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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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Front Seven

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 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.”

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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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Lynx

Cognac , Modern Classics

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.)

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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.

(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.

(image: Tim Nusog)

Broadway Joe

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.
“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.”

(image: Tim Nusog)

Spirit of ’72

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.
“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.”

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