Ten (More) Cocktails for Super Bowl 2017
Okay, so the grub is all prepared, the TV is on, and everyone is arriving to watch the big game. What drinks do you serve to hold them off until kick-off time? Here are ten suggestions representing our favorite submissions and covering a variety of tastes… and including a cocktail for each team’s fans. Give each person a different drink to spark up a bit of pre-game conversation.
1 ½ parts Ancho Verde Green Chile Liqueur
½ part lime juice
1 big pinch of salt
12 parts Mexican lager beer (or green chile beer if it is available in your area)
salt for rim
Rim a cold beer glass with kosher salt. Add salt, lime, and Ancho Verde to a cold beer glass and stir to mix. Add ice and then beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.
2 parts Svedka Cucumber Lime
4 parts Voluptuous Mix*
3 cups V-8 juice
3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
1-1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons)
1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
4 Tbsp. half-sour pickle brine
1 cup chopped peeled cucumber (run through food processor)
4 tsp. coarsely ground pepper
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
Build in a highball glass rimmed with Voluptuous Salt. Garnish with cooked peeled shrimp, 2 slices of lime, a cucumber wedge, and a sprig of cilantro.
Grilled Grapefruit Paloma
2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
¾ part ginger sage syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
top with grapefruit beer (appx. 1 part)
Combine equal parts sugar and water with 1 ginger slice and 4 sage sprigs and bring to a boil to create ginger sage syrup. Allow the mixture to cool; combine all ingredients except grapefruit beer in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice and top with grapefruit beer. Garnish with a grilled grapefruit slice.
For New England fans:
Paul Revere’s Mule
1 1/2 parts Stoli Vodka
3 parts Stoli Ginger Beer
Pour vodka and ginger beer in a mule glass with ice. Gently stir and then garnish with the lime wedge before serving.
For Atlanta Fans:
Matty Iced Tea
1 1/2 parts Stoli Peach Vodka
3 parts iced tea
¾ part fresh lemon juice
¾ part simple syrup
Mix all ingredients into a tall tea glass. Garnish with lemon wedge and serve.
The Mayor’s Lament
1 ½ oz. Rittenhouse 100 Proof Rye
1 oz. Nardini Amaro
Generous six dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
Another six dashes Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters
2-3 dashes Peychaud’s
Mix all ingredients in a rocks glass with ice and serve.
The Effen Red Zone
1 part Effen Original Vodka
1 part grapefruit juice
1 part orange juice
Build over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.
The Dixie Firefly
This one’s spicy!
1 1/2 oz. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
1 1/2 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with fresh jalapeno slices.
2 parts Banks 7 Golden Age Rum
3/4 part pineapple Juice
3/4 part cranberry syrup (equal parts fresh cranberry juice and simple syrup)
5 parts orange juice
½ part lime juice
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a terra cotta cup filled with pebble ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and three cranberries.
Whiskey Beer Sour
From Karen Miner
1 lemon wedge
1/4 cup lemonade
1 oz. whiskey
8 oz. amber ale
Squeeze lemon wedge into glass. Lightly mix lemonade, whiskey, and beer together in glass. Serve immediately.