For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“I’m a lifelong San Diego Chargers fan and travel every year to see my Bolts play,” says bartender Vincent Toscano of Rye in San Francisco. “In honor of the team, this drink is refreshing because every week is a new beginning and bittersweet because we don't always win.”Toscano uses bourbon, American whiskey, because football is America's sport. “And Wild Turkey should be America's bourbon,” he says. “I like the family aspect of it. When you meet [Wild Turkey distillers] Jimmy, Eddie and Bruce, they are such genuine and honest people. It shows in their whiskeys. They don't try to put a spin on their product or have this fantasy world of a story. They are bourbon makers first and foremost.”
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“The original 49ers were gold seekers that came through California in 1849 during the Gold Rush,” says bartender Helen Diaz of Bloodhound and Churchill in San Francisco. “When I think about the 49ers, I think Gold Rush, and then I think of the Gold Rush cocktail. This is the Gold Rusher! What better way to represent this team but to add a little fernet to the drink?” she says, calling on the fact that San Francisco consumes more fernet than any other place in the country.
For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“Our goal in creating a cocktail for the Bills was to capture the pride of the fans, whose loyalty is steadfast win or lose,” says bartender Jeff Yannuzzi of Buffalo’s Toutant. “Abbott Road leads into the stadium area where the real Buffalo Bills fan spirit lives—the tailgate lots! We hope the drink represents the strength we have in numbers, and the power of combining our differences together to make something great.”Yannuzzi’s drink puts to use spirits from Buffalo distilleries, Tommyrotter American gin and Lockhouse Ibisco bitter (a New York State aperitif similar to Campari), as well as grapes from nearby vineyards and bitter local wildflower honey.”
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. 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 color 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.
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 D line and the linebackers are the strongest group in the Ram's current lineup,” says John Coltharp, the head bartender at Los Angeles’ Seven Grand. “This stiff cocktail is a tribute to those seven players; it also features the earthy flavors the Rams want the opposing running back to experience when they shove his face into the ground.”
If you’re looking to add a little chill to your pre-dinner coffee but don’t quite want to go the cold-brew route, the Lynx at Cambridge, Mass.’s Park is the cocktail for you. Instead of serving the drink over ice, the chilling agent is actually a giant, frozen cube of coffee. (This idea could get very dangerous, very fast.)