In honor of Super Bowl XLVI—or 46 for the non-ancient Romans out there—I have assembled a bevy of beverages hailing from the two contenders’ hometowns. Take a week to gather the materials. Then serve these cocktails, anti-cocktails and beers up at your Super fest and even if the team you’re supporting loses, you’ll at least be properly soused by night’s end. Note: For all the über-competitive people out there, relax. I flipped a coin to decide which city went first.
New York Giants
Classic Cocktail: Bronx Cocktail
Yes, yes, I know they play in Jersey, but they used to play at Yankee Stadium, so here’s a nod to their ’56 to ’73 domicile. As with many legendary cocktails, origin myths abound. Our favorite is that a popular barkeep named Johnnie Solon concocted it at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel sometime around 1900, and that it was named for the zoo.
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. fresh orange juice
Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel.
One shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. Straight out of Williamsburg, this combo was all the rage a couple summers ago and is still perfect for a drinking game. Down a Pickleback every time Osi, Justin or Jason sacks the Golden Boy, for example.
Beer: Brooklyn Pilsner
Brooklyn Brewery is as close as we get to the Bronx as far as beer is concerned. This great brewery has been churning out excellent beer since 1988 and never disappoints. The pilsner is a light-bodied, flavorful beer that will go with most watch party fare.
New England Patriots
Classic Cocktail: Ward 8
Boston’s booze history isn’t as legendary as NYC’s, but their current cocktail scene is fantastic, and they do boast this old-school drink. It was created in 1898 at a joint called Locke-Ober for Martin “Czar of Ward 8” Lomasney, sort of the Boss Tweed of Boston. Lomasney kept a notebook of everyone who owed him a favor, as your guests will after you mix some of these up.
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Orange juice
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. grenadine*
Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. If you’re a stickler for accuracy, decorate with the Massachusetts flag.
OK, so the chances the Jägerbomb was invented in Boston are pretty slim, but given the number of college students in Boston, the chances the city has consumed more per capita than anywhere else are pretty good. Drop a shot glass full of Jägermeister into a glass of Red Bull and throw it back every time party boy Gronkowski makes a catch.
Beer: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Boston Brewing Co. is the brewery that started the craft beer movement way back in 1984 and is still an admired producer of some of the finest beers in America. Sure, some people will gripe that Sam’s not a microbrewer anymore, the same way indie snobs hate it when their favorite band goes big time. But as long as the quality remains, I’ll be a fan, and you should be too.