Newly opened in December 2016 from Top Chef alum Ryan Scott, the cocktail menu at San Francisco’s Finn Town boasts plenty of fresh juices—cucumber, ginger, etc. But fennel’s not one you see on the drink menu very often. This drink by bartender Anthony Parks lends freshness and subtle anise to a tequila-forward sipper.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“I have been a Cowboys fan since I was about six years old,” says bartender Peter Novotny of Dallas’ Armoury D.E. “I go to games when I can, but getting a good seat at the Death Star [the nickname for the Cowboys stadium] costs a pretty penny. I usually end up tailgating and sitting in the cheap seats or party-pass seats.”This bright blue riff on a Margarita is a nod to the Cowboys team colors. Novotny even stencils a Cowboys star onto the top of the drink.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Hastings Cameron, a bartender at several Madison, Wisc., bars, including Imaginary Bar, describes this cocktail tribute to the Green Bay Packers as a “perverse Shamrock shake,” in which the mint and fennel of Strega are fortified by similar notes in gin from Death’s Door Spirits, a Wisconsin distillery. “I grew up in Chicago rooting for the Packers as a little contrarian,” says Cameron. “As an adult, I still love blue and orange (mostly orange) but couldn’t possibly care less about the Bears, or the Cubs for that matter,” he says. While this drink was purely aesthetically inspired by the Packers’ team colors—“Lil Wayne didn’t need anything more than the team’s colors to inspire this,” says Cameron—it involves a pretty complex matcha foam, evidence of Cameron’s tendency toward molecular gastronomy-like bartending.The booziness of the cocktail is inspired by the ice-cold winters in Wisconsin. “Drink builds tend to swell in volume the farther north we get from Madison. The 2.5 ounces of 80-plus-proof booze is a nod to that cultural imperative,” he says.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“The perennial losing ways of the New York Jets have inspired me to create a cocktail around the last time they were actually winners,” says bartender Cody Goldstein of Mathews in Jersey City, N.J. “The Broadway Joe era was both flamboyant and fabulous. I combined joe (coffee) flavors with herbaceous mint and alpine herbs to wake the team up along with coconut cream rum because they are always on vacation come playoff time.”
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. “A classic Margarita, much like the 16–0 1972 Miami Dolphins, can be quite simply perfect,” says Seth Weinberg, the lead bartender at StripSteak by Michael Mina at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, who created this drink as an homage to the undefeated Miami Dolphins team. “The team still gets together every season for a Champagne toast to their still-standing record.” This drink is a variation on a Margarita, with a Miami twist. “Fresh Florida juices and spicy agave nectar are the perfect complement to the bold flavors of aged tequila,” he says. “Much like the Dolphins newly augmented stadium, this cocktail is cool, modern and refreshing, the perfect drink to sip while cheering the Miami Dolphins onto victory.”
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“Denver is known for these amazing orange-hued sunsets, so I wanted to incorporate that into this cocktail, says Bryan Dayton, the beverage director and co-owner of Denver’s Acorn and Brider and Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth. “Obviously, the orange and blue is also a nod to the Broncos jersey. In terms of the ingredients, I wanted to stick to local Colorado, so I used Suerte tequila, which is based here in Boulder. We also love spicy food here, so I added the Ancho Reyes for some heat.”
Though one thinks of limeade and lemonade as summer drinks, bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma gives this tipple that’s good with or without booze a wintery hint of rosemary and warming, smoky punch. You can spike the drink with tequila or mezcal, the latter adding even more smoky fun to the drink.
It’s hard to deny that spaghetti squash seems like a head-scratcher of a cocktail ingredient, much like tequila feels a little more sand and surf than sweaters and scarves. But in the Comrade, the woodsy depth of spaghetti squash and innate vegetative notes of tequila sally forth in entirely novel ways, shining a light on their versatility.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“When you think about spirits in the desert of Arizona, tequila is the first that comes to mind,” says bartender Micah Olson of Phoenix’s Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails. “The watermelon and lime are there to quench one’s thirst in our hot and arid climate. I added some Campari to the mix as well, which is a bitter Italian liqueur. As a franchise, the Cardinals have had the longest active drought without a championship, which is something to be a little bitter about. Campari, watermelon and Peychaud’s bitters are also all red to reinforce the team’s colors. Rise up Red Sea is a reference to the Cardinal fans, aka the Red Sea.”
While the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the margarita as there are margarita recipes. Some like them blended, others with a sweetener, but many argue the best margarita recipe is this classic one. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.