Beer is usually the staple drink at any good Super Bowl party. There’s just something about the drink that says, “Hey, I’m ready to watch some football and yell at the TV with my friends.” And while that’s all fine and good — I’m a huge fan of beer myself — sometimes beer just gets old.
So, if you’re tired of drinking cheap beer at your Super Bowl party, here are ten cocktails that anyone is sure to enjoy.
10 Super Cocktails for the Super Bowl:
1. Loaded Bloody Mary
If you’re going to be drinking all day, why not start your day off right with this mistress of the morning?
- 1 tablespoon plain kosher salt
- 1/4 lemon, cut into two wedges
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- dash cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Louisiana Hot Sauce)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
- 2 ounces vodka (your choice)
- 4 ounces of quality tomato juice
- 1 stick celery
Directions: Place celery salt in a shallow saucer. Rub rim of 12-ounce tumbler with 1 lemon wedge and coat wet edge with celery salt. Place lemon wedge on rim of glass. Fill glass with ice. Add Worcestershire, hot sauce, black pepper, soy, cayenne pepper, and horseradish to bottom of a shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, and juice of remaining lemon wedge. Shake vigorously. Taste and adjust as necessary. Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with celery stalk and serve. Enjoy.
2. Bronco Batch
For all you Denver fans.
- 1 bottle vodka (your choice)
- 12 ounces orange juice
- 12 ounces lemonade
- 8 ounces Cointreau
- 4 ounces grapefruit juice
- orange slices, to garnish (optional)
Directions: Combine the vodka, orange juice, lemonade, Cointreau and grapefruit juice in a pitcher. Pour into glass filled with ice. If you’re feeling froggy, garnish with freshly sliced oranges. Serves 10 -12.
3. Bronco’s “Omaha”
Want to turn the Super Bowl into a drinking game? Every time Payton Manning yells, “Omaha” … take a sip.
- 8 ounces silver tequila (your choice)
- 4 ounces apricot brandy (your choice)
- 8 ounces orange juice
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces grenadine
Directions: In a pitcher filled with ice, mix all of the ingredients. Pour into ice filled glasses and serve. Drink responsibly … it has a bit of a kick.
4. Panther Punch
For all you Carolina fans.
- 1 bottle Viniq Original
- 4 ounces Grand Marnier
- 4 ounces tart sweet and sour mix
- 15 ounces club soda
- lemon wheels, to garnish (optional)
Directions: In a punch bowl, combine the Viniq, club soda, Grand Marnier and sweet and sour mix. Add ice chips and lemon wheels. Serves 8 – 10.
5. Spicy Mint Julep
A spicy riff on a Carolina classic.
- 4 to 6 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 1 ounce jalapeño simple syrup (recipe below)
- crushed ice
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon (your choice)
- splash of club soda
- jalapeño slice for garnish
Jalapeño Simple Syrup Ingredients:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped (everything … seeds and all)
Directions: To make the syrup, in a saucepan, combine water, sugar, and peppers and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let stand for 20 minutes. Strain the syrup and let cool. (Recipe adapted from Edward Lee in Smoke and Pickles). Once syrup is done, place the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup, add the simple syrup, and gently massage the leaves with a wooden muddler (or a wooden spoon). Add enough crushed ice to fill the cup (about two-thirds full). Add the bourbon and stir gently, then fill with more crushed ice. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig and slice of jalapeño and serve immediately.
6. Snake Bite
If you want to stick with beer, here is a simple cocktail of equal parts lager and hard cider.
- 1/2 pint lager (your choice)
- 1/2 pint hard cider (your choice)
- 1 ounce of Olive Juice
- 3 green olives
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy.
Note: For a variation, substitute your lager with a stout and call it a Black Velvet (I prefer Guinness, any stout will do)
7. Old-Fashioned Amber
A beer based Old-Fashioned featuring bitters and bourbon.
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon bitters
- 2 12-ounce bottles amber ale (your choice)
- 4 strips orange peel (removed from the orange with a vegetable peeler)
- 4 maraschino cherries (optional)
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, sugar and bitters. Shake well. Strain into 4 low-ball glasses and top each with half a bottle of ale. Rub the rim of the glass with the orange peel and then add it to the drink along with a cherry (if using).
8. One-Two Punch
A fruity-and-fizzy punch with a smoky, scotch-whisky base.
- 1 1/2 ounces scotch whisky (your choice)
- 1/2 ounces lemon juice
- 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounces lemon or citrus Oleo-Saccharum
- 3 ounces pilsner (your choice)
- 1 grapefruit half-wheel
Directions: Combine all the ingredients, except for the pilsner, into a pitcher. Stir and strain into glass filled with fresh ice. Top with the pilsner, garnish with a pinch of La Boîte Borneo N.
9. Beer Margaritas
Almost any tequila will do — but after experimenting with several different beers, I found that Heineken (oddly enough) tastes the best.
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can of frozen limeade concentrate
- 12 fluid ounces tequila
- 1 Sprite or 7-Up (12 fluid ounces)
- 1 Heineken
- limes (for garnish, merely optional)
Directions: Using the limeade can to measure your ingredients … pour limeade, tequila, Sprite or 7-Up, and beer into a large pitcher. Stir until well-blended and limeade has melted. Add plenty of ice, and garnish with lime wedges. Pour into ice filled glass.
10. Irish Coffee
If you’ve been drinking all day, and you begin to fade during the third quarter — wake up!
- 1 1/2 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1 ounce brown sugar syrup
- hot brewed coffee
- unsweetened cream, lightly whipped
Directions: Add the whiskey and syrup your coffee glass and fill two-thirds the way with coffee. Top with one inch of whipped cream.
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