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4 Fun Cocktails to Serve During the Big Game

posted: 02/03/17
by: Blythe Copeland

The simplest way to stock the bar at your football viewing party is with a few (or more than a few) cases of your favorite beer. But if you're hosting a crowd that prefers cocktails, or if you just want to break from your usual routine, try a batch of these beverages instead. From simple tailgate punch to homemade syrup mixers, these beer alternatives are the cocktail version of a touchdown.

1. Tailgate Punch

Not many events call for drinks that remind you of the cocktails you drank during college -- but football games and tailgates are the exception. This three ingredient recipe for a tailgate punch, Brose, from Real Simple requires nothing but beer, vodka, and lemonade concentrate; you can substitute tequila and other concentrated juices for a margarita-inspired alternative. They recommend mixing and serving it in a cooler, but for a smaller group --or a less college-y vibe -- use pitchers, glassware, and freshly sliced citrus for garnish.

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails
Joy the Baker

2. Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

Sweet tea may be a summertime standard -- especially in Atlanta, home of the Falcons -- but when mixed with bourbon, mint, and muddled orange in this recipe from Joy the Baker it becomes an essential part of your bar spread during the big game. Serve it alongside a menu of classic southern foods for a themed meal in honor of the NFC champions.

The New england Express Drink
Bon Appetit

3. New England Express

Show your love for the Patriots by mixing up a batch of New England Express cocktails with this recipe from Bon Appetit. Though the drink, a mix of rum and cider with lime juice, thyme syrup, bitters, and club soda, is inspired by fall flavors and "early New England Thanksgivings," the combination will be just as welcome to warm you up during a chilly February football game.

Cranberry Ginger Shandy
Martha Stewart

4. Cranberry Ginger Shandy

If the traditionalists on your guest list won't be happy without beer-based drink, offer a cranberry ginger shandy that's a pretty combination of winter flavors. The homemade cranberry ginger syrup from Martha Stewart combines fresh berries, sugar, and grated ginger -- you can make it in advance to cut down on pre-party prep -- and is a festive way to dress up regular beer.