6 Super Bowl Cocktails (So You Don't Have to Drink Beer)

You’ve been throwing back brews every Sunday (and sometimes Mondays, and, um, Thursdays) this NFL season. And they’ve been great! Thank you, America, for undergoing a craft beer renaissance these past few years. But this Sunday is the Super Bowl, so consider upping your drinks game. Upping it, like, with a Boston shaker and a Hawthorne strainer and a rocks glass.

It’s time to pair football and cocktails. Not only because Super Bowl Sunday is a special occasion, but also because, contrary to popular belief, not all football fans are beer drinkers. (We know. MIND = BLOWN.)


Bloody Mary: Start the day with a classic Bloody. The bracing horseradish will clear your head of all else but the game in front of you. IT’S TIME TO FOCUS.


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Margarita: Coarse salt and a good dose of lime juice both help cut through all of those rich game-day foods.

Black Velvet: Just because you’re taking a step beyond beer doesn’t mean there can’t be beer in your drink. Start with Guinness; top with Champagne (Champagne!). Done.


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Michelada: We’d be hard-pressed to find a better pairing for guacamole. This version of the classic Mexican cocktail involves beer, fresh limes, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and a couple dashes of hot pepper sauce.

Negroni Punch: Hot wings are great for your spirits and your taste buds, but not for your tummy. The Campari in this large-format (read: serves all your friends in one shot) Negroni will help settle it.


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Irish Coffee: After all is said and done, you’re going to need a little pick-me-up—but not a sober-up, at least not quite yet. Coffee + whiskey is just the ticket.

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