It’s almost that very special time of year, sports fans! If you’re in charge of hosting a pro football championship viewing party this year, we’ve got your menu all planned out for you. This delicious cocktail recipe is a throwback to the San Francisco Bay Area, where the big game is being hosted this year, and our party foods are delicious and easy to munch on. So what are you waiting for? Let’s kick off this party!
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The Extra Point: A True San Francisco Treat
The San Francisco Bay Area is host to this epic 50-year football celebration, so I thought I’d take some inspiration from the City by the Bay and it’s storied cocktail history to bring you a local cocktail everyone will love.
The city’s Barbary Coast played host to many a gold miner looking to strike it rich during the Gold Rush in the mid 1800s, and bartenders in the area used the exotic ingredients coming into San Francisco’s port to invent new drinks.
There are at least five cocktails known to have been invented in San Francisco Bay Area bars, and the list reads much like a favorite bar menu and includes such classics as the Martini (invented in Martinez, north of San Francisco), Pisco Punch, and the ever-famous Mai Tai.
It’s true! This legend of a cocktail was created by Victor Bergeron, aka Trader Vic. Trader Vic’s original bar was in Oakland, a Bay Area city. And when it comes right down to it, who doesn’t love a Mai Tai? This cocktail is so darn tasty and is the perfect crowd pleaser for a party like the Big Game. To play up the 50-year celebration, I added a touch of gold and twisted the name a bit, but the deliciousness of this drink will not disappoint.
The Extra Point Recipe
No paper umbrellas or tiki mugs needed here — go simple with some mint and a glittering gold rim for the perfect party drink.
Tools: Cocktail shaker
Extras: Gold sanding sugar, lime wheel, and mint for garnish
Servings: 2 cocktails
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces aged or dark rum
- 1 ounce Orgeat syrup (otherwise known as Almond syrup — Torani’s is great!)
- 1 ounce orange Curacao
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
- Lots of ice!
- Add ice to shaker. Add all liquid ingredients.
- Shake it like you mean it! You need to really blend those ingredients together, so shake for about a minute.
- Pour shaker contents into cocktail glass without straining.
- Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig.
Start making a little party history for yourself and serve this pitcher-style with a line-up of pre-garnished glasses and you’ll be “cheering” all the way into the fourth quarter! Simply multiply the ingredients for the number of guests you’ll be serving, keep the mixture chilled until needed, and place the ice in a bucket next to your glasses. Guests can make their own cocktails and you can enjoy the game.
Game Day Treats & Eats
Watching the game wouldn’t be the same without game day munchies. Everyone’s eyes are on the game, and this is not the time to be serving sloppy, messy food, as we all know how important the snacks are on this big day. A major spill could disrupt everyone’s game watching experience. The secret is to make incredible food in handy, individual serving sizes. I’ve found 11 of the best party foods and recipes that will score big with your family and friends on this very special, sportsy Sunday.
Meatball Subs on a Stick
Source: Cookies & Cups
These clever meatball subs on a stick make perfect party appetizers. They’re not messy, and Pillsbury® breadstick dough makes them a snap to create.
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Crispy Potato Skins
Source: What’s Gaby Cooking
These crispy potato skins stuffed with refried beans and bacon and topped with cheese, salsa, guacamole, and chives will be the hit of your party!
French Dip Sliders
Source: Neighbor Food
Turn tender beef brisket into delicious sandwiches that are easy to eat on this sports-themed Sunday.
Pass around a tub of this chocolate popcorn, or serve in individual containers. Either way, this amazing snack will get polished off quickly!
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
Source: Kirbie’s Cravings
Skip the messy, greasy pizza and opt for convenient and tasty pepperoni pizza puffs. You’ll get all the flavor of pepperoni pizza in handy two-bite muffins.
Source: Love From the Oven
These pretzel bites are decorated in green, but you can easily change up the candies used up so they represent the colors of your football team. You won’t be able to stop reaching for bite after bite!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Macaron
Source: Adventures in the Kitchen
Make these bright and cheery macarons that are flavored with pumpkin spice buttercream for a no-fuss, easy dessert.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
No football viewing party is complete without dip. You’ll love snacking on this indulgent dip made with spinach, Parmesan, and artichoke hearts.
Easy Garlic Knots
Refrigerated bread sticks and dough make these easy garlic knots a breeze to make, and melted butter and garlic transforms them into irresistible snacks.
Mac & Cheese Pizza Muffins
Source: Rachel Cooks
Two favorites come together in these mac & cheese pizza muffins that are so handy and easy to eat, so you can still keep your eyes on the football game!
Piña Colada Cheesecake Shots
If you want a dessert that tastes fantastic and is super easy to eat, then consider these cheesecake shots. They are an easy way to incorporate a touch of alcohol and some sweets into your party mix.
- 2 packets graham crackers
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- Zest of 1 lime
- 2 Tablespoons coconut milk
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- Topping: Whipped cream, fresh pineapple, and 1 teaspoon toasted coconut
- Crust: Mix two packets of graham crackers with 1/4 cup sugar and 6 tablespoons melted butter in a food processor.
- Filling: Blend together two 8-ounce light cream cheese, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, zest of 1 lime, 2 tablespoons coconut milk and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Optional: Add a splash of rum.
- Place crushed graham cracker mixture in bottom of glass. Fill with cheesecake filling. Top with whipped cream, fresh pineapple and 1 teaspoon of toasted coconut.