How sweet it is to enjoy Americas midwinter pro football spectacles: the NFL playoffs culminating in Super Bowl Sunday! Then the Pro Bowl arrives as a pleasing bonus a week later!
Like pseudo holidays http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Donnie-Jones-Elite-Jersey/ , the games are savored by a gazillion fans nationwide from season ticket holders and the football faithful to those weekend watchers who barely know the difference between a touchdown and a touchback.
Where will YOU be during this season of pigskin popularity, publicity and party going?
Most of us will be watching the action on TV surrounded by traditional TV watching fare like cheeses, chili, chips and dips, ribs http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Darren-Sproles-Elite-Jersey/ , wings, salads, tacos, burgers and bratwurst.
And what will everybody be drinking with those tasty treats? If you think the answer is beer think again. Whether youre tailgating in Tampa, partying in Pittsburgh http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Connor-Barwin-Elite-Jersey/ , bar hopping in Baltimore, or making merry in Manhattan, Arizona or Philadelphia, youll want to toast your favorite team with something saucier. Of course were talking about wine, the libation that traditionally cascades (think champagne!) throughout every winning locker room.
Nows the time to prepare what youll serve or order in the way of wonderful liqueurs and wine cocktails http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Cody-Parkey-Elite-Jersey/ , in all their diversity and delectability. Youll want to know about the reds, whites and ross, spritzers, cocktails, punches http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Chuck-Bednarik-Elite-Jersey/ , ciders and hot toddies that will score at your football bash. And thats just the beginning. Youll also want to include flavorsome mocktails for the under 21 crowd and all those designated drivers.
Some football esque wine creations that will make the best splash at your championship celebration:
Saucy Sisters Super Bowl and Pro Bowl Recipes
Quarterback Sack Punch
1 gallon apple cider
1 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle (or less) Everclear (190 proof grain alcohol)
Combine first three ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes. Add one bottle Everclear. Simmer on stove to re warm. Do not boil! Serve in coffee mug.
ounce Maraschino Liqueur
2 ounces Vodka
2 ounces Pear Nectar Juice
1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish
Put liqueur and juice into cocktail shaker with ice. Stir and strain into martini cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.
No Penalty Pina Colada (non alcoholic)
2 cups Fresh Cubed Pineapple
cup Pineapple Juice
cup Cream of Coconut
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
Combine juice and cream in blender. With the motor running add the pineapple and ice. Process until smooth. Add ice cream and process until smooth. Makes one blender full.
7 ounces Hot Tea
1 tablespoon Honey
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
p1nch3s of Cinnamon, Ground Cloves and Nutmeg
Lemon Wedge for garnish
In an Irish Coffee Glass, pour honey, lemon juice and spices. Top with hot tea and stir. Garnish with lemon.
And heres information to know about Super Wines including three wines that are team players for any Super Bowl match up. Theyre universal and go with all the foods youll be serving at your tailgate get together or while sitting around the televised game:
Dry Riesling (dry white wine). Rieslings come in different sweetness levels. If youre choosing a domestic Riesling, very often the label will indicate dry. If its a German Riesling http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Chris-Givens-Elite-Jersey/ , look for the words Trocken or Kabinett.
Pinot Noir (dry red wine). Not as heavy or tannic as a Cabernet Sauvignon, its equally at home with barbecue ribs or veggies and ranch dip. Advice: Do not try to get by with the cheap ones. Because the Pinot Noir grape is temperamental and sensitive to climate conditions, its expensive to produce.
Champagne (sparkling wine). This is a celebratory drink, but you dont have to win to enjoy it. Champagne is the life of every party!
And dont forget to include wine delights for dessert! Some people try to create good pairings by matching sweet wines with sweet foods, but we think dessert wines are best as desserts in themselves. Not only are dessert wines sweet and satisfying http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Chase-Daniel-Elite-Jersey/ , a three ounce serving has less fat and fewer calories than a serving of any other dessert (an average of 130 calories and no fat compared to 300 calories and 18 grams of fat for a slice of cheesecake). Top off your pro football celebrations with a dessert wine thats sure to score with your guests. We can recommend any of these flavorful, late harvest wines and fortified wines ideal for desserts: Sauternes, Barsac, Beerenauslese, Tokay http://www.teameaglesstore.com/Youth-Carson-Wentz-Elite-Jersey/ , Madiera, Port, Sherry.
Author's Resource Box
Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman (bestselling THE SAUCY SISTERS GUIDE TO WINE) are restaurant reviewers, wine-tasting facilitators, corporate trainers and hosts: Sauced! on Nashvilles WLAC and http:WebTalkRadio.net. (615) 790-7240 (TN); saucies@saucysisters; http:www.saucysisters
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