Super Bowl Sunday is finally in view and I'm gearing up for our typical Super Bowl party in my garage bar. The stage is set for what's likely to be a great game and if you're planning on hosting a party you'll be likely thinking about a couple things...FOOD and BEVERAGES...and why you didn't take off on Monday...and also why the Monday following Super Bowl hasn't been made into a national holiday yet? Do yourself a favor and check your medicine cabinet and make sure you're fully stocked up on ibuprofen, if not, add that to the shopping list. Future you will thank you. Here are a few ideas on how to go from having a party to hosting THE party (where you get to have as much fun as your guests).
It can be a lot of work hosting the party, so if you are the landing spot for your friends this year, I'm going to suggest that you ask the folks that are coming by to all bring a dish which will make hosting that much easier. I have a Facebook page for my garage bar which I create events for and helps me plan for how many people I'm expecting through the RSVP function. In the event comments section, I ask that friends add what they're planning to bring to avoid having seventeen veggie trays show up.
A crowd pleasing favorite Super Bowl recipe I make is our staple meat dip. It's easy and fits in that classic "super bowl food" category.
For most events at my bar I like to feature a special drink - by featuring a drink(s) when hosting a big get together it helps corral the craziness that may otherwise come with accommodating a slough of drink requests and will help speed up getting beverages in everyone's hands. There's always a plethora of beer choices in my beer fridges (the workhorse of my bar, highly recommend these), and I make quick work of popping a tab or cap and handing across the bar.
If you're wanting to jazz things up this year, I'm going to suggest the New York Sour which is what I'll be featuring at this year's Super Bowl party. It has a striking visual appeal with the layering of wine and bourbon and lends a bit of sophistication to any event.
Mix the bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup in a shaker, after it's in the glass, pour the wine in onto a bar spoon over the top to help create the layering.
When it all comes down to it, hopefully you're getting out and spending time connecting with some of the folks you're closest with. If you're feeling worse for the wear, do yourself and everybody else a favor however and enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home --- nobody wants "Bob's cold" or "Janine's rona." (And you don't want to go down as hosting THE party where everyone got sick...) Cheers my friends, and if you bought some squares this year - good luck!!!!