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Alie & Georgia’s Guide to Super Bowl Drinks

Whether you’ve got money riding on the office pool or you’re just tuning in for Bruno Mars, the Super Bowl is — let’s admit it — a national holiday. It’s the one day a year that we are all united in entertainment and brought together by the power of nachos.

While you may be staring a veritable melted-cheese bonanza in the face (find all manner of Super Bowl party foods here), don’t forget to hydrate! It’s a long day, so keep plenty of water on hand for yourself and guests, and leave room for cocktails. Below are some of our beverage recipes to match your Super Bowl moods and to tackle that thirst.

I’m So Pumped

Okay, so you’re pumped. You’re wearing a [insert sportball team name] jersey and have gotten up early to watch all the red carpet coverage, or whatever they do before Super Bowls. Sweet. Good for you. Get this morning kicked off right by slipping into your lucky sweatpants and mixing up some brunchy drinks that will get the party officially started. Such as:

The Beefy Tomato (pictured above)

A beef jerky-infused whole-blended-tomato Bloody Maria. It would be a serious fumble to pass this one up.

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Fancy Super Bowl Snacks Made with Convenience Store Ingredients

So the big game is finally upon us, and you, like many other people in this country of football (the American kind, that is), are out to watch it in style — on television, in the comfort of your favorite bar or living room. And as everyone knows, it’s not just about gathering around a flat screen with a couple of brewskis to make the game more exciting, it’s also about the snacks that are served and consumed, in a great American tradition on par with Thanksgiving.

Let’s say that, for whatever reason, you’ve found yourself playing last-minute host for a Super Bowl party, and you don’t have time to do a big supermarket run. Have no fear. All you need to do is hit your closest gas station convenience store — where we bought all the ingredients for these Super Bowl snack recipes, which are as tasty as they are convenient. Just be sure to make a lot of them; they might be gone before the first commercial break.

Check out 10 Super Bowl Snacks Made with Food You Can Buy at a Gas Station

Erik Trinidad is a food and travel writer, and the author of the cookbook parody Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended, based off his popular food humor blog.

Thirsty Thursday: Spicy Bloody Bull Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Whether it’s hot wings or spicy chili, you can’t go wrong with zesty, sinus-clearing foods for the Super Bowl. Add some zippy, homemade cocktails to your Big Game spread this year as well. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the halftime entertainment, it only seems fitting to make a Bloody Bull Cocktail, a beer-based beverage topped with a spicy, red-hot tomato juice.

To begin, whirl tomato juice, jalapeno, horseradish, lemon juice and garlic together in a blender. Then rim pre-chilled glasses with a toasted fennel spice rub, and pour your favorite beer into each glass. Top with the spicy tomato mixture and stir.

This zesty, jalapeno-kissed beverage may pack a punch, but it goes down easy.

Bottoms up, folks!

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How to Make 50 Super Bowl Sandwiches in 5 Minutes

When tailgating is done poorly, it requires too much prep, too much cooking and too much money. Good to Know‘s Dan Pashman and Laurie March will show you how to tailgate your way to glory with a quick and easy 70-yard-Hail-Mary-at-the-buzzer-level visually stunning tower of sandwiches. Then wash it all down with some beer-based long-haul margaritas that will assure you actually make it to the game:

How to Win at Competitive Chicken Wing Eating

With the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the stage during the halftime show, this Super Bowl is the year of food — and also apparently bringing back stuff that peaked in the early 90s. (Looking at you, too, Full House commercial.) That means drinking games should be replaced with eating games. Instead of gulping a beer every time Peyton Manning yells “Omaha” or Richard Sherman says something egotistical or Dave Coulier shows up on your TV, why not chomp on a wing? And when you chomp on a wing, make sure you chomp on it in the most efficient way possible. Lucky for you, Cooking Channel’s newest web-original show You’re Eating it Wrong will show you how to eat wings (and other foods) the right way.

Watch now as competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti demonstrates how he was able to take down 125 chicken wings in 10 minutes. (Pay attention, Richard Sherman, and learn from the best):

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The Muffuletta AKA The Ultimate Super Bowl Food AKA The Grandwich

What do you get when you stack two pounds of meat and cheese on a hero with pickled vegetable relish? Something glorious called the muffuletta, a Louisianan sandwich that’s massive enough to feed every friend at your Super Bowl party (or one friend and his/her pet grizzly bear). Take a few hours to lock your gaze on the spellbinding glory that is its construction:

Now copy these steps at home.

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