Your Super Bowl Drinks

On Sunday, millions of Americans will get together to gorge on greasy food, drink copious amounts and marvel at television commercials. Oh yeah, there’ll also be a pretty important football game.

But we’re tired of drinking cheap beer at Super Bowl parties. It’s the biggest day of the season, after all! So we asked bartenders from around Super Bowl XLVIII’s host city, New York, for cocktail recipes that go well with popular game-day dishes and snacks.

If you’ll be ordering pizza on Sunday, you won’t be alone: Domino’s says the Super Bowl is its busiest day of the year by far. To match your pie’s tangy tomato sauce and to cut through all the gooey mozzarella cheese, we recommend the Amaretto “Stoned” Sour. This powerful and citrusy concoction comes from Jimmy at the James, a rooftop bar that combines big-screen TVs, gourmet bites and sophisticated elixirs, making for one of the best spots in Manhattan to watch football.

Another Super Bowl staple is a big pot of spicy chili. To complement this hearty classic, Joaquín Simó has just the thing. The Duck & Cover, which you’ll find on the menu at his watering hole Pouring Ribbons, mixes apple cider, maple syrup and ginger ale with vodka (though you can use any spirit you like) and pear brandy. The recipe is also easy to multiply for a crowd-pleasing punch.

Feeling more like Mexican? We turned to celebrity chef April Bloomfield’s trendy establishment Salvation Taco. Its beverage director, Sam Anderson, created the Garden Cooler, a sweet-and-savory tequila tipple, to pair with tacos, nachos or guacamole.

Should your Super Bowl bash be a hot-dogs-and-wings affair, we’d suggest the One-Two Punch. The refreshing Scotch-based, beer-topped cocktail was invented by Jeff Bell of famed bar PDT, where it can be ordered with a side of tater tots and a haute frank.

So fix one of these cocktails at your Super Bowl party, and no matter which team wins, you’ll be a champ. Now let’s play some football!

Amaretto “Stoned” Sour

Contributed by Jimmy at the James

  • 1 oz Everclear
  • .75 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Orange juice
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Creole bitters
  • Glass: Martini
  • Garnish: Brandied cherry

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and fine-strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Duck & Cover

Contributed by Joaquín Simó

  • 1.75 oz Aylesbury Duck Vodka (you can substitute your favorite rum, whiskey, tequila, mezcal, brandy, genever or aquavit)
  • .25 oz Clear Creek Pear Brandy
  • 1 oz Red Jacket Apple Cider (or other non-alcoholic apple cider)
  • .5 oz Grade-B maple syrup
  • .75 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Ale
  • Glass: Collins
  • Garnish: Apple slices

Add all the ingredients except the ginger ale to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with fanned apple slices.

Garden Cooler

Contributed by Sam Anderson

  • Smoked salt
  • 2 oz Blanco tequila
  • 4 oz Garden Cooler Mix*
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Garnish: Cucumber slice

Coat the rim of a rocks glass with smoked salt. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Stir briefly and garnish with a cucumber slice.


*Garden Cooler Mix

  • 16 oz Pineapple juice
  • Half a pineapple, peeled
  • Half a yellow bell pepper
  • 6 sprigs Mint
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 5 Whole black peppercorns

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain before using.


  • afrikaner posted 11 months ago

    And this in Namibia if you wonder........

  • afrikaner posted 11 months ago

    Hi guys.....this is killing me to ask but i need to know as i`m running two restaurants. i need to get a real party to really really push the gears of my customers.....what is the best option where do i do wrong cooking, baking goes well but the bar in a cossy corner just dont want to make, option 1. to rent it out 2. or tell me what is the best to do........

  • creativeculinary posted 2 years ago

    Ahem. I CARE!!! But then I live in Denver so if I didn't that might actually be a problem. I love this team. I love Payton Manning. I know all of Denver does so yes I have to say it. GO BRONCOS!! The Duck and Cover sounds good but I'm making an orange cocktail in their honor for my Friday booze post. Not sure what yet, just sure it will be orange. Aperol is at the top of the list to figure in there somewhere!

  • shelly.gustafson.75 posted 2 years ago

    I work at an establishment in northern minnesota, unfortunately it hard to get these patrons to try new things. Beer, vodka and whiskey, beer, vodka, whiskey! But i love taking recipes and ideas and add them to what we already use!!

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