February 7 marks America’s great secular holiday: the Super Bowl. This year is so grand, the NFL has even dropped the Roman numerals, opting to splash a big 50 on the grass (L just doesn’t have the same cache as XL). Representing the NFC, the Carolina Panthers and Super Bowl virgin Cam Newton et al. defied the prognosticators’ preseason predictions, putting together one of the great seasons in NFL history, rattling off 17 wins to one loss on their way to San Francisco this Sunday. Standing in their way of glory and the Vince Lombardi Trophy is NFL royalty in Peyton Manning (fourth Super Bowl appearance) and the Denver Broncos (their eighth franchise appearance—tied for the most in NFL history), who will represent the AFC.
While Carolina boasts youth, a solid defense, one of the stoutest offensive lines in the game, and the most dynamic quarterback playing today (it will be a crime if Cam Newton does not get MVP); Denver has a wily veteran in Manning (though his arm is a shadow of its former self) and the NFL’s number one defense. The matchup will be determined by the interior lineman on both sides of the ball—if Carolina can hold outside linebacker Von Miller at bay, and Denver can keep Manning upright, the game should come down to the wire.
Whatever the result, enjoying the big game needs a great sip. Below, we offer a few cocktail recipes to keep the cheer at super levels while enjoying Super Bowl 50.
Get started with The Kick Off, a citrusy smash using the ultra smooth 1800 Tequila.
The Kick Off
- 1 1/2 oz. 1800 Silver
- 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. lime juice cordial
- 1/4 oz. Green Chartreause
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Photo and recipe courtesy of 1800 Tequila
Hosting a Super Bowl 50 party? Take those bites to super proportions with these recipes.
Now that 30 minutes of body blows and screen passes is in the books, its time to home in on the halftime show, featuring Cold Play and Beyoncé. If you’re like me and find the obligatory 30-minute, 50-yardline concert an entertainment fiasco—a serious interruption of the football to be played—head to the home bar and shake up your Halftime Show with this recipe, featuring Santera Tequila.
The Halftime Show
- 2 oz. Santera Blanco Tequila
- 1 1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz. mint simple syrup
- 3 lime wedges or wheels
- 1 fresh mint sprig
- Club soda to top
In a shaker, combine tequila, juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fill a Collins glass with fresh ice and add lime.
Photo and recipe courtesy of Santera Tequila
Join the end zone celebration and raise a glass filled with “The Touchdown,” an effervescent citrus sip bolstered by Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka.
- 1 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Seltzer water
Add ingredients except seltzer water in a cocktail shaker. Briefly shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with seltzer.
Photo and recipe courtesy of Hangar 1 Vodka