12 Crowd-Pleasing Drinks for the Big Game

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SPORTS DRINK

With the matchup set for the 2017 Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, football fans may already be thinking about food and drinks to stockpile for a party. These recommended beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will score with guests while staying on budget.
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CRANBERRY ALMOND KICKER

If you're rooting for the New England Patriots, a cranberry almond kicker is the cocktail for you, according to the cocktail site Mix 'n Sip. Cranberries are native to the region -- think of early Thanksgiving feasts. To make eight drinks, mix 1 cup of vodka, half a cup of amaretto, 2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail, and 3 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed orange juice in a pitcher ahead of time and chill until kickoff. Serve over ice and garnish with a clementine segment.
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PATRIOTS PASS

There are several variations on this red and blue drink that pays homage to the New England Patriots. A version from the blog Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps uses vodka (2 ounces) and pomegranate liqueur (1 ounce) topped off with Sprite, pomegranate seeds, and blueberries (use frozen to save money).
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SCARLETT O'HARA

This drink named after the "Gone With the Wind" vixen pays tribute to the famous film set in Atlanta, home of the NFC champion Falcons. The beverage combines two parts Southern Comfort, two parts cranberry juice, and one part fresh lime.
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RHETT BUTLER

Another ode to the Atlanta Falcons and "Gone With the Wind" is the Rhett Butler. As catalogued on CocktailDB, this drink combines 1.5 ounces of Southern Comfort, half an ounce of lemon juice, a quarter ounce of lime juice, and a quarter ounce of orange CuraƧao.
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MARGARITA MADNESS

There's no easier way to keep party revelers happy than by whipping up a big pitcher of margaritas. Step it up a notch with one of Cheapism.com's recommended tequilas under $30. Serve with some tasty chips and guacamole and sit and sip with the gang instead of spending the evening behind the bar playing mixologist.
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BLOODY MARY

Is there a better Sunday drink than a good Bloody Mary? Keep it simple with vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper and garnish with celery. Or go big and set up a Bloody Mary bar with multiple hot sauces and tomato juice varieties. Put out small bowls of bacon, olives, shrimp, lime wedges, and cheese cubes and invite guests to garnish their own drinks. Spices such as paprika, garlic salt or powder, celery salt, lemon pepper, and Old Bay seasoning add a kick and are probably already in the cupboard.
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NEW BELGIUM FAT TIRE

With its broad appeal, New Belgium Fat Tire is welcome at any celebration. In a blind taste test of nine budget beers by Cheapism.com, it appealed to both lager lovers and craft brew drinkers and took the top spot overall. It has a smooth and balanced taste the whole panel enjoyed.
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SAMUEL ADAMS BOSTON LAGER

Dependable and classic, this beer with Boston roots might have particular appeal for Patriots fans. Samuel Adams gained the nod of approval in Cheapism.com's beer taste test for being flavorful and drinkable, if not distinctive. Several panelists reached for another after sampling was over.

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FULL SAIL IPA

If serious beer drinkers are attending your party for the big game, the Full Sail IPA is a good budget craft beer to have in the cooler. Packed with flavor from start to finish, it starts hoppy and ends slightly bitter -- a combination that will appeal to many beer aficionados.
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SPICED CIDER

For a non-alcoholic drink selection, look to spiced apple cider. It's perfect for a cold February evening and easy to make for a crowd. Heat up apple juice or cider in a slow cooker and sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Let the mix warm for a few hours, until it's nice and hot and the ingredients are well blended. Put out a bottle of spiced rum, so guests can spike the concoction if they wish.

Related: Fruit for Thought: 25 Creative Ways to Enjoy Apples
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BROWN PELICAN

For another step away from predictable Super Bowl fare and an excess of alcohol, introduce this dead-simple mocktail of 2 parts apple cider and 1 part ginger beer. Chowhound recommends a similar drink that uses sparkling apple cider and a splash of orange juice.
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IRISH COFFEE

Irish coffee is a tasty way to stay awake if the game goes late. Make a pot of strong coffee and add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and lightly whipped cream (pour it over the back of a warm spoon for the best result). Offer a bottle of whiskey and guests can choose to partake or not.