Clever Cocktails: Two for the Bowl

Well it is Super Bowl Weekend and it is a battle of the cities. Philadelphia vs Boston. Bean Town vs the City of Brotherly Love. Will you be drinking Sam Adams or will you be drinking Yuengling? And should there not rightly be a choice of regional tipple for the event. So today we offer you two creations for Super Bowl. Both are historic libations from their respective home towns. Which drink will be your pick to win? Either way… enjoy the game.


(Circa 1898)  Locke-Ober Cafe ~ Boston

A timeless Boston classic created in celebration of a political victory in the districts “Eighth Ward”.

In a Boston Shaker Filled with Ice Add:

  • 2 oz. straight rye whiskey
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz. fresh orange juice
  • ¼ oz. grenadine (or more to taste)
  • Splash of sparkling water

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Saucer.


(Circa 1732) State in Schuylkill ~ Rod & Gun Club

Though not quite a cocktail, if you have thirsty hordes coming to your Super Bowl party this Philadelphia creation will quench even the wildest Patriots thirst. If Fish House Punch is not the most famous of all American Punch recipes it is certainly one of the oldest. This one was a favorite of William Penn. The recipe is strong and sweet and while some recipes of the past do not translate into our times, this one is perfect and timeless.

The Recipe:

  • 2 Quarts Jamaican Rum
  • 1 Quart Cognac or a Good Brandy
  • ¾ lb Sugar
  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1 Quart Lemon Juice
  • 1 Glass of Peach Brandy

Place sugar in your punch bowl and add enough water to dissolve.  Add all the other ingredients and stir briskly.  Add a large lump of ice to the punch bowl chipped from a block if possible.