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Cocktail O'Clock: Score Big With These Winning Beer "Cocktails"

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I'm going to be completely honest with you. It doesn't matter where I'm watching it, how big the TV is, if it's high-def, what drink specials the bar has, or who is playing: I am not interested in televised football games (sorry football fans, but you should keep reading). The Super Bowl does have a few things going for it: Great commercials, Beyonce at the halftime show, and of course snacks!  To go with all those dips, wings, and chili there is always plenty of beer. Why not try something different this game day and whip up a beer cocktail?  After the jump I have two great recipes inspired by the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.  Try them this Sunday and let us know which one you thought was the winning recipe!

San-Fran Shandy

Add 3/4 ounce lemon juice and 3/4 ounce herbed simple syrup (see recipe below) to an ice-filled pilsner or pint glass, top with 12 ounces beer (a pale ale, lager, or golden wheat beer works best). Serve with a few sprigs of fresh herbs and a slice of lime.

For Herb Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 water, and add a few springs of thyme, tarragon, basil, or whatever you prefer. Stir over medium heat until sugar has melted. Let cool completely, strain.

Old-Bay Michelada

Mix together some coarse salt and Old Bay seasoning on a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a pilsner or pint glass, then dip in salt mixture to coat.  To glass, add 1/4 cup Clamato, 1/2 ounce lime juice, and a few splashes of hot sauce (such as Tabasco).  Top off with 12 ounces of beer (amber ale, Mexican beer, or of course a Narry Boh would work best here).

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