5 Satisfying Drinks To Get You Through Super Bowl Sunday

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on December 30, 2021

This year, Super Bowl 56 will make its long-awaited return to the Los Angeles area, where it hasn’t been since Dallas faced off against Buffalo in 1993. The game will be played on Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, and if you’re like me, it will be an all-day affair.

In the spirit of things, we have put together a list of five drinks to get you through the day – ideal to pair with the famed Super Bowl snacks you will undoubtedly be consuming throughout the game leading up to the confetti shower and the passing of the Lombardi Trophy.

Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. So please drink responsibly.

#1 Bloody Caesar

The day starts early. For this writer, Super Bowl Sunday marks the end of a long journey and, thus, should be treated much like one treats Christmas morning.

The first drink on the list is a Bloody Caesar, as pictured above.

Courtesy of our neighbors to the North, this drink is a different take on the American classic, the Bloody Mary. Both are equally satisfying and will do the trick, but for me, the Caesar provides that extra kick needed to navigate the day. 


  • Celery salt for rim
  • 2 ounces of favorite spirit (Titos Vodka for me)
  • 1 tablespoon clam juice
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon EACH: horseradish, preferred hot sauce, Worcestershire
  • 1/4 lime
  • 5 1/2 ounces prepared bloody mary mix (8 oz Zingers Bloody Mary mix works for me)
  • Pinch of black pepper


Wet the rim with the lime wedge, then dip in celery salt to coat the rim. Fill the glass with half ice, add vodka, clam juice, pickle juice, horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and lime. Stir together, then top with a pinch of black pepper.

Additional add-ons include a single stalk of celery, bacon, olives, pepperoncini peppers, cubes of cheese, or sliced meats.

Maybe you have the drink with breakfast, or if you’re like me, you consume it while browsing updated Super Bowl betting lines. Nonetheless, this drink sets the tone for the day and gets you ready for the gauntlet that follows.

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#2 cold beer

By now, lunch is rolling around. Maybe a couple of friends have arrived early to set up for the day’s activities which may, or may not include grilled meats. You toss Sports Center on loop or begin watching a classic football film like Friday Night Lights, Varsity Blues, The Program, Rudy, Any Given Sunday, or The Replacements.

Now, this transition phase from morning to afternoon is very delicate. If you lean too hard into the afternoon, it could derail the actual game, and you could find yourself asleep by halftime. 

Thus, drink number two is simple — cold beer.

A cold beer is a universal beverage, so the options are unlimited. Personally, I gravitate to a nice lager like Brooklyn Lager or Budweiser, something readily available and found almost anywhere. In other words, larger’s are also traditionally heavy, so I won’t be tempted to drink too many. 

In addition, other favorites include Tooth & Claw (Illinois), Devils Backbone Vienna Lager (Virginia), Narragansett (Rhode Island), and Great Lakes Eliot Ness (Ohio).

Toss back a couple of cold ones paired with burgers, maybe even a hearty steak, and you have yourself a perfect pre-game lunch. 

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#3 French 75

By now, it’s almost game time.

Above all, celebrate. You made it this far; maybe your team is playing in the game. Kick your feet up and sip on something to reward yourself for putting together such a memorable event. 

Drink number three is a French 75.


  • 1-ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 5 ounces chilled champagne


Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top the remainder of the glass with champagne and garnish with an orange peel (optional).

One flute of this cocktail is more than enough. One should not abuse the French 75; it’s a celebratory drink.  

Use this as a vehicle that will bring you headfirst into chicken wings, chips, and dips, pizza, or the thousands of food options for Super Bowl Sunday. 

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#4 gin & tonic

The halftime show, considered by some the most entertaining part of the Super Bowl, is a crossroads of sorts. 

If your team is winning, it becomes more enjoyable. Therefore you are excited, cheerful, more likely to stick around and watch. 

If your team is losing, you are probably wondering how the hell they even made it this far. You are angry yet optimistic. You might stick around for the show, but most likely, you will venture off into the kitchen or some other space to vent frustration with other like-minded individuals.

No matter the outcome, you will have a drink in your hand. Consider taking a break from the bulk of your supply, which may be some alcoholic punch or canned beer, and make yourself something to jumpstart the palate for the second half. 

As a result, drink number four is a simple gin & tonic.  


  • 2 ounces of preferred gin (Hendrick’s for me)
  • 4 ounces of chilled tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice


Pour gin and tonic into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and stir. Squeeze lime wedge over the drink, drop it in, and enjoy. 

Furthermore, this quintessential English cocktail can turn any pessimist into an optimist. It can also keep you elevated to near-superhuman levels, thus making it the perfect halftime beverage. Depending on the score, you might need one or two. 

You could even make a quick drink and check out the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. 

However, before the big night, you might want to revisit a few of their hits to get you excited for the festivities. 

Once the performance is over, you can return to your standard drink of choice and buckle in for the final 30 minutes of the NFL season.

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#5 Godfather

Finally, the night comes as swiftly as the day began. Perhaps you’re celebrating victory or wallowing in defeat. Regardless of your mood, the best way to finish football season is with a drink that can carry you into next year.

Drink number five is a Godfather.  


  • 2 ounces of preferred bourbon
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 Luxardo cherry
  • Ice


Place two ice cubes into a whiskey glass. Add the bourbon, amaretto, and cherry, then stir. 

In addition, this drink will give you the power needed to survive the offseason. In fact, it has the magical ability to provide clarity and can even make one knowledgeable about future events.

Arguably the greatest Super Bowl to be held in California, some say each member of the ‘72 Miami Dolphins had this cocktail the night before Super Bowl VII. Granted that, Miami would eventually defeat the Washington Redskins 14-7 and finish a perfect 17-0.

One nightcap of this drink will do. Turn off the television, throw out any stowaway guests, sit in your favorite chair and lose yourself in thought. Maybe your team lost. However, you will go to sleep and wake up the next day, the next day, and the day after. Sooner or later, that sting will fade, and before you know it, the 2022 NFL season will arrive.

On the other hand, if your team was victorious, make around for your fellow comrades. In fact, raise a glass to navigate the 18-week season, the playoffs, and finishing Super Bowl champions.

Final words of wisdom

As stated during the introduction of this list, you are competing in a marathon.

Pace yourself.

With this in mind, enjoy the moment, the conversations, remember the angle of sunlight and the jokes told. Remember what you are wearing, where you are sitting when the final seconds tick away. But most importantly, remember who you are sharing these drinks with because that is the most important aspect of Super Bowl Sunday.

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Nick has had stints in Chicago and Washington, D.C., writing about politics, financial markets, and sports betting. He graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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