The offseason brings a lot of downtime, and for some people that’s great — for others, staying busy helps the summer skate by. For me, bartending is part of the equation and an extremely fun one at that! So, mixing hockey into a part-time job is a lot of fun… and I mean literally mixing — putting each Original Six team into a drink format, that I would actually drink, has been an idea of mine for quite some time. Thanks to The 9ines Neighborhood Bar at 136 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA, I was able to do just that. If you live in the greater Worcester area, come by for a drink, try one of the Original Six, say hi and talk hockey!
Boston Bruins: Possibly my favorite drink out of the six and not because I’m a Boston girl, it’s my go-to at work, home, out with friends or post-game. Much like the “Big Bad Bruins”, Jameson Whiskey has a history for being a little bit rough around the edges. But the combinations in this cocktail make it worth a try even if you’re scared to drop the gloves.
1 1/2 oz Jameson Whiskey
2 lemons wedges
2 lime wedges
Fill glass with ice, squeeze one lemon, one lime wedge into glass, throw away rinds and drop remaining two wedges into the glass. Pour Jameson over ice and top off with gingerale.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are a strong team, sometimes their resiliency surprises the fan base and it may not be noticed initially on the surface. The Maple Leafs drink is sweet with a bite, that will keep you drinking no matter how good or bad the game gets!
1/2 oz Curacao Liqueur
1 oz vodka
1 lime wedge
7-UP or Sprite
Fill glass with ice, pour vodka and curacao liqueur in glass, top off with 7-up or Sprite and squeeze the lime wedge as a garnish.
Detroit Red Wings: A rough and tough team, the Red Wings will make any hockey fan buzz with excitement. This drink will keep you buzzing all the way through the final horn.
1 1/2 oz Stoli Razz
Splash of Grenadine
Fill glass with ice, pour Stoli Razz in glass, splash grenadine and top off with 7-up.
Montreal Canadiens: The passion that Canadiens fans have for the team can ignite excitement against any rival, both on and off the ice. A little sweet with the apple, a shot of Fireball Whisky will get you driving to the net (but perhaps missing it if you drink more than one)!
Pour Fireball Whiskey into a glass, fill the remainder of the glass with Angry Orchard
Chicago Blackhawks: A sophisticated city needs a strong team and drink to represent them well. A flavored twist on the original margarita will keep you asking for this drink faster than a Patrick Kane breakaway.
1 1/2 oz Tequila
1 oz Blackcurrant Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Fill a shaker with ice, pour ingredients into shaker, shake, strain liquid into a rocks glass and garnish with a lime.
New York Rangers: Perhaps the most American of the Original Six, Jack Daniels is arguably a very American choice for liquor. Enjoying the Rangers at home or watching them from a bar in the city, this drink will keep you cheering one period at a time!
1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels
Splash of Grenadine
Coke or Diet Coke
Fill a glass with ice, pour Jack Daniels, splash of grenadine and top off with Coke or Diet Coke.
*Please drink responsibly and legally!