For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Every Friday of football season, in honor of the Colts, Indianapolis’ Spoke & Steele serves these electric-blue drinks from a slushie machine alongside its spicy “famous nug” meatballs during happy hour.
- 1 1/2 ounces Effen vodka
- 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
- 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce spiced simple syrup*
- 2 dashes plum bitters (or Angostura orange bitters)
- 2 dashes saline solution (1:1 salt:water)
Add all of the ingredients to a blender with 3/4 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
Serve in a rocks glass.
*Spiced simple syrup: Add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 whole cloves, freshly grated nutmeg and a couple of pieces of lemon peel to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature, and strain.