For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“When you think about spirits in the desert of Arizona, tequila is the first that comes to mind,” says bartender Micah Olson of Phoenix’s Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails. “The watermelon and lime are there to quench one’s thirst in our hot and arid climate. I added some Campari to the mix as well, which is a bitter Italian liqueur. As a franchise, the Cardinals have had the longest active drought without a championship, which is something to be a little bitter about. Campari, watermelon and Peychaud’s bitters are also all red to reinforce the team’s colors. Rise up Red Sea is a reference to the Cardinal fans, aka the Red Sea.”
- 1 1/2 oz Fortaleza blanco tequila
- 1/2 oz Campari
- 1/2 oz Watermelon syrup (1:1 watermelon juice:sugar)
- 1/2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Garnish: Dried lemon wheel
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until cold.
Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass, and garnish with a dried lemon wheel.