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Rise Up Red Sea

Tequila , Modern Classics

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.”

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Autumn Wind

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“With 2.5 ounces of liquor, this is the perfect cocktail for an Oakland Raiders fan,” says bartender Martin Delgado of Prizefighter in Emeryville, Calif. “Bold and strong while pleasantly refreshing, that is always my take away from a Raiders tailgate and a Raiders win. And as we are the Raiders, rum was without question the base spirit! Go, Raiders!”

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On the Wings of Eagles

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. This drink by Matthew Polzin of The Olde Bar is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles, whose team color is represented by the Green Chartreuse and team’s eagle represented on the bottle of Fernet-Branca.

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Henderson’s Mule

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Fifty years ago, the New Orleans Saints franchise was first announced right here at The Bayou Bar,” says Benton Bourgeois, a bartender at this Pontchartrain hotel bar. “Having been a Saints fan my entire life, one moment stands in my memory above all others: announcer Jim Henderson’s iconic call at the end of the 2010 NFC Championship game. ‘Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!’ I’ll never forget driving home down St. Charles Avenue after the game, every horn in the city honking, high-fiving the wall of exuberant fans that lined both sides of the street, listening to local radio station WWL replay Jim’s call over and over. This drink is for you, sir.”

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Nutty Ocho Rios

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This cocktail from Shane Paule, the bar manager at Austin’s Isla, sports the usual good stuff found in a Mai Tai but with an additional scrumptious nutty layer of macadamia nut liqueur.

Classic Margarita Cocktail

Margarita

Tequila , Classics Margaritas

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.

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Mularkey’s Secret Playbook

Whiskey , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“The Mularkey's Secret Playbook is named after the new head coach [Mike Mularkey] in hopes that he has the secret playbook to bring us a winning season,” says Etch bartender Mark Kremper. “The main components of the drink are Tennessee whiskey and Chartreuse. It wouldn't be a cocktail celebrating our Tennessee Titans if it wasn't made with Mr. Tennessee Whiskey himself, Jack Daniel’s. I chose to use its new single-barrel rye whiskey for its heat and spicy notes, to give our team the kick it needs to beat the competition, and paired it with Chartreuse, for which the secret recipe is known only by a select few (hence the playbook). This cocktail embodies our hopes for the season.”

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Shandy Khan

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
This teal-blue Shandy, named for Jacksonville, Fla., Jaguars owner Shad Khan, is made using some of Restaurant Orsay bartender Josh Strickland’s favorite local ingredients: beer from Intuition Ale Works (which is adjacent to Everbank Field, home of the Jags), rum from Marlin & Barrel distillery in nearby Fernandina Beach and a fresh Florida orange slice.
“This is perfect for those über-hot Florida tailgates early in the year. It's bright and refreshing without being so boozy that you’re in trouble before the fourth quarter starts,” says Strickland. "If you are a savvy tailgater, you will cook up a batch beforehand and simply top them off with beer and ‘blue stuff’ as you go.”

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Jabs & Dabs

Gin , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
Named after the Carolina Panthers’ signature dab move, Kindred bartender Blake Pope uses small-batch gin from nearby Sutler’s Spirit Co. in Winston-Salem, N.C., to make this variation on a Tom Collins. “This drink is served long, packs a mean punch and has a nasty bite,” says Pope.

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Curse of Bobby Layne

Tequila , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Introduced in 1930, Honolulu blue and silver have been the distinctive look of the Detroit Lions for almost the entire life of the franchise,” says Selden Standard bartender Rob Wilson. “Inspired by those colors, the cocktail features blueberries and [blue agave] silver tequila. The idea is to have the vinegar create a really pungent garnish, kind of like a pickled onion on a Martini. Fresh berries will lack that zing, so I’d definitely suggest pickling them or even just soaking them overnight in Champagne vinegar to at least get some of that flavor.”
(As for the name, in 1958, the Lions traded quarterback Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne, in response, supposedly said the Lions would not win for 50 years—though this statement has been disputed as a hoax and was never published at the time. But for the next 50 years, the Lions had the worst winning percentage of any NFL team.)

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