Since the Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl this year, tomorrow’s game is officially all about the food and drink for me. Which is perfect, because I’ve partnered with Smirnoff Ice to come up with a fun, tasty “FANtail” for the big day.
Smirnoff Ice and I have a long and happy history. In college, it was my go-to drink. Light, refreshing, delicious, and…affordable enough for a poor student’s budget. Back then, there were only a handful of options – green apple, black cherry, and raspberry are the only ones that come to mind at the moment.
Now, they’ve got all kinds of awesome flavors: Blueberry Lemonade, Cherry Lime, Sparkling Pink Grapefruit, Moscow Mule, Screw Driver, Peach Bellini, just to name a few. Yummmm – I want to try them all!
For this post, Smirnoff Ice sent me a starter pack with three flavors: Original, Screw Driver, and Moscow Mule. I was tempted by the Moscow Mule, since I finally got myself a set of copper mugs, but I really wanted to do a bourbon cocktail. I went out for drinks with my friend Heather recently, and one particular drink with Bulleit bourbon, lemon, orange, and peach really stuck out to me. I forgot to ask the bartender (hi, James!) for the recipe, but I really really wanted to have it again.
So, here we are! This Blazin’ Bulleit is my attempt to recreate Circa’s fabulous cocktail. It’s not a perfect replica, but with the help of the Smirnoff Ice: Screw Driver, I would argue that it’s even more delicious. Bright, citrus-y, and delicately peachy, it’s like a burst of sunshine in your mouth. Dan wasn’t super thrilled that these drinks are Broncos-colored, but that didn’t stop him from having multiple servings.
Oh, and these are super lethal, y’all. There is half a bottle of Smirnoff Ice and three ounces of bourbon in each drink, folks…so, drink responsibly.
Happy Super Bowl, everyone! (If you’re looking for some snacks to go with these drinks, check these out.)
- 1 bottle Smirnoff Ice Screw Driver
- 3 oz Bulleit bourbon
- 2 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz peach simple syrup (see recipe below)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 ripe peaches, sliced
- Combine sugar and water in pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
- Add sliced peaches and stir well.
- Continue stirring until sugar mixture is clear.
- Crush peaches when soft to release more flavor into the syrup.
- Turn stove off and allow peaches to steep in your syrup for 15-20 minutes
- Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
- Strain peaches from the syrup.
- Pour syrup into a bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Pour bourbon, lemon juice, and peach simple syrup into your shaker, and shake well.
- Strain mixture into a tall glass over fresh ice.
- Top off with half your Smirnoff ice