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Published January 28 2013

Benshoof: Try these themed drinks for Super Bowl Sunday

If you want to take your Super Bowl party to the next level this weekend, add some Super Bowl-themed drinks.

Try including a drink based on this year’s two Super Bowl teams – the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. Or, honor each city by offering a drink from their respective pasts.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started on the road to a successful Super Bowl Sunday:

San Francisco 49ers:

• Gold rush: Since San Francisco’s football team was named for the miners who went after the gold rush, what better drink to offer than one with gold in it? Goldschläger, a Swiss cinnamon schnapps, has tiny, thin flakes of gold leaf floating in it.

For an added touch of history, drink your Goldschläger drink in a martini glass – the classic mixed drink was supposedly invented in or around San Francisco in the 19th century.

• Whiskey, gin and bourbon, oh my. San Francisco has developed a reputation for being a city rich with cocktail options. To honor that heritage, make yourself a whiskey, gin or bourbon-based drink, like a Gin and Tonic or Old Fashioned.

• San Francisco brew: If you’re able to track them down, San Francisco is home to several notable breweries, such as Anchor Brewing Co. and 21st Amendment Brewery. They’re worth a try if you’re unfamiliar with them.

Baltimore Ravens:

• Something dark: Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in Baltimore for a short time and whose poem “The Raven” inspired the name of the football team, was a famously dark and macabre writer.

So, what better companion drink than a nice, dark beer? With winter seasonal brews at their peak, a rich stout or porter won’t be too hard to find.

• Flying Dog beer: Baltimore has a rich beer history, but you’re unlikely to find any of the local favorites around Fargo-Moorhead.

Instead, try searching out one of Maryland’s best beer companies – the Flying Dog brewery. Try their award-winning Doggie Style Pale Ale. It’s not brewed right in Baltimore, but it’s pretty close.

• Baltimore Zoo: It’s a little unclear how this drink got its name – it was apparently founded in Indiana, according to DrinksMixer.com. But whether it has any relation to Baltimore or not, it’s undeniably potent.

Mix a shot of vodka, rum, gin, triple sec, amaretto, grenadine and Southern Comfort peach liqueur. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice and add a dash of sweet and sour mix and a splash of beer.

• When all else fails, just come up with a purple drink and name it after the Ravens. Your guests won’t know any better.

After all, there’s nothing more suave than bellying up to the bar and ordering a Vodka Grape Soda.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535