Cornhole as a Drinking Game

by Jeremy on June 14, 2012

When was the last time you played cornhole without a drink in your hand?  Yeah, that’s what we thought.  Probably never.  Cornhole and drinking are so intertwined it’s almost unnecessary to modify the game.  Be that as it may, here at Custom Corntoss, we are such fans of both drinking and Cornhole we thought we’d give it a try.

Play Cornhole as a Drinking Game:

Option #1: Taking it Slow

Who should try this: Cornhole newbies

Level of drunkenness: probably not too bad, as a buzz is acquired gradually

What to do:  Every time a bag goes in the hole (whether thrown there or knocked in by another bag), the opposing team takes a drink.  For example, Team Red throws a hole-in.  Team Blue (both members) takes a drink.

What will happen:  Because you aren’t very good yet, each team might only take a few drinks per game.  This slow approach will allow you to play more cornhole, as you won’t be stumbling off the court after just the first game.

Option #2: Getting Down to Business

Who should try this: Anyone

Level of drunkenness:  Lightweights are going to be in pain

What to do: After every half-inning, players take a drink for each point scored against them.  For example, Team Red scored five points.  Team Blue takes five drinks.  Team Blue scored eight points.  Team Red takes eight drinks.

What will happen:  One team will be taking at least 21 drinks.  The other team could take almost as many.  However, they are still just drinks, not shots, so it could be worse…

Option #3:  Bustin out the Hard Stuff

Who should try this:  People who can handle their liquor

Level of drunkenness:  Lightweights will be done in

What to do:  After every half-inning, the board is cleared.  The players who just finished pitching throw one more bag each.  Let’s call it the shot bag.  If it scores a hole-in, the opposing team member who will pitch next takes a shot.

What will happen:  This method is a double edged sword.  By forcing your opponent to take a shot right before starting the next half-inning, you could unnerve him.  This will give you a distinct advantage in the cornhole match.  However, if his teammate is good, your teammate will be taking a shot before his next pitch too.  Either way, you’ll notice that the cornhole match itself will quickly become unimportant, as the drinking doesn’t actually depend on the competition.

Option #4:  Adding Some Whimsy

Who should try this:  The gambler

Level of drunkenness:  It’s kind of a Russian roulette

What to do:  This is a variation of option #3.  Clear the board after each half-inning, just as mentioned above.  Instead of throwing a regular bag for a shot, use special drinking bags.  Bags are sold in a group of eight.  So here is what you do.  Team Red Player 1 starts with two bags (let’s say Chug and Shot).  Team Red Player 2 starts with two bags (let’s say Drink and Social).  Team Blue divides the bags similarly.  After the half-inning, when it is time for Team Red Player 1 to throw, he can choose one of his drinking bags.  If he chooses to throw the Chug bag and makes a hole-in, the next-to-pitch player on Team Blue must chug.

What will happen:  After the next half-inning, Team Red Player 2 will have three bags to choose from (since he received Chug from his partner).  Depending on how vindictive you are, you can add some strategy to the drinking part of the game by making sure the best player on your team always has access to the deadliest bags – chug and shot.

 Option #5:  Extreme

Who should try this:  Definitely not the faint of heart

Level of drunkenness:  Lampshade

What to do:  Replace regular bags with drinking bags.  When Team Red scores a hole-in with a drinking bag, Team Blue must do what the bag says.

What will happen:  Hide the women and children.

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Special thanks to Custom Corn Toss for hooking us up with these Drinking Cornhole rules!

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