Soccer World Cup Cocktails
The 19th Soccer World Cup is upon us, kicking today in Johannesburg, South Africa.
There is no better way to kick-off this event than by toasting your favorite team with a delicious cocktail perfect for summer merriment.
Cheering for Brazil? - VeeV, the World's First Acai Spirit, brings a taste of the Amazon to your cocktail glass with "VeeVa Brasil", made with Brazil's national fruit, the acai berry, citrus and mint flavors, is the perfect sip to watch Kaka score big. You can grab a VeeVa Brasil at Brazilian and sports hotspots nationwide, or simply make it at home.
- 2 ounces VeeV Acai Spirit
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce agave nectar
- Sprig of mint
- Lemon wheel and blueberries, for garnish
Shake all ingredients well with ice and double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the lemon wheel and blueberries.
If you prefer a non-alcoholic tippling, sip like the Brazilian locals and grab their ultimate hydration tool - all natural coconut water. US soccer-star, Jozy Altidore's favorite type is the category leader, Hollywood-buzzing, nutrient rich, Vita Coco.
Viva La French! - After the breathtaking 2006 World Cup, you'll need some strong Absinthe to cheer on Thierry Henry and team. Distilled in The Combier Distillery in France, the Lucid Frappe is made with Lucid Absinthe, simple syrup and mint. Enjoy it with a splash of soda and hopefully the Bleus will bring the FIFA World Cup back to Paris.
- 1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
- 1/2 oz. of Simple Syrup
- 6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 oz. of Soda Water
Big Ben Fever... - We know you have been waiting 44 years to see England return to its glory days on the soccer field. Whether the British will make it to the finale or not, celebrate with the best-selling premium London dry gin, Bombay Sapphire. Mix up a Sapphire Collins, a classic Tom Collins made with fresh lemon juice and you look as sophisticated as the Royals in Buckingham Palace.
- 2 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin
- 1 part fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 part simple syrup
- Club soda
Mexico, Ole! - If you are rooting for the young and rumbling team of Mexico, try a cocktail that can be made in batch and is easy to share with your amigos - a rum punch! The Green Acres punch features Nicaraguan Flor de Cana rum (Mexico's favorite!) and is made with one of the trendiest ingredients for summer drinks: tea.
Green Acres Punch
- 2 oz. Flor de Cana 4-year old
- 1 oz. Flor de Cana 18-year old
- 3/4 oz. rich demerara simple syrup
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 6 oz. HOT STRONG Green Tea
- 1 mint sprig
All of the ingredients should be combined and left in a container over night. Strain the next day and refrigerate. Drink at leisure
Scandinavian Spirit - Putting on the jersey of the Danish team is not enough fan spirit? Take it to the next level and support Denmark by taking a shot of Xante or enjoying a classic Lennart cocktail. Xante, the second best-selling liqueur in Scandinavia, is now celebrating its first birthday in America!
- 1 1/2 oz. Xante
- 1/3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- Sprite/ 7 UP
Pour over ice in a highball glass and top with Sprite or 7 UP. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop into glass. Garnish with an edible flower.