It IS great time to entertain your friends and family—make those memories stand out with a themed cocktail drink!
As you plan your football party, there are some quick and easy ways for you to enjoy the day too. Keeping it casual and having plenty of food around is one way (see my previous post). But, one exception to the “casual” rule—I always have a ‘welcome drink’ ready for my guests as they arrive. I love thinking about focal points for my gatherings. One way to do this is by making drinks that are color coordinated with the teams playing.
So, how about something BLUE if one of the teams playing is the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos? Blue Curaçao is made from the dried peelings of the Laraha bitter orange native to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. The color comes from a natural food coloring used after the distillation process. It’s also the base mix of a drink called the Polaroid.
I guess they gave it that name because it’s so vivid and striking when you set it out on the table. The mix is all around Blue Curaçao, a liquor made from the dried peelings of the Laraha bitter orange native to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. The color comes from a natural food coloring used after the distillation process. Mix this drink when you really want to make a statement.
- 1 oz of your favorite Vodka, chilled
- 1 oz of Blue Curacao
- 1 oz of a clear soda (e.g., Sprite or 7UP) to fill
Fill a suitable glass with ice, add the above ingredients, and stir gently. Add a sprig of mint or a wheel of lime or orange.
Or, how about something GREEN if either the NY Jets or Green Bay Packers are playing? The key mix is Chartreuse, an herbal spirit made by Carthusian monks in the mountains of South East France for the past 200 years that’s a distillation of 130 herbs and flowers. The rough French pronunciation is ‘shart-ruz,’ the name of the Grande Chartreuse monastery where the monks live.
This is a classic cocktail that features this well-loved liquor with a splash of gin and sweet vermouth. The mix originates from the 1800s, and I’ll give you one guess why they call it the “Bijou.”
- 1½ oz. gin
- ¾ oz. green Chartreuse
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters (Regan’s)
Stir ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled goblet or martini glass. Enjoy!
Here’s something RED, if the Kansas City Chiefs or NY Giants are playing? It’s an easy set up for chilled glasses of Bloody Mary’s—as if you need a reason to mix up a batch of Bloody Mary, right? This classic mix originates from the St. Regis of New York where it was invented!
Get a pitcher and mix up your favorite Bloody Mary mix (see below) and stash it away in the refrigerator until guests arrive. Make sure that your bar is complete with great vodkas (freezer chilled) with all the fun garnishes you can think of – including bacon, pickled beans (see my video), baby corn, olives—and don’t forget the celery!
- Juice of 3 lemons
- 2.5 liters tomato juice
- 5 oz. Worcestershire sauce
- 10 dashes Tabasco® sauce
- 2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp. ground celery salt
- 2 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
Pour ingredients into a pitcher and stir well. Use immediately or seal and refrigerate. Strain peppercorns from mix before adding alcohol.
Having team color coordinated cocktails as a welcome drink is a great way to great your guests and set the tone for the party. It’s a fabulous way to start a conversation and excite some team spirit as well!