Do you consider yourself a foodie? Looking for an idea for some good eats for your Super Bowl party? Look no further…
You’ll have the standard party fare of nachos, guacamole, wings, etc. Impress your guests and kick it up a notch with some regional fare paying homage to the teams going head to head in Sunday’s showdown.
Starting with a variation on the classic Manhattan cocktail, a blueberry garnish and splash of vermouth help round off The Big Blue, an ode to the Giants franchise and their decorated history. Or opt for The Manning Special instead, inspired by the Giant’s quarterback and his cool, calm and collected demeanor. If you’re rooting for the Patriots, try The Brady Bomb, an explosive and game-changing cocktail made with cherry vodka, Red Bull energy drink and grenadine syrup, or go for The Gronk, named after their prolific tight end and towering with tequila, white creme de cacao, blue curacao and cream.
So make your picks and pour your drinks. It’ll be hard to go wrong with these tasty sips — especially if you give in and go for all four. Bottoms up, folks.
Big Blue (NY Giants-inspired cocktail) Courtesy of Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, Wine Director at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Ingredients: 2 oz rye whiskey 1/2 oz sweet vermouth 2-3 dashes bitters Fresh blueberries for garnish
Directions: Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with blueberries
Manning Special (NY Giants-inspired cocktail) Courtesy of Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, Wine Director at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh blueberries 1 small lime wedge 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 ounces gin 1/2 oz grenadine Ice 2 oz chilled club soda
Directions: Muddle 15 blueberries with the lime wedge and sugar. Add the gin and ice and shake well. Strain into a highball glass half-filled with ice, top with the club soda and grenadine, and garnish with the remaining blueberries.
Brady Bomb (NE Patriots-inspired cocktail) Courtesy of Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, Wine Director at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Ingredients: 1 oz cherry vodka 3 oz Red Bull energy drink 1 splash grenadine syrup
Directions: Pour vodka and Red Bull energy drink into a small glass. Add grenadine slowly so it sinks to the bottom without mixing for a layered effect.
The Gronk (NE Patriots-inspired cocktail) Courtesy of Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, Wine Director at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz tequila 1/2 oz white crème de cacao 1/2oz blue curaçao 1/2 oz cream maraschino cherry for garnish
Directions: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or in an ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
You’ve got the drink menu; now…
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England encompasses Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island — making for a diverse food scene. These Patriot-themed recipes include some of the region’s most popular foods — take your pick, or ask everyone to bring a New England-themed dish.
Baked Beans: BBQ Baked Beans and Sausage Maple-Bacon Baked Beans
Cheddar Cheese: White Cheddar and Scallion Cornbread Potato Skins with Bacon and Cheddar
Blueberries: Chicken-Apple Sausages with Blueberry Ketchup
Whoopie Pies: Chocolate Whoopie Pies
NEW YORK GIANTS
From pizza to pretzels, New York has so many iconic foods. If you’re a Giants fan, get inspired by the city’s street foods, like pretzels, hot dogs, falafel and pizza. Whatever you serve, don’t forget the New York-style cheesecake!
Pretzels: Soft Pretzels
Manhattan Cocktail: Manhattan