Where’d you get that, dark and handsome?
Hi-de-ho, doll. Planning a Super Bowl soirée? If so, you’re probably already stocking up on the suds. But why not kick things off on Sunday night with a beer-based signature cocktail instead of the straight stuff? Aletails, as they’re called, are festive, delicious and the cat’s meow with salty and spicy game-day nibbles. Here are five of our favorites to consider. Choose a stout-based drink to warm the crowd or a lighter brew for a refreshing touch. The best part? Making them is, you guessed it, a snap.
The Stout and Stormy (created by Goat Town in New York City)
8 ounces of Southern Tier 2X Milk Stout
1 ounce ginger syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Shake the ginger syrup and lime juice with ice to create the ginger beer base. Strain the mixture into a pint glass full of ice. Float the stout on top of the mixture and garnish with a lime wedge. Stir gently with a straw to combine the ingredients before drinking. Add extra lime juice, if desired.
Sriracha-Lada (created by Bon Appetit)
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Sriracha
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Mexican lager such as Pacifico
Combine lime juice, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce in a salt-rimmed pint glass filled with ice. Top off with lager. Garnish with lime wheel.
1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
5 ounces light lager such as Sankaty Light by Cisco Brewers or Sam Adams light
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
5 one-inch pieces peeled fresh ginger cut into thin matchsticks
Fill 12-ounce cooler or highball glass with ice cubes. Add ginger liqueur, beer, and lemon juice and stir until combined. Garnish with ginger sticks.
The Irish Russian
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Kahlúa
1 dash Coca-Cola
6 ounces of good stout
Add the ingredients in the order listed above. Add the stout with care to prevent an excess of foam.
The Beer’s Knees
1-1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce freshly pressed lemon juice
1 ounce honey syrup (1:1 honey and water)
3 ounces hefeweizen-style beer (a German style of wheat beer) like Widmer Hefeweizen
1 lemon wedge for garnish
Combine gin, juice and honey syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a collins glass with or without ice. Top with beer and garnish with lemon.
And when it’s time to make your toast…
You foam within our glasses, you lusty golden brew,
Whoever imbibes takes fire from you.
The young and the old sing your praises,
Here’s to beer,
Here’s to cheer,
Here’s to beer!
- From The Bartered Bride, a comic opera composed in the 1860s
Introductory photo: Lone Andre, 1940s
Introductory quote: She Done Him Wrong, 1933
Photos: Goat Town, Bon Appetit, Epicurious,Foodviva, Aviation Gin