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Final Four cocktail recipes

In celebration of this weekend’s Final Four showdown in Minneapolis, we offer you a way to celebrate wherever you are! Here are four recipes we chose in honor of each of the four teams vying for an NCAA national title Monday night.

Lover’s Cocktail for Virginia


  • 1 bottle chilled Prosecco
  • 1/2 oz. Limoncello
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • Dash of grenadine, for color
  • Maraschino cherry


In a shaker of ice, pour Limoncello, vodka and Cointreau and shake for 20 seconds. Pour this medley into a tall fluted glass. Fill the rest of the glass with Prosecco. Add a touch of grenadine and stir gently, and drop a maraschino cherry into the glass. Recipe from www.hgtv.com.

Auburn “War Eagle” Rum Punch


  • 4 oz. rum
  • 6 oz. orange juice
  • 1 handful ice
  • 4 oz. Sprite


Mix rum and orange juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a large glass filled with ice. Top with Sprite before serving. Recipe from www.delish.com.

The Chilton for Texas Tech


  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • Juice of 2 lemons


Rim a highball glass with salt, then fill with ice. Add vodka and lemon juice. Fill the glass with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon wheel or wedge. Recipe from

Hummer for Michigan State


  • 3/4 ounces of Kahlua
  • 3/4 ounce white Bacardi rum
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream


Blend all ingredients and serve in a cocktail glass.  Recipe compliments of Detroit Free Press.

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