*Super Bowl Week* AFC/NFC Champion Cocktails

The big day is almost here, and we all know it’s not a Super Bowl party without some good old fashioned alcohol. Feel free to supplement these cocktails with a 12-pack of your favorite beer, but these two team-color-themed drinks are sure to get your head a-buzzing no matter which team you’re rooting for!

Unfortunately, my team didn’t make it this year, so I’m not really rooting for either one of these teams to win – I’m mainly watching the game for the commercials and won’t care who wins one way or the other – but I know plenty of folks out there are ready to see their team hoist that trophy, so I’ve put together drinks for either team’s supporters!

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As I said, I really don’t have a preference for who wins, so no judging me based on which recipe comes first! I decided that since my preferred team is in the AFC with the Broncos, I’ll start with the Bronco’s cocktail, which is a great spin on the tried-and-true tropical Rum Punch.

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In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups Barcardi rum, 1 cup triple sec, and 1/4 cup grenadine syrup. Stir to combine, then add 5 cups of orange juice. Chill until ready to serve, and then pour over ice in punch cups or sangria glasses.

If you’re looking to only make one:

Fill a glass with ice. Add 2 oz Bacardi rum, 1 oz triple sec, and 1/4 ounce grenadine syrup. Allow the grenadine to settle, and then fill the glass with orange juice. Stir and enjoy!

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If you’re a fan of tropical drinks, you’ll definitely love the Bronco’s cocktail!

If you’re more of a vodka lover and like a drink with a bite, then the Seahawks drink is definitely your speed! This cocktail is a spin off of an apple-tini.

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Begin by combining in a pitcher: 2 cups vodka, 2 cups sour apple schnapps, and 1/2 cup blue curaçao. Stir this to combine and chill until ready to serve. When serving, pour into ice-filled glasses until half full, and then fill the rest with Sprite or another clear, citrus-based soda. Don’t stir too much so you don’t make all the carbonation disappear!

If you’re only making one:

Fill a glass with ice. Add 2 oz vodka, 2 oz sour apple schnapps, and 1/2 oz blue curaçao. Fill the rest of the glass with Sprite, stir lightly, and enjoy!

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Full Recipes:

Broncos Bacardi Punch

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups Barcardi
1 cup triple sec
1/4 cup grenadine syrup
5 cups orange juice

Process:

1) In a large pitcher, add Barcardi, triple sec, and grenadine. Stir to combine.

2) Add 5 cups of orange juice, then chill until ready to serve.

Seahawks Sparkling Martini

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups vodka
2 cups sour apple schnapps
1/2 cup blue curaçao
4 cups Sprite or other clear soda

Process:

1) In a pitcher, add vodka, apple schnapps, and blue curaçao. Stir to combine.

2) When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and pour liquor mixture until glass is half full. Fill the rest of each glass with Sprite and serve!

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Bacardi Rum Punch

I think I’m going to go ahead and start posting drink recipes every Friday – mainly because these will probably be the most likely things to cause people to run to the store and buy something to complete the recipe, and the weekend typically provides ample time to do that! I’ll try and mix it up between non-alcoholic and those containing liquor!

Today’s is definitely a liquor drink – I made it for a large group of friends and everyone was demanding the recipe, so here it is! Rum has long been my liquor of choice – there aren’t many drinks made with it that I don’t like – so this is naturally one of my favorite drinks of all time. The best part is that you can make it ahead of time and then serve it later!

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In a large pitcher, combine 8 ounces Bacardi rum, 8 ounces triple sec, and 4 ounces raspberry pucker. Raspberry pucker is a pretty off the wall liquor, I know, so if you don’t have it and feel like you’ll never use it again if you were to buy it, you can either skip it entirely or use another red-based liquor. 2 ounces of grenadine would work, too. But I have to confess, I was even a little leery when I bought my bottle of raspberry pucker and it didn’t take it very long to get almost gone!! It’s fabulous for giving a little extra flavor to almost any tropical based drink.

On top of the liquor, add 4 cups of Pineapple-Orange-Banana juice. The kind I buy is by Dole and it’s usually between $2-3 for a 59 ounce bottle. Pineapple Orange Banana is basically the most awesome base for tropical drinks, especially because it works with drink recipes that call for either pineapple or orange juice. Using the combo gives a slightly different flavor but it’s still fabulous! (There’s also a ton of tropical drinks that call for both pineapple AND orange juice, which this is also, obviously, excellent for.)

Stir everything together and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, add 4-5 cups (or 3 cans) of any clear soda. I really like Black Cherry Citrus Fresca for this, which has a ton of flavor, but you can use Sprite, Ginger Ale, 7-Up, or any other clear soda you prefer.

Serve it over ice in your favorite glasses!

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Full Recipe:

Bacardi Rum Punch

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

8 ounces Bacardi White Rum
8 ounces triple sec
4 ounces raspberry pucker
4 cups pineapple orange banana juice
3 cans Black Cherry Citrus Fresca

Process:

1) Combine rum, triple sec, and raspberry pucker in a large pitcher.

2) Stir in pineapple orange banana juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

3) Add Black Cherry Citrus Fresca, stir 1-2 times (just enough to mix flavors without removing the carbonation) and serve over ice in your favorite drink glasses.