Super Cocktails for the Super Bowl

This coming Sunday, February 2nd, is Super Bowl Sunday in the United States, which means a solid majority of Americans will be glued to their TVs for the big game. All of that cheering and booing is thirsty work, so you’ll want to be prepared with some appropriate cocktail offerings.

You can go with the classics — a Margarita, Mai Tai, or Daiquiri is always welcome — or you can just buy a six-pack and a couple bottles of wine. But if you want to try something a little different, here are some suggestions.

Since it’s more fun to watch football in a group, and you’re probably going to have beer on hand, try this out. Invite your friends over and make a pitcher of Micheladas.

Michelada (Pitcher Version)

18 oz. Tomato or Clamato Juice, chilled
36 oz. Mexican Beer, chilled
1/3 cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. Maggi or Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Hot Sauce
Lime Wedges, for garnish
Kosher Salt, if desired

Combine the first five ingredients in a large pitcher. Rim pint glasses with salt, then fill with ice and Michelada mixture. Garnish with lime wedges.

Here’s another delicious communal drink. Make it in a punch bowl and let everyone toast (or bemoan) the game’s events.

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4 oz. Light Rum
4 oz. Dark Rum (preferably Jamaican)
4 oz. Cognac
8 oz. Orange Juice
4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
3 cups Crushed Ice

Blend all ingredients at high speed for 10 seconds. Pour into a large bowl. Serve in glasses over ice.

If your team is getting walloped, you might need to inject a little life into the festivities. Thus, the Corpse Reviver #2.

Corpse Reviver #2

3/4 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. Triple Sec
3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash of Absinthe or Pastis
Orange Peel, for garnish

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Since Seattle — represented in the Super Bowl by the Seahawks — is known for its coffee, I thought a coffee cocktail would be appropriate. Plus, it’ll help you stay up late if you’re watching the game on the East Coast. The first is a hot drink, the second a cold one.

Coffee Grog

6 oz. Coffee, very hot
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Cognac
2 tsp. Demerara or Turbinado Sugar
1-inch strip Lemon Peel
1-inch strip Orange Peel
Cinnamon Stick
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in a pre-heated mug and stir until sugar dissolves.

Coffee Old Fashioned
Adapted from a recipe in Stew Ellington’s 901 Very Good Cocktails

1 1/2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
2 oz. Coffee, chilled
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Coffee Beans, for garnish

Shake ingredients hard with ice, then strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with coffee beans, if desired.

The Denver Broncos’ defense may not be the powerhouse that Seattle’s is, but they’re not too shabby either. They might just evoke a few memories of the punishing Orange Crush teams of the late-70’s. If not, this drink will help.

Orange Crush

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
Orange Wheel, for garnish

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Finally, here’s a tasty option for the non-drinkers at your party. You can mix up the fruits to fit your tastes best. If you don’t have fresh fruit available, you can substitute frozen in a pinch.

The Fruit Bowl (non-alcoholic)

6 Fresh Raspberries
3 Fresh Strawberries, quartered
2 tbsp. Turbinado or Demerara Sugar
2 tbsp. Orange Juice
Club Soda
Fresh Strawberry, for garnish

Muddle the fruit with the sugar and juice in the bottom of a 10-ounce glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, top with club soda, and stir gently. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

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