the orange juice. We tried mixing it all together at once and it was very much the same but I think for dramatic effect, we will go back to taking it in two parts.

In addition to giving you advice on what to shoot at your early morning tailgate, we'd like to give you a few tips to make the first weekend in September a little better. As you already know, Auburn opens the 2012 football season against Clemson in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. CT.

Currently the Auburn University ticket website no longer offers tickets for sale to the general public. Please use caution when purchasing your tickets from any vendor other than the university. We recall a website that almost didn't have tickets for a big game back in January 2011.

Driving to the game? Be sure and check this site out for up to the minute traffic updates.

Flying to the game? Fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport (ATL). Try the Delta app for the iPhone or the Flight View app for all airlines and most smart phones.

At last check, the only rooms available within walking distance to the Dome were located at the Omni at the CNN Center. It might be the prime time to crash with some friends in the area if possible.

It is going to be a crazy weekend. UT and NC State are in town for the Friday Kick-Off Classic game and Dragon*Con is also happening.

Directions to the Dome, policies and tailgating guidelines can all be found here.

Reserve a parking place at the Dome ahead of time online.

Consider taking MARTA to the game.

Require a beer or a bite before the game? Try Stats or Biergarten.

Gotta see the view from your seat? Gotcha covered.

War Damn Preparation!