With a NFL Divisional game coming up this weekend, I thought it’d be a good time to try out the Minnesota Vikings Drink. It’s a vodka cocktail made with lots of optimism and anxiety. Or as Star Tribune would say, enthusiasm and dread, because of their post-season record. But, maybe, just maybe, this year will be different.

Sorry I was MIA this week, I told you my training schedule is taking time away from blogging. Don’t worry, I have a few posts in the works for next week. Now, back to football and cocktails.

The Purple Viking

I got the idea from The Food Network magazine, but I couldn’t find a link to a page on their site with all the teams. Buzzfeed has a similar list though.

I also couldn’t find crème de violette or seltzer after going to two liquor stores. Now, my luck with winging cocktails hasn’t been good, but with enthusiasm and dread I settled for some Dr. McGillicuddy Wild Grape liqueur and club soda.

Had to include this photo too- can you spot Sophie?

The Vikings Drink

After dealing with a leaky shaker Nolan gingerly poured our drinks into our two Minnesota glasses. The Vikings glass was from when we went to a preseason game a long, long time ago. So long ago that the plastic is probably releasing countless toxins into my drink right now. (Anything to bring my team some luck! 😛 )The Minnesota glass is slightly newer. It’s from the 2016 Ryder Cup that was at Hazletine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN.

The Ryder cup has pictures of all the Minnesota things, including a picture of the U.S. Bank Stadium. The correct stemware can make all the difference.

I’m sure you’re wondering how they tasted!? Like a slightly less sweet grape-flavored Kool-Aid. I liked it. Nolan’s reaction, “Meh, too grape-y. Maybe if we would have gone by the recipe I’d like it more.”

Skol Vikings!