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Big Game Cocktails: New England vs Philadelphia


In a matchup between the defending champions and a team that has never won the big one and will be starting its backup quarterback, New England and Philadelphia will square off in football’s title game on February 4. To help celebrate this classic underdog-versus-heavy favorite pairing on the game’s biggest stage, we asked NYC bartender Brian Hawthorne to develop a cocktail suited to each team’s city (or, in the case of New England, region). He came up with two delicious drinks that would fit right in at your big-game watch party.

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New England

This regional riff on the classic Hot Toddy features rye whiskey, the spirit of choice in Colonial New England, and black tea, a tribute to the Boston Tea Party, a turning point in US history. To complete this simple, tasty winter warmer, add a tablespoon of honey, and a splash of lemon juice (optional for New England fans—the tears of your rivals!).

The Essentials

Rye Whiskey
black tea
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Few things scream “Philadelphia” more than cheesesteaks, mummers, “rowdy” sports fans, and Italian Ice. Also known as water ice—or “wooder ice,” as the locals pronounce it—that last one’s been a mainstay in the City of Brotherly Love for decades. The Gameday Granitas pay tribute to this simple Philly pleasure with gin, fresh lime juice, sugar, and egg white for body. These are easy to make and they’re perfect for cheering on the underdogs from Philadelphia.

The Essentials

Lime juice, freshly squeezed

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