The Super Bowl is just days away, and hopefully your party planning is in full swing. Here’s the thing though--serving up the same old drinks is no way to celebrate and show your passion for the best team in all of football (a position that will certainly be confirmed by the end of the game). The Seahawks are awesome, and deserve to have awesome drinks consumed when cheers-ing them. So don’t resort to artificially blue-colored, bad-tasting messes. Try one of the below instead, that way, everyone comes out a winner.
The 12th Man
My thought is that there are probably way more than 12 drinks called the 12th Man right now (probably about 12,000). But I like this one best, because it honors the world’s most awesome fans in the best way possible: by tasting fantastic. It’s refreshing, too, which is nice for when emotions are running high and the screams are echoing loudly. It was created by Daniel Brancusi, the brand ambassador for Iceland’s delicious Reyka vodka, who is also a Seahawks fan.
2 ounces Reyka vodka
3/4 ounce orgeat (an almond syrup, available in most stores
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce club soda
Mint sprig, for garnish
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the vodka, orgeat, and lime juice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass that’s had some ice added to it.
2. Top with the club soda. Stir briefly. Garnish with the mint sprig.
The Sea Hawk
This is actually based on the Black Hawk cocktail, which I first saw in The Jones Complete Bar Guide from 1977. That book contains more than 4,000 cocktails, and at first glance the Black Hawk seems as if it’s just filler. But as local bar star Robert Hess shows in this video, it’s pretty swell. I’ve altered it, by adding Old Ballard Liquor Company’s Cherry Bounce liqueur, instead of sloe gin, which gives it layers of local connections. Use a locally made whiskey, too, of course.
1-1/2 ounces bourbon
1-1/2 ounces Cherry Bounce liqueur
1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Rainier cherry, or other cherry, for garnish
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the bourbon, Cherry Bounce liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake well.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. Sip. Yell “Seahawks!” Repeat.
The Beast Quake Cocktail
I’m a pretty huge Marshawn Lynch fan, and fully expect that he’s going to have a monster day on Sunday. There are already a couple Beast Mode cocktails out there I’m sure, but I don’t know that I’ve seen a Beast Quake, and since that phrase sums up so many things about the player, team and fans, I feel it deserves a drink named after it. I’ve gone with Patron tequila as the base, cause I’ve heard it’s his favorite spirit, and kept the drink strong and a bit serious.
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add everything. Shake well.
2. Add three or four ice cube to an Old Fashioned glass. Strain the mix into the glass through a fine strainer. Garnish with a tiny # 24 jersey.
The Leave No Doubt
This early-season catchphrase is really what Sunday is all about, both for the team and for the person throwing the party celebrating the team and the big day. Because of that, it demands a cocktail be named after it, a cocktail that shows its support of all things local, that tastes as good as the team plays and that is a winner. This is that cocktail.
1-1/2 ounces Oola gin (fyi, Oola is having a Super Bowl sale, today through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. at the distillery)
1/2 ounce Sidetrack Blueberry liqueur
1/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Chilled Rachel’s ginger beer
Lemon twist, for garnish
1. Fill a highball glass 3/4 full with ice cube. Add the gin, liqueur, and lemon juice. Stir briefly.
2. Fill the glass nearly to the top with the ginger beer. Stir again. Garnish with the lemon twist.