Fresh pineapple margaritas
A fresh fruit spin on the classic tequila cocktail; these pineapple margaritas are perfect for pairing with chips, salsa, and guacamole. The touch of sweetness will help tame the fire of Buffalo wings, too.
This drink ramps up with tequila, Clamato, salt, and hot sauce, and cools down with grapefruit soda and lemon. It's just the thing to serve alongside nachos piled high with meat, guac, and sour cream.
The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas
Friends don't let friends use bottled sour mix. Instead, make a big batch of these frozen margs in advance—you can leave them in the freezer until the party starts.
Pok Pok's Hunny
While we're talkin' tequila, how about this grapefruity cocktail from Pok Pok Ny? It's designed to tame the heat of spicy food, so pair it up with hot-hot chile, wings, and jalapeno poppers. It gets some tartness from drinking vinegar, a traditional Asian ingredient that's all the rage in cocktails these days.
This spicy Bee's Knees variation brings the heat with jalapeno and rich reposado tequila. Fresh lemon juice and honey keep things in balance.
Fully Loaded Bloody Mary
Let Kenji's killer recipe for the classic morning cocktail kick off your daytime drinking. If you can track down fresh horseradish at your local gourmet market, your tastebuds will thank you.
Is it a Michelada? A Bloody Mary? Something in between, we suppose, but does it really matter? This Super Bowl, score two great drinks in one. Don't forget the bacon swizzle sticks.
This tart, fresh, spicy rye cocktail is a favorite of ours for pure deliciousness—use a juicer to get the liquid from fresh ginger if you're making up a big batch. Don't have a juicer? Whirl the peeled ginger in a blender, then strain.
A fresh watermelon cocktail with a salty-spicy rim from star bartender Joaquin Simo. Use decent tequila; we especially like Don Julio and small batch (but affordable!) Siembra Azul.
This one's not complicated, so you can concentrate on the game. Just fill a glass halfway with lager, then top with a half pint of hard cider. This is a good time to try whatever ciders and lagers are made locally to you—skip the mass-produced canned stuff and you'll find yourself with a delicious drink.
We've always liked stout with barbecue, chili, and bean dip, so this beer cocktail easily won a spot on the list. Orange bitters add complexity to the classic stout-and-sparkling wine combo.
Grapefruit Bourbon Slushito
Love frozen drinks but want to branch out beyond the margarita? Try this frozen bourbon slushie made with fresh grapefruit juice, lemon, and a touch of nutty sherry. It's a complex cocktail in a fun frozen package.
Some Like It Hot
A little Cholula hot sauce adds flavor to this rye and Aperol cocktail from Haddingtons in Austin, Texas. We bet your nachos can handle the challenge.