It is that time of year once again when our collective focus shifts from holiday celebrations to an event of almost equally epic importance.

Yes, I’m talking about football’s signature game, often referred to as “The Big Game” (since the actual name is trademarked by a certain professional football league).

Whether you are a huge pigskin fan like me — or are more of a sideline observer — all across the nation, The Big Game ultimately means gathering together for a “big” party with tasty libations, plenty of comfort food and lots of hooting and cheering.

Unfortunately, my team is rarely in The Big Game these days. So, I often find myself as the de facto cocktail and food crafter. Which is why I thought I would share with you my personal signature cocktail recipe for your Big Game gathering. This one is called the Billy BAMM Bloody.

BAMM, if you’re wondering, is an acronym for bacon, American malt, and maple porter. It’s no secret that I’m rather fond of whiskey, and I absolutely love the taste of bacon, so bringing the two together was a natural choice.

Here’s what you’ll need to create your very own Billy BAMM Bloody:

2 oz bacon-infused Westland American single malt

1 oz Honor Brewing Night Vision maple porter

4 oz Whiskey Willy’s bloody mix

Celery salt for the rim

Garnish of bacon/celery

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: time out Michael! Where’s the vodka? In this recipe, a single malt whiskey and a maple porter doubles for vodka, which creates a smoother, sweeter and perhaps even bolder taste. To prepare, kick it off by circling a lemon wedge around the mouth of your glass and then coat the rim with celery salt. You can add ice to the glass and stir, or if you prefer, add ice to a shaker, pour in your ingredients, then mix and strain. Bacon-infused Westland American single malt is my preferred choice of whiskey for this bloody, and the taste is pure perfection. Garnish with a fresh stalk of celery, or for the ultimate touch, add in a bacon straw for a delightfully unforgettable twist.

The Billy BAMM Bloody is a great start to your Big Game celebrations, and it pairs well with whatever protein you might have on the BBQ or smoker. I think you’ll find when it comes to Big Game cocktails, the ruling on the field for this drink still stands—it’s good.

About the Expert: Michael Anderson, Luxury Spirits Specialist     

Michael Anderson is the Luxury Spirits Specialist for Young’s Market Company in Arizona. A fifteen-year veteran of the food and beverage industry in Phoenix, Michael has earned a well-deserved reputation for creating extensive beverage menus for some of the Southwest’s most exclusive hotels and restaurants, including Phoenix’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar, the Spotted Donkey Cantina Waldorf Astoria in Carefree, and at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princes.

A self-proclaimed “Whiskey Jedi” by day and a full-time dad, Michael is 100 percent self-trained in all things spirits. And despite the fact that he resides in Phoenix, he’s still a diehard San Francisco 49ers fan.