If you saw my Front Burner column earlier this week, you know I’ve already done a lot of thinking about food for the big game day. I don’t know why I always get so excited about the Super Bowl – I mean, I like pro football, but I’m a Denver Broncos fan. That’s not really conducive to a lot of exciting Super Bowls for me.
At any rate, I guess it’s just the excuse to cook a lot of great appetizers. Hors d’oeuvres have to be one of my favorite categories of recipes to study and try. You can share them with a lot of people. And as a consumer, you only have to commit to a small portion – unless, that is, you really love it and decide to sneak off with the whole tray.
But I haven’t thought a lot about adult beverages for Super Bowl, other than to position some IC Light from Pittsburgh and some Leinenkugel from Wisconsin in my photo for the paper. Most people who want to have an adult beverage during the Super Bowl probably opt for beer – that’s just what you drink when you watch sports, right?
However, if you do decide to mix up some team-themed cocktails, you might as well go for a manly spirit like Scotch (although plenty of ladies, myself included, enjoy a Scotch from time to time). I’ve got some pretty sophisticated recipes for you courtesy of the folks at Glenfiddich (see below).
What will you be eating and drinking while you watch the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers battle it out in Texas this weekend?
Pittsburgh Steelers – Blood and Turf
A variation of the classic Blood & Sand cocktail, reflecting the Steelers’ ability to do what it takes to push the ball over the goal line.
3/4 oz Glenfiddich 12
3/4oz Lillet Rouge
3/4oz Pear liquor
1oz Lillet Rouge
Shake over ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with Orange.
Pittsburgh Steelers – The Terrible Toddy
Like the legendary yellow “Terrible Towel”, this take on the classic Rob Roy should be in every Steelers fan’s hand.
2 Oz Glenfiddich Scotch
1/2 Oz of Sweet White Vermouth
2 Dashes of Peach Bitters
Green Bay Packers – The Pack
A unique take on an Old Fashioned. What better to embody one of the oldest and most popular teams in the NFL than his classic cocktail?
Splash of club soda
2 dashes of orange bitters
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 oz of Glenfiddich 12
Pour over ice, stir with bar spoon 20 seconds or so. Throw in a garnish of fresh orange peel for an extra point.
Green Bay Packers – The A-Rodg
This Whiskey on the rocks is always on the mark, just like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
1 o. Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch
You may need to call a huddle for this drink because although it is simple, it’s all about personal preference. Some may be opposed to adding a splash of water, while others enjoy its ability to bring out hidden notes of vanilla and oak.