Although the ACLU will no doubt mount a challenge, I’ve been told the city decreed that Super Bowl weekend every drink must be NFL-themed. Luckily, local restaurants and bars have made sure you won’t go thirsty.
At Café Adelaide (300 Poydras St.), Baltimore gets the Raven (rum, orange juice and ginger syrup). San Francisco gets The California Gold Rush (vodka, mint, soda, and golden bitters). In a nod to that Western city’s sensitivities, the drink will be made with organic vodka.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel (921 Canal St.) will stick with classics, but two have been renamed to honor visiting fans. The “San Francisco” Sidecar (cognac, triple sec and lemon juice) recalls that city’s famous cable cars. Baltimore fans can order a “Wild Berry” Mojito that has a color similar to their team’s uniforms.
Over at the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St.), they realized the Super Bowl is only partly about football. The players come to toss a ball around. Many fans come to toss money around. The well-heeled can lighten their wallets with two crazy expensive drinks.
The Key to the Court is a $2,000 Sazerac made with Louis XIII cognac and garnished with a gold key. The drink also includes a future night at the hotel, round-trip airfare and dinner at the Grill Room. For $10,000, the hotel will mix a cobbler with 1907 D’Oliveiras Malvazia madeira in a silver julep cup. It also comes with a gold key, airfare, two nights in the hotel’s penthouse, dinner and an evening at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse.
For those with lower budgets, the city will no doubt be awash in cans of light beer emblazoned with NFL logos.