Super Bowl Cocktails to Make for the Big Game

Bloody Mary

Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, Lime

Often a hangover “cure” for the brunch-goers of the world, the Bloody Mary makes for a savory start to your SB Sunday. Bloody Mary recipes vary, but they always share two ingredients in common: vodka and tomato juice. From there, you can spruce up the drink however you like, with popular additions including citrus, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and celery salt, plus a variety of garnishes, from lemons and…

Americano

Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Peel, Club Soda

The Americano cocktail originated at Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milan, Italy in the 1860s, and likely gained its name because of its popularity amongst American tourists. It’s made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and differs from the slightly older Milano-Torino only in the addition of soda water. James Bond ordered one in the short story From a View…and you will too in this Super Bowl

Dark ‘N Stormy

Dark Rum, Ginger Beer, Lime

The Dark ‘n Stormy is an almost ridiculously simple buck cocktail (a term referring to highballs made with ginger beer) that’s great for cooling off on a hot summer evening. Using only three ingredients—rum, ginger beer, and lime juice—it’s a snap even for a novice bartender, and it’s absolutely delicious. Make sure to use a good, spicy ginger beer, not ginger ale.

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s No. 1, 7-Up, Cucumber, Lemon Peel

The Pimm’s Cup is a British classic that’s great for summer afternoons and brunches with friends. It’s light on alcohol (using only Pimm’s No. 1 as a base spirit, coming in at 50 proof) but fresh and delicious. And like a Bloody Mary, you can add nearly any fresh fruits and vegetables you want to make the Pimm’s Cup your own.

Michelada

Mexican Lager Beer, Lime Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Celery Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Salt

The Michelada blends two great brunch-cocktail qualities: it’s bubbly, and it’s savory. You can make it spicy too… Less sweet than a Mimosa and less boozy than a Bloody Mary, this is a great excuse to drink beer at any time of day. Plus, Michelada is just so dang fun to say you’ll find yourself ordering them just to tell people about it, don’t be afraid to add some spicy shrimps on the rim…..

Moscow Mule

Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice

The traditional Moscow Mule recipe isn’t too complicated but is certainly delicious, especially if you’re looking for something frosty, gingery, and crisp.

Like all classic cocktails, I recommend using fresh juice—lime juice in this case…

Whiskey Smash 

Bourbon, Lemons, Simple Syrup, Mint

The Whiskey Smash is a classic whiskey cocktail, and a cousin of the Mint Julep—the only difference being that a smash contains fresh fruit, while juleps don’t. The ingredients are a simple combination of bourbon, lemons, simple syrup, and mint, making this a strong but well-balan…

Añejo Highball

Añejo Rum, Orange Curaçao, Lime Juice, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Beer

he Añejo Highball is an original recipe from legendary bartender Dale DeGroff (known to many as King Cocktail himself). As the name indicates, this is a refreshing, highball-style cocktail made with añejo rum (dark rum), Grang Marnier, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, and ginger beer.

Champagne Jello

Jello, Water, Champagne

Things don’t get much more festive than Champagne Jello Shots. This simple, three-part drink (well, it’s really more of a snack) is easy to make and fun to serve. You just need your favorite flavor of Jello, Champagne, and water, and you’re all set.

Gin Sonic

Gin, Tonic, Soda

The Gin and Sonic is a simple riff on the classic G&T, in which you complement the gin with equal measures of soda and tonic (soda + tonic = “sonic”). The drink is a healthier version of the G&T, which can be too sweet for many people’s taste preferences.

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