When gathering drinks for your Super Bowl party, a fridge or cooler full of your favorite beer is a MUST, but don’t stop there. To be the best party host, you’ve got to have more options. These 30 game day drink recipes have something for everyone, from wine lovers to shot takers to teetotalers. Many only require a few ingredients and can be made ahead of time or in big batches, so they’re great for a crowd and will leave you free to focus on the game (or let’s be honest, the halftime show 😉).
Don’t worry, we haven’t completely forgotten the beer lovers! We’re fans of the ease of a craft brew (or a PBR, no shade), but really love the wow factor of a beer cocktail. Adding a few simple ingredients can take your favorites from good to great. Check out our beermosas, our Michelada, or our shandy punch to see what we mean.
As for cocktails, we think that for game day, the simpler, the better. Take a look at our ranch water, our rum & Coke, our pink señoritas, or our Aperol spritz for options that come together quickly and can easily be batched so you can spend more time drinking and watching the game than bartending.
Speaking of batching, we’ve also included a number of recipes that are already upsized for you, meaning all you’ve got to do is unearth your punch bowl and you’ll be good to go. Try our brunch punch (good for those on the West Coast especially), our touchdown punch, our Moscow mule punch, or our margarita punch. Hot tip: These recipes are also great for bringing to a game-watching party at someone else’s house.
There’s myriad reasons to not be drinking, whether you and your guests are just abstaining for now or long-term, so we’ve also included a number of mocktails on this list too. Our triple-berry sparklers, iced tea, Arnold Palmers, and whipped lemonade will all be welcome amongst the rest of your boozy spread. Looking for something that crosses the line between drink and dessert? We’re big fans of our copycat Wendy’s frosty. In fact, it’s kind of the perfect Super Bowl food too, since it might just be better than ketchup for dunking fries into.
A sort of effervescent, less-sweet version of a margarita, only 3 ingredients are required for Ranch Water: tequila, lime juice, and seltzer. (Preferably Topo Chico; some claim it’s not a real Ranch Water without it!) We like adding a splash of orange liqueur like Cointreau for a little sweetness and citrus flavor too.
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Football Jell-O Shots
No matter how you celebrate this Sunday, your watch party won’t be complete without these adorable, football-shaped rum and Coke Jell-O shots. To amp up the Coke flavor and balance the bitter lime, these shots are sweetened with homemade Coca-Cola syrup that’s made by simply boiling down some of the fizzy beverage to concentrate the flavor. Woah!
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If you've never had a Michelada, you're in for a treat. The addition of hot sauce and lime juice add a spicy/sour kick that takes your average light beer from good to great. Thanks to our secret ingredient (soy sauce!), there's also a hint of umami flavor that keeps you coming back for more.
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Two tips for making the best sweet tea ever: 1) Add a little bit more sugar than you think is necessary, and 2) brew your tea extra strong. Once you pour it over ice, it'll all even out, trust us.
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Rum & Coke
This cocktail really is as simple as combining the two titular ingredients, but if you'd like to be slightly more meticulous, you can measure the two out! We think our ratio (5 parts Coke to 2 parts rum) creates a perfect balance of boozy and sweet, but for a stronger cocktail, slowly adjust your pour until you find your sweet spot.
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If you're on the West Coast, your Super Bowl Sunday might be more of a brunch event than a dinnertime party. If so, this boozy punch is the perfect pairing to your spread. With a bottle of bubbly and fresh fruit flavors, this is just the cocktail to get your game day started right.
Get the Brunch Punch recipe.
Spiked Seltzer Slushies
If you thought a can of White Claw was perfect on its own, you haven't given it a whirl in your blender. This recipe (if you can even call it that!) can be easily customized based on what flavors and fruits you prefer. Our favorite combos: lemon-flavored spiked seltzer + frozen strawberries or mango + frozen pineapple.
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Copycat Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty
The Wendy’s Frosty is a cross between a milkshake and soft-serve ice cream. This consistency is key and yet the hardest to mimic at home without a machine to keep it very very cold—our version is thinner, but it has the same satisfying fluffiness and mild chocolate flavor, and you can still enjoy it with a spoon while you watch the game.
Bright and colorful, sweet with just a hint of booze, the Dirty Shirley Temple is quickly gaining popularity with cocktail drinkers. And who can blame them? It’s a boozy version of that nostalgic beverage so many of us grew up with—and let’s be honest, what too-sweet mocktail can’t be improved with a shot of vodka?
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Camille Lowder is the digital food producer at Delish, otherwise known as our resident queen of recipe galleries. Previously, she attended the Natural Gourmet Institute for culinary school and worked at/managed a number of New York restaurants. She loves anything vegan, foods masquerading as other foods (hello, cauliflower), and a well-used Oxford comma.
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