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slides: 6 Great Cocktails To Serve on Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, February 01, 2013


It's not a Patriots Super Bowl Sunday, but it's a Super Bowl Sunday, and you still need to get your party on--especially your cocktail bar. The mixology pros at Bottles Fine Wine in Providence assembled the perfect Super Bowl Sunday bar--it's easy to assemble, and if you don't want to use these cocktail recipes, below, you can go online here to print out special cards with the recipes right on them. Now you can focus on what matters. Which, given who's playing, are the ads. 

All photos courtesy of Bottles Fine Wine. 


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Set Up

What to serve with your jalapeno poppers, buffalo wings and famous spinach dip? Beer of course, but cocktails are great too! You can serve cocktails and not miss any crucial moments of the game. Drink mixing should be limited to time-outs or commercials, so you need something quick, classic and with as few ingredients as possible.  Greet your guests with a cocktail, but also set up a self serve bar in your home arena so as not to lose a minute of action.

Self Serve Bar Set-Up

- Have an ice bucket with tongs, a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, bar spoon, and rocks glasses.
 - For mixers, have Angostura bitters, simple syrup, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, and ginger beer.
 - Include handles of a few staple liquors like Bourbon, Vodka, and Rum.
 - Pre-slice a bowl of limes. (Don't forget the orange wedges for Old-Fashioned's!)

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Moscow Mule

Great for: Vodka lovers

Moscow Mules were first popular in the 1950s, and are so easy to make, smooth, & refreshing, that there's no way they aren't making a comeback! 


1-2 parts Vodka

1 part Lime Juice

2-3 parts Ginger Beer

Add 2 or 3 ice cubes to Prairie Vodka, fresh Lime Juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer, and then stir.

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Old Fashioned

Great for: Bourbon fans

There are many variations on The Old Fashioned; here's our easy version that's simple enough for parties that uses Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Angostura Bitters. 


2 oz. Bourbon

Dash of Angostura Bitters

1 tsp. Simple Syrup

Orange Wedge

Add an ice cube or two and stir.

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Bourbon + Ginger Ale

Great for: Bourbon experimenters

Bourbon and ginger ale go together like peas 'n carrots! We are using Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey. Use your favorite ginger ale and serve this bubbly, refreshing drink over ice.


1 part Bourbon

2 parts Ginger Ale

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Vodka Tonic

Great for: Preppies

Almost everyone knows a Vodka Tonic. It's the classic you can't afford to leave off the bar.


1 part Vodka

2 parts Tonic Water

Lime Wedge

Combine Praire Vodka with Fentiman's Tonic Water over ice, and add a lime wedge.

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Great for: Rum lovers

A rum-based cocktail, Daiquiris have many variations; this is a basic version.


3 parts Rum

2 parts Lime Juice

1 part Simple Syrup

Fill a shaker with ice & all ingredients. Shake and strain into glass.

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Dark and Stormy

Great for: Rum lovers + sailors

A type of highball, a Dark & Stormy is a popular cocktail in the Rhode Island area. Use Gosling's Rum and Gosling's Ginger Beer. 


1 part Gosling's Rum

2 parts Gosling's Ginger Beer

Lime Wedge

Serve over ice.

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DIY Mixology

Let your guests play bartender

Everyone has variations on how they like their drink mixed. A self serve bar with helpful cocktail recipe signs lets them make the perfect drink to their own taste.

Now that you have assembled the tools and given your guests a quick playbook, all there is left to do is enjoy the game!


Things to do during a time-out:

- Check your ice situation. Good cocktails are chilled cocktails.

- Take out the trash (or just tie the bag and throw it on the back porch to be properly disposed later) 

- Make yourself a drink!

Get Bottles' downloadable cocktail signs, here.


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