Superbowl Cocktails: Colorado vs Washington

We’re coming up on Superbowl Sunday, and this year, the Denver Broncos will go up against the Seattle Seahawks for the coveted Lombardi Trophy. There will be plenty of beer drinking, punch swilling, and crowd screaming to go along with what will be a great night of football and expensive adverts.

A great way to make your Superbowl party special is to serve drinks popular in Washington, Colorado, or both! No matter what, if you’re serving these, your party is sure to score all seven points.

Colorado

treeline-thumb-550x413The Tree Line

This “signature cocktail” of Colorado was developed in 2011 to celebrate the state’s centennial. A contest held by the Colorado Distillers Guild and the Colorado Bartenders Guild pitted mixologists against one another to see who could come up with the best Colorado based cocktail, and Marnie Ward of Denver’s Avenue Grill came out on top with the Tree Line.

Ingredients:
2 Bing cherries
2 oz Leopold’s Small Batch Whiskey
.5 oz Leopold’s Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Muddle cherries, lemon juice and simple syrup; add whiskey and Three Pins; add ice and shake. Serve up. Garnish with round slice of lemon peel (to replicate the Colorado sun). Drink and enjoy!

Beer

The number one brewing state in the United States, Colorado is home to 139 breweries, including top craft brewers, Left Hand Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing, and Oskar Blues Brewery.

Washington

washington appleWashington Apple Martini

A popular drink in Washington due to its use of, and taste similar to, the Washington Apple. I may not be the official drink of Washington, but it’s certainly close enough.

Ingredients:

1 oz Crown Royal
1 oz Sour apple liqueur
1 oz Cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon. Garnish with a slice of Washington apple.

Hawk Bomb

Why not take shots for every touchdown? The folks of Seattle love to do so with this tasty blue and green bomber. In fact, it’s so popular it’s literally on the menu in some Seattle bars.

Ingredients:

1 part mandarin or orange vodka
1 part blue curacao
Red Bull

In a cup, pour 3-4 oz of Redbull (depending on how much the drinker prefers). In a separate shot glass, combine vodka and blue curacao. Drop the shot glass into the cup and drink.

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