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.”
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“My father and I have had New York Giants season tickets for at least 20 years, and we go to every home game,” says bartender Greg Lipari of New York City’s Bua. “We get there at 8 in the morning and make breakfast—bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches on English muffins, sometimes pancakes—and tailgate for hours before the game starts at 1 p.m. It’s a full-day affair, so you need a drink that it isn’t overpowering and won’t knock you over the head. If you start drinking with breakfast, you want something light and refreshing.“I just got back from the Giants–L.A. Rams game in London, so I was inspired to do a gin cocktail,” he says of this variation on a Tom Collins. “It’s named for Tom Coughlin, who was the Giants’ head coach for the 10 years, when they won two Super Bowls. He’s the most successful coach they’ve ever had. All Giants fans love Coughlin. The blueberries are for Big Blue, of course, and the prosecco is to anticipate imminent victory.”
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“Being a Washington Redskins' fan in San Francisco is tough, as I imagine it is for any foreign fan in a city that's not their own,” says Kevin Diedrich, the owner and bartender of Pacific Cocktail Haven. Diedrich’s drink is a Whiskey Sour variation, bolstered by citrusy kalamansi and balanced with a deep, fruity ruby port float. It’s based on Copper Fox rye whiskey. “It’s a nod to rye whiskey, which was one of the first spirits to be made in D.C.,” he says. The kalamansi gives the cocktail a great gold color, and the port float adds the burgundy, echoing the team colors. “A gold-rimmed glass is a plus,” 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.For the Tampa Buccaneers, bartender Daniel Guess of Tampa’s Fly says he decided to tap into Tampa’s rich centuries-old rum history by swapping the Port of Call cocktail’s gin for port-barrel-finished rum from Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados. “The name Port Authority came to mind because of our bustling port system here in Tampa,” says Guess. “With the impending access to Cuba, it's undoubtedly about to get even busier.” The two-toned drink represents the Bucs’ team colors.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Every Friday of football season, in honor of the Colts, Indianapolis’ Spoke & Steele serves these electric-blue drinks from a slushie machine alongside its spicy “famous nug” meatballs during happy hour.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.Jesse Held, a bartender for Minneapolis’ Jester Concepts group, felt a certain obligation to not only create a cocktail that represents the Vikings but also pays homage to Minnesota’s “fabric of heartiness.” “The color had to be purple for many reasons, for our recent loss of our Prince and of course our gridiron gladiators, the Minnesota Vikings,” he says. “The gold leaf garnish is an atypical flash we Minnesotans aren’t accustomed to having, but staying true to our purple people eaters, by wearing purple and gold, is only fitting when it comes to imbibing in the name of the Vikings.”This drink has a base of aquavit from Minneapolis’ Tattersall Distilling. “Using aquavit was essential to making a cocktail that was a true representation of the Great White North,’” says Held. To sweeten the drink, he uses a syrup and a shrub from his elixir company, Earl Giles, which can be subbed for homemade versions.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“This cocktail is an ode to the ’85 Bears and the fleeting Honey Bears cheerleaders. I have vivid memories of watching them both during that season, even at six years old,” says bartender Christiana DeLucca of Chicago’s Formento’s. “It's also an homage to Buddy Ryan's 4–6 defense. That man is a legend, and this is my tip o’ the hat to him in cocktail form. Served Toddy style, this cocktail is all about embracing the fall season. Make a large batch, grab a thermos, and you've got the perfect tailgating cocktail to impress your friends.”
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.For the Seattle Seahawks, says bartender Kelly Ronan of Seattle’s Lark, “this is a perfect cocktail for morning games—not too boozy, and bright and refreshing with the effervescent ginger beer. We use lots of local products at Lark, even at the bar. OOLA is a fantastic local distillery—it’s right down the street actually—so we use its gin and Rachel’s Ginger Beer, which is a super spicy locally made ginger beer that nearly every Seattleite is obsessed with. The berries and kiwi add a little extra flavor and of course our favorite colors.”
Nothing says winter holidays like a pine-themed drink. This one by bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma also utilizes cranberries and lemon, making it even more festive. Sip the nonalcoholic version all day, or make the cocktail at night for a cool, yet warming, seasonal tipple.