Football Playoff Cocktails

The NFL Conference Championships are next weekend, and the Super Bowl is only three weeks away.  So, you need to be thinking about that signature cocktail you want to serve.  It has to have some winter type theme (cranberries, mulled, etc.) and it has to be drinkable by men and women.  OK, the guys always have the beer to fall back on (hopefully not literally), but cocktails that appeal to all are desirable.  Here’s a few from a recent article on Real Simple:

Bourbon & Blood Orange Blast:

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 cup blood orange juice
8 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig of mint for garnish

Directions

In a shaker, mix together the bourbon, blood orange juice, and mint leaves. Serve over ice in a low glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Chili-Spiced Bloody Marys:

Ingredients

3 cups tomato juice
3/4 cup vodka
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 teaspoon habanero pepper hot sauce
celery stalks and pickled jalapeños, for garnish

Directions

In a large pitcher, combine the tomato juice, vodka, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt, hot sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
Serve over ice; garnish each glass with a celery stalk and a jalapeño slice.

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