The Super Bowl won’t be as exciting as it should have been this year. (If things had just gone a little differently, this post would be all about drinks nicknamed “Russell” and “Marshawn”). Alas, there are still fun game day parties to be had. And to make them more fun, can the cheap beer and serve better drinks! The first two in this list are team specific, for the Ravens and 49ers fans among us.
One of my favorite morning drinks, this has a bit of sweetness, but not so much that it won’t provide a game time kick as needed. It also features egg, so be sure to shake as if your team depended on it. This recipe’s from Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with cracked ice. Add 1-1/2 ounces brandy, 1-1/2 ounces anisette, and an egg white. Shake really well. Strain into a cocktail glass.
I’ve actually seen two versions of this cocktail. When watching football, go with the strong whiskey version (the other is a bubbly mix). I first had one of these via Seattle’s own champ, Murray Stenson, who used this recipe: Add 2 ounces rye whiskey (I believe he used Old Overholt, but I think Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye works nicely), 1/2 ounce Bénédictine, and 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Shake well, and then strain into a cocktail glass.
No matter who you’re rooting for, sipping on this helps you get in the celebrating mood. I suggest having one sip each time a cheerleader is shown. Use this recipe from Good Spirits: Add 2 lime wedges, a couple sprigs of fresh mint, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup to a Collins glass. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle well. Fill the glass three quarters up with ice cubes. Add 2 ounces vodka (I suggest Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow here) and 1/2 ounce Midori. Top off the glass with chilled club soda. Stir, while cheering.
Stay on neutral ground and serve this drink to honor the city where the Super Bowl is taking place: New Orleans. This classic mix traces back to around 1938, when it was created by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Big Easy's famous Monteleone Hotel. To make, fill an Old Fashioned glass halfway with ice cubes. Add 1 ounce rye, 1 ounce Cognac, 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 1/2 ounce Benedictine, and 1 dash each of Peychaud and Angostura bitters. Stir slightly. Twist a lemon twist over the drink, and drop it in.
This recipe was featured in our awesome pre-game party post, but it’s such a fantastic gridiron gulper that it deserves a second mention. Football punch uses rum and a variety of apple-y deliciousness, and this video not only shows how to make it, but how it transforms a party.