Football season is usually associated with beer, but that doesn’t mean cocktails can’t make an appearance on game day. Whether you’re mixing up single-serving drinks for yourself or making a large batch of punch and serving a crowd, good drinks are always in season.
Kelly Ronan, bartender and co-owner of Seattle’s Lark, created this cocktail in honor of her hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks. “This is a perfect cocktail for morning games—not too boozy, and bright and refreshing with the effervescent ginger beer,” she says. “We use lots of local products at Lark, even at the bar. OOLA is a fantastic local distillery—it’s right down the street, actually—so we use its gin and Rachel’s Ginger Beer, which is a super spicy locally made ginger beer that nearly every Seattleite is obsessed with. The berries and kiwi add a little extra flavor and of course our favorite colors.”
The blue-and-green drink goes down easily. Tall and refreshing, it pairs well with typical game day foods like nachos and wings. But with all that fruit in the glass, you can balance things out by chasing the cocktail with a healthy snack.
- 1 1/2 ounces OOLA gin (or another bright, floral gin)
- 1/4 ounce apricot brandy
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced into wheels
- 3 ounces Rachel’s Ginger Beer (or another high-quality ginger beer)
- Garnish: mint leaf
Add the gin, apricot brandy, lime juice, simple syrup and mint leaves to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a Collins glass filled with the blueberries, kiwi and ice.
Top the drink with the ginger beer, garnish with a mint leaf, and serve with a straw.