Molly Wellmann, the owner of Japp’s Since 1879, is celebrating the Cincinnati Bengals’ Super Bowl berth the best way she knows how: by making two delicious specialty cocktails that are all about the orange and black.
Both drinks are available at Japp’s now through Sunday, but they might stay on the menu a while longer if the Bengals pull off a Super Bowl win, Wellmann says.
The first drink, the Who Dey, starts with a bright mixture of neon orange glitter vodka and triple sec poured into a coupe glass. Next, Wellmann slowly pours a dark mixture of Kahlua and black food coloring that sinks to the bottom of the glass, creating a distinct orange and black layered cocktail, the flavor of which Wellmann likens to an espresso martini.
The Bengals Punch, on tap at Japp’s and served in metal punch bowls, is a bourbon-forward concoction with notes of citrus, chai, vanilla, and ginger—a cool drink that will still warm you up after a cold night at one of the many Super Bowl events happening this weekend.
If you can’t make it to the bar for a cocktail (and if you happen to have a few potent potables on hand), you can make your own Who Dey cocktails and Bengals Punch at home following the recipes below.
You can also see the Who Dey cocktail come together in this video featuring Wellmann and special guest Rachael Bernstein of Red Feather Kitchen (she’s the one in the tiger suit).
- 2 oz neon orange glitter vodka
- 0.5 oz triple sec
- 1 oz Kahlua or coffee liqueur
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- Black food coloring
- Mix the orange glitter vodka, simple syrup, and triple sec to create the orange mixture.
- Mix coffee liqueur and a drop of black food coloring to make a separate black mixture.
- Pour the orange mixture into a mixing glass with ice and stir, then strain and pour into a chilled coupe glass.
- Slowly pour the black mixture into the coupe (use a barspoon or a spout on the edge of the glass) to achieve a layered effect.
- Do the Ickey Shuffle and enjoy this cocktail responsibly.
Note: This recipe makes one cocktail, but you can convert ounces to cups or pints to make a large bowl of punch.
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 2 oz chai tea
- 0.5 oz vanilla syrup
- 0.5 oz ginger syrup
- 0.5 oz orange juice
- 0.25 oz lemon juice
- Orange wheels for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a glass, mug, or Bengals souvenir cup with ice. Stir until chilled. Enjoy responsibly.