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Friday, February 3, 2012

Super Bowl party? Why not make it a cocktail party?

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, and while most football Salt Lake City fans may not be personally invested in either team, it’s still a great excuse for a party.  While “beer” may pop into your mind as you plan your Super Bowl party (and you will certainly see enough beer commercials during the game), Utah cocktailians know that less filling cocktails are a better choice.  The secret of success is to offer tall (and therefore more dilute) drinks.  For Super Bowl cocktails, your best bet is to have ingredients for a variety of easy-to-mix, long drinks available to please all of your guests.  Select some cocktail recipes based on three or four liquors (e.g. Rum, Gin, and Tequila) so you have something to please everyone, invest in some citrus and mixers, grab some glasses and straws, and you’re ready for the kick-off. 

If that sounds too complicated, you could try a punch.  Punches are easy to make and require little attention once the party gets going.  One that the Utah Mixologists likes is President’s Punch, a delicious Rum punch for which you may already have most of the ingredients.  If you don’t feel like a Rum punch, that article contains some links to other punch recipes and related materials.  If you decide on punch, you might want to check your supplies just in case you need a quick run to the liquor store.  Remember: punch may be stronger than it tastes, so remind your guests to be careful.

Cocktails, punch, or beer, you should keep in mind that four or five hours of drinking is too much. Pace yourself, have lots of soft-drinks and water available, encourage your guests (and yourself) to take it easy and alternate hard and soft drinks, and, of course, know when to stop.  Always drink responsibly…
Here are links to some simple, classic long drink recipes, check out the ingredients and find some that sound good, then stock up and enjoy your cocktail fueled Super Bowl party!

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