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Draw Play

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.“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.”

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Gold Rusher

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.“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.

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Abbott Road

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.“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.”

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Death Star

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.“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.

(image: Dan Durnell)

Rye-se Up

Rye 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.
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.

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Prairie Buzz

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The ideal nightcap for the coffee-inclined, the combination of cold brew and chinato in this cocktail by The Bennett in New York City make for the perfect balance of caffeinated zip and herbal calm.

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Spark & Stormy

Drambuie , Modern Classics

Who says coffee cocktails can’t be a little topical? This creation from Vance Henderson of Drambuie not only adds in the juiciness of pineapple but also notes of fresh basil and a splash of mezcal—just for fun.

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Shoulda Benne Pirate

Rum , Modern Classics

This sweet, locally inspired coffee drink from Harold’s Cabin in Charleston, S.C., adds a crumble of benne seed wafers, a South Carolina low country staple, for a unique, crunchy garnish. If you can’t find benne seed wafers, use thin sesame wafers instead.

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Midnight Oil

Rum , Modern Classics

“The Midnight Oil brings to life in cocktail form one of my all-time favorite snack combos: a morning coffee and a slice or two of banana bread,” says bartender Brett Esler of Whisler’s in Austin. “With an aged rum base, a touch of the Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur for a little depth and some vanilla extract to round it out, you have yourself a slightly caffeinated, fall-driven sipper.”

(image: Juliana Argentino)

Espresso Milk Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

A coffee-flecked spin on the classic brunch cocktail the Bourbon Milk Punch, this drink has quickly become a weekend favorite at New Orleans’ Cavan. The chicory liqueur adds an extra special New Orleans flourish.

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