Contrary to popular opinion, the U.S. Constitution does not specify that MLB Opening Day shindigs must feature beer as the only intoxicating beverage.
There's no doubt that beer, baseball, and somewhat elevated blood alcohol levels are a classic trinity in American sports life, but if you're looking to up the ante at your next San Francisco Giants Opening Day festivity, give these 10 Giants-themed cocktails a whirl.
10 best cocktails to serve at a San Francisco Giants Opening Day party
1. The Black Beard
Combine 2 oz. of Bacardi Superior rum with 1/2 can of Guinness (I prefer Extra Stout) in a pint glass and top off with Coca-cola. Don't be tempted to put this over ice. Before you drink, raise the glass in honor of the Giants' famously Bearded Ones, Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo.
2. The Orange and Black
Stir 1 tsp. of Grand Marnier and 4 oz. of orange juice together in a lowball glass filled up 2/3 with ice. Carefully pour 1.5 oz. of black vodka on top -- Blavod Black Vodka is a good choice. Don't stir.
3. Absolut Black Orange
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes and pour in Absolut Mandarin, the more the merrier. Top off with Coca-cola, assuming there's some room left at the top of the glass. Garnish with a wedge of orange.
4. The Panda
A snazzy tribute to Pablo Sandoval. Pour 1 oz. apple brandy, 1 oz. gin, 1 oz. of Slivovitz plum brandy, 1 oz. orange juice, and a brief dash of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
5. The Slider
For those experienced in the finer joys of both alcohol and pitching. Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in 1 oz. rye and 1 oz. of Kahlua. Top off with milk. (Yes, you read correctly.)
6. The Giraffe
Brandon Belt's on first base and all's right with the world, particularly when you're downing this in honor of the Baby Giraffe. Pour 1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Add in 1 oz. of vodka, then fill the glass almost to the top with pinapple juice. Float a smidgen of cranberry juice on the surface of the liquid to add the final touch.
7. The Angel
Pricey, but worth it. Kind of like Angel Pagan. Pack a highball glass with ice, sprinkle on 2 packets of sugar (Sweet & Low instead, if you're so inclined), and squeeze the juice from 3 lemon wedges over the top. Pour in 1 1/2 oz. of Stoli Razberi Vodka and 1/2 oz. Chambord. Vigorously stir in about 1 oz. of Sweet & Sour Mix. Stir in 1 more oz of Sweet & Sour and add a splish or so of Sprite. (Note: If you have to ask what Chambord is, this cocktail is probably out of your league.)
8. The Starting Lineup
Goes down easy, but will hit you like a Lincecum fastball upside the head unless you're careful. Combine one shot each of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam Bourbon, Irish whiskey, Johnnie Walker Whiskey, and Wild Turkey Bourbon. Stir, drain, repeat.
9. The Wilson Watercooler
If that watercooler had been full of this "Gatorade," Brian Wilson probably would have been less inclined to beat it to death. Mix 1 1/3 oz. Sweet & Sour and 1/2 oz. of orange juice into 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 1 1/2 oz. rum, and 1 1/2 oz. orange schnapps. Good straight or over ice, especially in a red Solo cup.
10. The Giants Sweet Finish
Sounds mildly pornographic, but is actually a drink created by Ame Restaurant's Rafael Jimenez Rivera especially for Giants fans. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 oz. white rum, 1/2 oz. orange juice, and a squeeze of lime juice. Shake vigorously, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and float 1/2 oz. of dark rum on top.
A Word to the Wise: Many of these drinks are kicky enough to separate the Men from the Boys. Proceed with caution -- there's no point in an Opening Day party if you can't remember what happened in the game the next morning.