World Cup Cocktails: The Quarterfinals

Caipirinha As we head into the quarterfinals of the World Cup (after sadly saying goodbye to the United States and England this past weekend), the events may be winding down, but there are plenty of ways to spice them up. In fact, there are eight ways: the eight favorite drinks of each country.

  1. Brazilians know how to party, and as they're headed for their sixth World Cup title, they have reason to celebrate. The Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made from cachaça, sugar, and lime.
  2. Home to the wildest city in the world, Amsterdam, the Netherlands definitely know their booze. Jenever, a juniper-flavored gin, is the national drink. Try it in a martini for a special Dutch zing.
  3. Ghanaians make their own gin and their own ginger wine, and though they're stingy with their booze and make it difficult to obtain here in the U.S., you can create a Le Coloniale, which is a ginger martini. But honestly, who's cheering for them after they put us out (for the second World Cup in a row!)?
  4. Clerico is a typical Sangria-like cocktail that's a favorite for hot South American nights.
  5. A Fernet and Coke is one of the most popular drinks in Argentina, but it's definitely one of those drinks that'll put hair on your chest. You may end up looking (and acting) like their crazy coach Diego Maradona.
  6. For Germany, what else? Beer!
  7. The official drink for Paraguay is non-alcoholic (sorry drunkies) but it's worth a taste. Yerba Mate is a tea-like concoction made by seeping dried yerba mate leaves in hot water.
  8. My beloved Sangria originated in Spain. With so many varieties to choose from, you can't really go wrong with this delicious fruit/booze mixture.

Have you ever had any of these cocktails? What's your favorite national cocktail?


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