Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thirsty Thursday: Super Bowl Suday Edition

We know Super Bowl LI isn't until February 5th but if you're planning on doing your grocery shopping, and more importantly, adult beverage shopping this weekend--we've got the perfect game day cocktails just for you. Yes, the thirst is real! Not only are these libations tasty, they also represent both Super Bowl teams. In fact, there is a complete list of cocktails for each squad in the NFL. But who are we kidding, we only care about one team...Pats Nation baby! Without further adieu, we present you with the Flying Elvis and Rye-se Up.

For the 2016 NFL season, had a bartender from each NFL team’s hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.

New England Patriots: Flying Elvis

For the New England Patriots, bartender Vikram Hegde at Cambridge, MA’s Little Donkey created the Flying Elvis cocktail; a little taste of humble pie, with the strength and resolve of some local navy-strength rum providing structure, and a little taste of the unexpected from the Amaro di Angostura and egg white, just like the Pats playbook. Plus, there’s a little something festive and tropical in the Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur (you know, because Gisele). Get on TB12's level with this concoction and crush Super Bowl Sunday in true Pats fan fashion.

1.5 oz Privateer Navy Yard rum
.5 oz Amaro di Angostura
.5 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur
.5 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
1  Egg white
Angostura bitters

Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, and shake without ice until emulsified for about a slow 5 count. Add ice and shake vigorously for a slow 10 count or until the shaker frosts over. Fine-strain into a lowball glass without ice, and garnish with a few dots of Angostura bitters in the shape of the Patriots’ Flying Elvis logo (to the best of your artistic ability).

(image: Tim Nusog)

Atlanta Falcons: Rye-se Up

AMER bartender David Petro’s Atlanta Falcons–inspired cocktail is made with rye whiskey and is served up, as he says, “to represent the Falcons high-flying offense.” The deep red hue evokes the team’s color. Petro uses lemon sherbet to deepen the flavors of the drink and egg white to give it a nice rich texture.

1.5 oz Rittenhouse rye
.5 oz Cherry Heering liqueur
.5 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz Lemon sherbet
.25 oz Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro
.25 oz Egg white
.25 oz Cane sugar simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until frothy and very cold. Strain into a coupe, and garnish with a cherry and grating of orange zest.

(image: Dan Durnell)

So whatever team you choose to root for, make sure you quench that thirst of another championship and devour the details of Super Bow Sunday with your Pats or Falcons inspired cocktail. We know we'll be drinking a Flying Elvis! P-A-T-S, PATS, PATS, PATS!