We tend to think that Super Bowl game day beverages get overlooked. Sure it’s great to have a delicious menu of multi-layer dips, pulled pork, and the like, but it’s also smart to consider what kinds of beverages are on offer. Look, obviously ice-cold beers are always perfect for a football game, but if you’re looking to turn up your Sunday turn up to some next-level beverage service you might consider some new options. They don’t have to be fancy, just delicious and easy to execute.
Yup, just like a fancy mimosa but more game time appropriate. Make sure you use a traditional style whit beer that’s not too sweet.
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Avery White Rascal Whit Beer (or other high-quality Belgian wit)
1 orange wedge, for garnish (optional)
Mix 1 part orange juice with 2-3 parts beer and serve in chilled pint glasses.
The Smoky Bloody Mary
What’s better than a legit bloody mary? Yup, a bloody mary with bacon. The king of Sunday Fundays and curer of hangovers is here to make your Super Bowl wonderful. Sometimes it’s just that simple. Recipe courtesy of Food Network.
6 slices peppered bacon
3 1/4 cups tomato juice
1 1/4 cups vodka
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
1 tablespoon horseradish
2 teaspoons chipotle hot sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
Freshly ground pepper
6 stalks celery with leaves
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 9 to 11 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Meanwhile, combine the tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a pitcher; refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour the Bloody Mary mixture into 6 large ice-filled glasses. Add a piece of bacon and a celery stalk to each.
The Beggar's Banquet
This bad boy combines the best of your favorite old fashioned with the fizz and refreshment of a nice amber ale. Beer cocktails for the win. Recipe from liquor.com
2 dashes Angostura bitters
splash of fresh lemon juice
1 oz maple syrup
2 oz Makers Mark Bourbon
Old Speckled Hen Beer (or other medium-bodied ale like Anchor Steam)
Add all the ingredients, except for the beer, into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Top with beer and garnish with an orange half-wheel if you desire.
The Coup De Ville
Like a michelada and a margarita had a delicious, citrusy baby, this one’s for the tequila and nachos fans. Bonus points: This drink can be easily made in a big batch and served from a bowl (BOWLS OF BOOZE!). Recipe from Chow.com.
6 ounces añejo tequila, chilled
6 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, chilled
6 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, chilled
3 ounces orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, chilled
6 (12-ounce) bottles light Mexican beer, such as Dos Equis or Tecate, chilled
Mix all ingredients together in the order in which they’re listed. Add a lime wheel if you desire.
Super Bowl Jell-O Shots
Nothing says a good house party (or is it blackout?) like Jell-O shots. Color them with the appropriate food coloring for your team.
36 plastic shot glasses
3 12-count muffin tins
3 ounce box berry blue Jell-O
4 envelopes Knox plain gelatin, divided
5 cups of chilled vodka
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
3 1/2 tablespoon lime Jell-O powder
3 1/2 tablespoon grape or strawberry Jell-O powder
black food coloring
Place shot in an individual muffin tin cavity and lean them at an angle so they’re tilted at about 45 degrees. For blue layer: In a medium saucepan, mix together one cup water with a box of blue Jell-O and sprinkle 1 envelope gelatin on top. Allow mixture to sit for one minute, then whisk everything together and heat on medium until it reaches a simmer. Add the vodka and whisk together again. Place blue Jell-O mixture into each plastic shot glass and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes until they solidify. Serve every time Jimmy G or Mahomes throws a TD.