Drink in the Super Bowl

Forget about touchdowns and sacks and cheerleaders and halftime shows; the Super Bowl is, of course, really all about eating and drinking.

Our partners in Food Network’s The Communal Table: The Big Game (see the list below) have given you some great recipes for tailgating snacks and decadent dishes. But have you given any thought to what kind of beverages you’re going to pair with your gourmet wings, potato skins and sinful dips?

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with having a cold brewski, but we suggest using it to make something a bit more special. (This is the Super Bowl after all.) So, while you’re noshing on bottomless bowls of chips and salsa, fix celebrity chef and mixologist Kathy Casey’s refreshing Marvelous Frothy Margarita, which calls for a jigger of light beer.

Planning on serving Guinness? Then make the classic Black Velvet that mixes the dark Irish brew with sparkling wine. It’s the perfect bubbly tipple to toast your team’s success with.

Or try whipping up talented New York bartender Joaquín Simó’s tea, vermouth and tequila Lights Out Punch. Not only does it serve a crowd and can be made ahead of time, but the fizzy concoction is also a cocktail-party champion. Cheers!

Here are links to the rest of The Communal Table: The Big Game recipes:

Drinks:
Food52: Bubbly Manhattan

Dip Recipes:
Food.com: Buffalo Chicken Dip
BlogHer: Warm Tomato Basil Dip
Yahoo! Shine: Artichoke Dip

Appetizers:
EatingWell: The Best Guacamole
Devour: Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders from Ching-He Huang
The Daily Meal: Fancy Potato Skins With Chorizo
Food Republic: Spinach Artichoke Balls
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Pork and Avocado Quesadillas
Fox News: Cheddar Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Mains:
Epicurious: Classic Beef Meatballs
YumSugar: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Wings:
Men’s Health: Angry Dijon Mustard and Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
Healthy Eats: Baked Buffalo Wings
FN Dish: Alton Brown’s Buffalo Wings

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