As we gear up for the most anticipated sporting event of the year, it's time to elevate your Super Bowl party game with some tantalizing cocktail recipes that celebrate diversity, inclusion, and good old-fashioned fun. At HopScotch and Grape®, we're all about shaking things up, both in the glass and in the industry, so get ready to sip, savor, and support a more diverse alcohol landscape!
Today, we're not only bringing you delicious cocktail recipes perfect for Super Bowl Sunday, but we're also shining a spotlight on the importance of cultural sensitivity and diversity within the alcohol industry. So, grab your shakers and let's dive in!
Addressing Cultural Sensitivity
Before we delve into the recipes, let's address something important. As we celebrate the Kansas City team making it to the big game, we want to do so in a way that respects and acknowledges cultural sensitivity. We feel that the Kansas City team uses wording and imagery that is culturally insensitive and inappropriate.
That's why we've renamed one of the cocktails from "Arrowhead Red Rush" to "Kansas City Red Rush." We understand that certain terms can be hurtful or disrespectful, and as advocates for diversity, we believe it's crucial to be mindful of the language we, as a society, use.
Super Bowl Cocktail Creations
We're bringing you two irresistible cocktail recipes that are sure to elevate your Super Bowl Sunday experience. Each cocktail is carefully crafted to bring a burst of flavor and a touch of sophistication to your game day festivities.
Kansas City Red Rush
Get ready to cheer on Kansas City with this vibrant and refreshing cocktail. The KC Red Rush combines the bold flavors of Milam and Greene Rye whiskey with the tartness of fresh lemon juice and the sweetness of grenadine syrup. Finished with a splash of club soda and a sprinkle of smoked paprika, this cocktail is as dynamic as the team it's named after.
San Francisco Gold Rusher
Transport yourself to the sunny streets of San Francisco with the SF Gold Rusher. This invigorating cocktail features the rich and complex notes of Brough Brothers Bourbon, complemented by the herbal undertones of Fernet-Branca and the zesty kick of freshly squeezed lemon juice. With a hint of ginger and a touch of honey, this cocktail is a golden treasure worthy of any Super Bowl celebration.
Dive into the recipes below and raise a glass to diversity, inclusivity, and the joy of coming together to enjoy great drinks and great company on game day!
Celebrating Diversity in the Alcohol Industry
Diversity in the alcohol industry is something we're passionate about, which is why we've chosen to feature the following two brands in these cocktails:
Milam and Greene Rye Whiskey
Milam and Greene is not only known for its exceptional quality but is also proudly woman-owned and LGBTQ-owned. Milam & Greene is a distillery located in the Texas Hill Country that was founded by Marsha Milam, Heather Greene and Marlene Holmes. Their commitment to inclusivity shines through in every sip, making them the perfect choice for any gathering.
Brough Brothers Bourbon
Brough Brothers Bourbon, founded by Victor, Chris, and Bryson Yarbrough, is the first and only Black-owned distillery in the state of Kentucky. Their dedication to crafting exceptional bourbon while breaking barriers in the industry is truly inspiring, making them the ideal addition to any cocktail.
So, whether you're rooting for Kansas City, San Francisco, or just in it for the commercials, let's raise a glass to diversity, inclusivity, and a Super Bowl Sunday filled with delicious cocktails and good company. Cheers to a game well-played and a brighter, more inclusive future in the alcohol industry!
Because Diversity is the taste of life®!
Super Bowl Cocktail Recipes
Kansas City Red Rush Recipe
2 oz Milam and Greene Rye whiskey
1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Grenadine syrup (for that deep red hue)
1/2 oz Cherry Heering or cherry liqueur
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 oz Club soda
A small pinch of smoked paprika (for garnish)
Lemon twist (for garnish)
Maraschino cherry (for garnish)
Fill a highball glass with ice to chill it, and set aside.
In a shaker, combine the rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, grenadine syrup, cherry liqueur, and Angostura bitters.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds or until well-chilled.
Discard the ice from the highball glass and strain the cocktail mixture into it.
Top with club soda for a refreshing fizz.
Drop a pinch of smoked paprika over the surface of the drink to add a hint of smokiness and depth.
Garnish with a lemon twist and a maraschino cherry on a skewer.
San Francisco Gold Rusher Recipe
1 1/2 ounces Brough Brothers bourbon
1/2 ounce Fernet-Branca
3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 ounce ginger solution*
1/2 ounce honey syrup**
1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: mint sprig
Add the bourbon, Fernet-Branca, lemon juice, ginger solution, honey syrup, and Angostura bitters to a shaker filled with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain over a large hand-cut chunk of ice into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
Serve and enjoy!
Remember to enjoy responsibly!