That's when we decided to do something a little more festive.
We challenged our city's finest bartenders to come up with 10 drinks dedicated to the Phillies starting lineup - plus the best mascot in the game.
We figured you'd be inviting friends over or heading to your favorite bar to watch the games.
Try these drinks at home or, by all means, head to the establishments that created them, where each drink will be on its maker's menu throughout the Series.
Gulp, gulp. Go, Phillies!
1. Dave & Buster's King Cole Hamels MVP Martini
Created by bartender Billy Wisniewski, Phillies fan since birth, championshipless since age 6. "I came up with the King Cole Hamel's MVP Martini for several reasons. First of all, the martini is a classy cocktail, and Cole is one classy guy . . . " The MVP stands for the ingredients - Malibu Mango, Vodka and Pomegranate juice.
1 ounce Malibu Mango (To salute Cole's California roots.)
3.5 ounces of Three Olives Cherry Vodka (To celebrate Cole's 3-0 record in postseason and 3.5 ounces for his jersey number, 35.)
Splashes of pomegranate
grenadine, cranberry juice,
cherry brandy and sour to total 1 ounce
While standing on top of a crushed beer can from Milwaukee, chill the martini glass the way Hamels chilled Philly opponents at bat with a 1.23 ERA in postseason. In a cocktail shaker, mix ingredients with cracked ice. Powder rim of chilled martini glass with white and blue sugar. (Not sure how to find colored sugar? Go to www.rokz. com.) Strain into the glass the way the Dodgers strained to score more than two runs throughout the National League Championship Series. Tip the glass in the direction of the statue of William Penn. Serves 1 World Series-starved person.
Dave & Buster's, 325 Columbus Blvd., 215-413-1951.
2. Mexican Post's Suberino aka The Heavy Hitter
Created by bartender Joe Levasseur. "I have had the idea for The Heavy Hitter for a while and have served them at Mexican Post during my shifts. I thought that it would be a great idea for Ryan Howard being that he is our long ball player in the lineup. Shooting this drink is a lot like having Ryan hit one out of the park. It really takes your socks off. "
THE HEAVY HITTER
1 ounce Jose Cuervo Gold
1 bottle Corona Light
Fill a shot glass with the tequila and cover with a pint glass. Seal the shot glass with the bottom of the pint glass and turn the pint right side up. Pour the beer into the pint glass. Shoot the entire drink.
Mexican Post, 104 Chestnut St., 215-923-5233.
3. Paxia's For What It's Werth Margarita
Paxia is a BYOB, but when the home team hits a home run during the World Series, this drink will be on the house. Server Jeff Owens named the drink, which was created by Paxia's general manager Kimberly Funderburk.
"I chose tequila in keeping with the theme of our restaurant," said Funderburk. "Apple Soda because Jayson, baseball and apples are all-American, Red Prickly Pear for his playing style [a sweet offense and protective defense], pomegranate because like Jayson, they have taken time to mature to be at their best. He has taken his time when playing with other teams and when arriving in Philadelphia he has definitely made his mark in baseball."
FOR WHAT IT'S WERTH MARGARITA
1 1/2 ounces 100 percent Blue Agave Blanco Tequila
1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
1/2 ounce red prickly pear puree
1/2 ounce apple soda
Shake the first 3 ingredients with ice. Pour into a highball glass and top off with the apple soda.
Paxia, 746 Christian St., 215-413-0171.
4. World Cafe Live's Pat the Batini
Created by bartender Justin Adams. "Now the tricky part is the pomegranate is for Pat, and the blueberry is for Burrell. The drink is white with blue and red floaters [pomegranate]. Let's tip one back for the Phils!"
PAT THE BATINI
2 ounces Stoli Blu
2 ounces white grape juice
Splashes of pomegranate syrup
and blue curacao
Pour the Stoli into a glass filled with ice. Add the grape juice. Add the pomegranate syrup, then top with curacao. Serve.
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400.
5. Alfa's Jimmy Rollins Courvoisier Collins
Created by bartender Erik Boardman, who said, "Please, Jimmy, don't swing at the first pitch."
1 1/2 ounces Courvoisier VS Cognac
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Squeeze of juice from 1/2 lemon
Splash of grenadine
Splash of Dekuyper Pomegranate
Shake all ingredients with ice. Then pour over fresh ice in a highball glass. Top off with club soda to fill glass. Garnish with cherries and pomegranate seeds.
Alfa, 1709 Walnut St., 215-751-0201.
6. Cooper's Brick Oven Wine Bar Prankster's Punch Inspired by Brett Myers
Bartender Dagan Indeck said this drink is called "Prankster's Punch" because Myers is known as the Phillies' team prankster- he once fooled teammate Kyle Kendrick into believing that he had been traded to Japan, bringing the guy to tears.
1 ounce Myers Dark Rum
1 ounce Myers Light Rum
Splash Amaretto Disaranno
Splash pineapple juice
Splash Sour Mix
Pour all ingredients into a shaker, shake vigorously, then pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Cooper's, 4367 Main St., Manayunk, 215-483-2750.
7. Pearl's Double Play Margarita for Chase Utley
Created by mixologist Kevin Beary, who said, "This Double Play Margarita is smooth and strong and will make you feel good, just like the Phillies second baseman Chase Utley."
1 ounce Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1 ounce Don Julio Anjeo Tequila
1/2 ounce Grand Mariner
Splash of lime juice
Splash of agave nectar
Mix all ingredients in a shaker and serve on the rocks garnished with fresh lime wedge.
Pearl, 2904 Chestnut St., 215-564-9090.
8. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar's Shane Victorino En Fuego
Bartenders Ralph Romano and Jennifer Weisbrod collaborated on this drink. Why is the drink called "En Fuego"? "Because he is on fire!" said Romano.
2 parts Grey Goose vodka (because he's so strong)
1 part Grand Marnier (for his sweet swing and sweet smile)
1 part passion fruit juice (because he's passionate about the game, life and the city of Philadelphia)
Shake and strain into a raw Hawaiian sugar-rimmed martini glass. (You can find the sugar at www.rokz.com.)
Fleming's, 142 Route 73 N. Marlton, N.J.
9. McGillin's Olde Ale House Phanatic Pheckin Bomb
Bartender Susan Oudshoorn created this drink "because it combines all of the best elements of fall - cider, apples, a little whiskey and the World Series! We were tired of the frou-frou drinks - and I wanted a REAL drink that our customers and fans would drink, one that screams Phillies for Philadelphia's favorite fuzzy friend - the Phillie Phanatic! A perfect combo that honors both the Phanatic and Philadelphia's most famous [and best!] Irish Pub."
PHANATIC PHECKIN BOMB
1/4 shot Apple Pucker
3/4 shot Feckin Irish Whiskey
3/4 pint Original Sin Apple Cider
Combine the liquors, then drop into the cider. Pheckin awesome!
McGillin's, 1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562.
10. Tavern 17's Over the Mound for Jamie Moyers
Created by bartender Nate Robertson. "Jamie Moyers is the oldest of the Phillies players, not quite over the hill, just over the mound," said Robertson.
OVER THE MOUND
1 1/4 ounces Stoli Blueberry
1 ounce Peachtree
Splashes of cranberry juice
Fresh blueberries to top
Mix all ingredients in a shaker and strain over ice. Top with blueberries.
Tavern 17, 220 S. 17th St., 215-790-1799.
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