Super Bowl parties being the real attraction for most people on Sunday, I cornered Top Chef's Eli Kirshtein at Atlanta's own Sweetwater Brewery and asked him about the very basics of the basic Super Bowl party.
He obliged with a stream of very accurate and very quick answers to our questions.
His short list of essentials:
BEER: Drink the nice stuff first, then use your American basics as booster fuel. Do this without shame, as you should be proud of your crappy, glorious American beer.
COCKTAILS: Moscow Mules all around if you're not boring. (Boring equals sticking to vodka and tonics.)
AMATEUR HOUR: Sparkling wine like Prosecco for the amateurs is a classy and affordable option, especially if you want to ball out on a budget.
DON'T: Bring leftovers, plan on making something, or plan on bringing something and not leaving it there.
HANGOVER REMEDIES: Pedialyte for the specialist, sparkling water for hangover mouth, and a heavy breakfast for all to settle the stomach and push out the evil.