Super Bowl Sparkling Cocktails

4 years ago

In my household, Super Bowl isn't just a day where we gather around the tv and watch men running with a ball across a large grassy field while trying to avoid getting tackled by the opposing team. It's an event.

We usually have anywhere between 20 and 40 of our closest football-loving friends over. Decorations start going up a few days before game day and eventually they cover practically every square inch of blank space.

A few months leading up to the event, boxes start showing up at our door. When I inquire about the contents I am told: "Oh, those… they're re props for Super Bowl." Scratching my head I ask, "What about all the 'other' props you've purchased in years past?" I just get a shrug.

Our house eventually gets transformed into a Mecca for all football fanatics. No need to worry about "getting a good seat," as we relocate every available tv to ensure that no one misses a single play.

Thanks to our generous friends, beer, wine, and spirits are ever-flowing, as are the appetizers. There isn't anything remotely close to shortage when it comes to food and beverage. Everyone usually brings a little something to share.

My husband has been a loyal 49ers fan since I met him over 22 years ago. So this year it's more than our typical annual Super Bowl party. I think he considers it a personal triumph among his friends, as the only 49er fan, his chance to relish the fact that they finally made it this far after such a very long time.

So back to the drink at hand: The Kaepernick Sparkler. My inspiration for this cocktail came about when I learned that sour gummies happen to be 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's favorite candy.

I initially tried to fit them into a dessert, possibly a lemon tart with a sour glaze. But I believe that the best way to make use of these sour gummies is to incorporate them into a drink. Thus, the Kaepernick Sparkler was born.

When making this drink, make sure you get all that magical sour powder into the canning jars, to preserve the sour gummies' taste.

Kaepernick Sparkler

Ingredients

  • Sour Gummy Infused Vodka
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 cup sour gummy candy
  • Kaepernick Sparkler
  • 4 ounces infused sour gummy vodka
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 6 drops orange bitters
  • blood orange soda
  • Cranberry Ice Cubes
  • cranberry juice
  • sour gummy candy

Instructions Sour Gummy Infused Vodka

In an airtight glass jar combine vodka and sour gummy candy. Shake every few hours. Store in a cool dark place over night or up to 2-3 days. Strain before using.

Kaepernick Sparkler

Place one or two cranberry ice cubes into glasses.

Pour infused vodka, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and orange bitters into a shaker. Stir well. Pour into prepared glasses. Top with blood orange soda.

Cranberry Ice Cubes

Place 2 sour gummy candies into each hole. Top with cranberry juice and freeze.

If you're a fan of the opposing team, make the Ravens Sparkler using berry-flavored sour gummies to infuse the vodka, and top the cocktail with blackberry pomegranate soda instead of blood orange soda.

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