Happy Hour ~ Are You Ready for Some Football??

In case you’re living under a rock, then you’ll know that this Sunday is Super Bowl 50 aka the biggest football of the year. Now normally I wouldn’t really care about football BUT my hometown’s team, the Denver Broncos, are playing, so you know I have to be all supportive.

Now the best part about the Super Bowl are the parties, even if you don’t like, or in my case understand, football you can eat, drink and be merry. To help you raise the bar at your local Super Bowl shindig, here are some Super Bowl inspired eats and drinks.

Spicy Baja Dip

With Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted Dressing & Sandwich Spread

Carefully Crafted

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 45 seconds

4 medium cloves  garlic, unpeeled

2 cups frozen, shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions

1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

5 Tbsp.  Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich Spread

1/4 cup  fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp.  salt

1/4 tsp.  ground cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp.  ground cumin

Put garlic in small microwave safe bowl. Cover and microwave at HIGH until tender, about 45 seconds. Let cool slightly then removes skins.

Process garlic and remaining ingredients in food processor until smooth. Serve, if desired, with gluten-free crackers, corn chips and/or fresh vegetable sticks.

Cheers to Coldplay with…Clear Skies

Clear Skies

Reach for a sky full of stars with this refreshing lemon and ginger cocktail sure to free your mind from game-day stresses, created with Ménage à Trois Vodka, an incredibly well-balanced, triple filtered and 100% gluten-free spirit.

1 ½ parts Ménage à Trois Vodka

¼ Tres Agaves Agave Nectar

3 Mint leaves

Juice of one lemon

Ginger beer

Directions: Fill shaker with ice and add Ménage à Trois Vodka, Tres Agaves Agave Nectar, 3 mint leaves, and lemon juice. Shake and pour into a highball glass. Top with ginger beer to taste and garnish with a mint leave that has been smacked in your palm.

Toast to Bruno Mars with…Fresher Than You

Fresher Than You

Created by Cody Goldstein – Founder of Muddling Memories and Head Bartender at Upholstery Store: Food and Wine

As fresh as peppermint, but bold with bourbon, and balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is uncut and unfiltered Maker’s Mark straight from the barrel – it’s got the front-of-the-palate flavor fans have come to know and love, just like Bruno.

¾ part Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

¾ part Cognac

¾ part Nonino Amaro

¼ creme de banana

3 dashes Peppermint bitters

Directions: Combine Maker’s Cask Strength, Cognac, Amaro, creme de banana and Peppermint Bitters into a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir for 10 seconds. Strain into coupe glass.

Salute to Beyoncé with…Bee Keeper

Bee Keeper 2

Created by Cody Goldstein – Founder of Muddling Memories and Head Bartender at Upholstery Store: Food and Wine

Packed with a punch and sure to excite your taste buds as Queen Bee spices up your night. Made with 100% estate grown blue agave tequila, CRUZ is handcrafted in small batches to ensure the finest quality possible- only the best of the best for Queen Bee. Enjoy this delicious riff of a margarita for a tantalizing Super Bowl party experience.

1 ½ parts CRUZ Tequila

1 part lemon juice

½ part honey syrup*

1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño

Combine ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and double strain into a coup glass. Garnish with a jalapeño ring.

* Honey Syrup: Combine 1 cup honey and ½ cup water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir, then take off heat and refrigerate.


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