Friday, February 4, 2011

Super Bowl Means Drinks and Snacks and We’ve Got Some Great Recipes

Chorizo Sobres are ideal for a Super Bowl party. Perfect with a Sidewinder, these small bites filled with spiced Spanish sausage and peaches disappear quickly. Serve them with our cooling dipping sauce.

The Super Bowl is like the Oscars: It lasts a lot longer than you think it’s going to. So what are you going to imbibe for four hours while you and your gridiron-loving guests are huddled around the flat screen watching the Steelers and the Packers ram each other? How about some porky apps washed down with a few highballs. But more on that in a moment.

P(r)ep TimeEven though neither team keeps a cheerleading squad on the payroll, you can easily rectify this. During a lull in the action, or better yet, before the game begins, gather your guests and assign a captain/choreographer to come up with some basic, fun cheers for when your team scores a touchdown, safety, or field goal. For extra credit, you or the guest who emits the most artistic flair can create a dance-piece interpretation to be performed as the Black Eyed Peas entertain us with the theme to Dirty Dancing during halftime. (Hint: you and your partner need to rent or stream this iconic movie now to learn a few steps. And when the Black Eyed Peas start their crooning, just go for it and feel the rhythm of the music take control. Your guests will be surprised by your “spontaneity” and be equally impressed with your terpsichorean prowess.)

Go Team! But what are you going to eat and drink for four hours?
Drink Time
To do all this, you’ll need some drinks to carry you through the blessed event, but ones that won’t weigh you down. You don’t want to be snoring in front of the television when your favorite team scores the winning touchdown. We suggest highballs for most of your viewing. And only ones with an ounce or an ounce and a half of booze, filled with ice, and topped with soda or your favorite soft drink. Keep it simple. Keep it tasty. Keep ’em coming. Here are a few recommendations.


1 to 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
equal parts ginger ale and soda (about 1 ounce each)

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the whiskey. Give it a little stir. Top with ginger ale and soda. If you're feeling fancy, add a lemon twist.


1 to 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila (you can use reposado tequila if you like a little more bite)
ginger ale (you can use ginger beer is you like a little more zing)
lime wedge

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the tequila. Give it a little stir. Top with ginger ale. Squeeze lime and drop wedge in glass.

And because of the sheer number of Polish-Americans who will be rooting for either team (Milwaukee and Pittsburgh Polish population rivals that of Warsaw), we suggest a Buffalo Fizz.

Buffalo Fizz
(created by Cocktail Buzz)

1 to 1/2 ounces Żubrówka (Polish bison grass vodka; try Żu brand)
Sparkling apple cider (such as Martinelli’s)

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the bison grass vodka. Give it a little stir. Top with sparkling cider.

Snack Time
Pigs in a Blanket are perfect with a Buffalo Fizz. Just make sure you make plenty

For some accompanying grub, we suggest some pigs in a blanket and chorizo sobres. And if you’ve already gone through the trouble of deep-frying some of the sobres, why not slice up some sweet potatoes to make some homemade potato crisps, seasoned with a warming spice blend. Just click on the links to read the recipes.

How’s that choreography coming?

Seasoned sweet potato crisps will keep the fans happy throughout the Super Bowl. Just keep a few bowls filled with them scattered about the room.

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