When it comes down to it, the Super Bowl is all about performance; from who will win and who will lose to, of course, the quality of the commercials and halftime show.
And let’s not forget the pressure of making friends and family a tailgating feast. While we hope you have your menu of pizza, wings and chips set, we thought you might still be a bit anxious about the drinks.
So, to help you serve something more delicious than six-packs of beer, we enlisted the aid of Mike Ryan, talented bartender at the acclaimed establishment Sable Kitchen & Bar in football-crazy Chicago. (When pressed, however, Ryan admits he prefers the Eagles to the Bears.) But we didn’t just want any tasty recipe; we wanted a cocktail that would electrify a room like a kickoff-return touchdown. Talk about stress…
All-star that he is, Ryan came through. His aptly named Super Sunday Punch Bowl of Freedom is a real game-changer. It’s a flavorful mix of all-American ingredients, including bourbon, apple brandy, ruby red grapefruit juice, honey, sweet tea and baking spices. And the best part is that it can be assembled ahead of time and satisfies a thirsty crowd. (And if you’re truly feeling inspired, Ryan says you can even serve it in a pair of plastic-wrap-lined football helmets.)
Once it’s made, all you have to do is ladle out a few glasses and then sit back and relax. Enjoy the game!
Super Sunday Punch Bowl of Freedom
Contributed by Mike Ryan INGREDIENTS:
6 Cinnamon sticks
25 Whole cloves
1 tsp Whole allspice berries
1 (750-mL) bottle 100-proof Bottled in bond bourbon
1 (750-mL) bottle Laird’s Apple Brandy
25 oz Ruby red grapefruit juice
25 oz Honey
10 oz Sweet tea
Garnish: 1 apple, cored and sliced
Wrap the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice in cheesecloth, tie into a bundle and place in a punch bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly. Fill with ice, stir and garnish with apple slices. (If assembling ahead of time, refrigerate after stirring together the ingredients and add the ice just before serving.)