With excitement building as the World Cup edges closer to its finale, you’ll be needing a stiff drink to get you through tense penalties and celebrate those spectacular last-minute goals. Lager and vindaloo are standard football fare but why not add a touch of international class to your World Cup party by serving the best-loved cocktails from each country in the tournament?
HotSpring World have created a list of traditional cocktails and their ingredients to help you choose the perfect drink for every match and serve up a sporting blend of footie and fabulousness.
Europe’s teams tend to perform favourably at the World Cup, and there are some mouthwatering cocktails to enjoy as they take on the competition. One of the favourites to win, Belgium, is well-known for its Black Russian, a sharp combination vodka and coffee liqueur to keep you from missing a single kick of the game! And for those with a sweet tooth, the quintessentially English Pimm’s Cup is perfect for a post-match picnic in the park.
Though Asia doesn’t have the football reputation of Europe or Latin America, the continent has produced some cracking players over the last decade. South Korea surprisingly sent favourites Germany crashing out of the cup with a 2-0 victory and their Grapefruit Soju is one to drink when reliving that crazy game! Another Asian team to wow the crowds was Japan and although they eventually fell to Belgium, a sip of the powerful Samurai Rock (which blends Sake and lime juice) is a great way to celebrate their time in the World Cup.
Of course, we cannot forget about the other teams that have already made their way out of the competition, so it only seems right to toast to their World Cup journey and to try some more international beverages! Australia’s cocktail, the blissfully named Fairy Floss Windmills, is a fruity mix of vanilla vodka, elderflower liquor, cranberry juice, apple juice and a lemon and strawberry floss to top it all off! Or rival it with Denmark’s dangerously named Anaconda, a concoction of cachaça, Midori, lime juice and pineapple juice.
Now that Spain and Germany are out, Brazil join France as the favourites to snatch the trophy. Blend cachaça, brown sugar and lime juice for a lip-smacking Brazilian Caipirinha to imbibe as the South American favourites tear up the pitch. And while the French team tackle and dive, try a classic mimosa, which mixes tangy orange juice with champagne. Be sure to sip between chants to avoid halftime hiccups.
Drink like a dark horse
But don’t count your goals ‘til they’re scored. At this year’s unpredictable tournament, anything could happen. The mere flash of a yellow card or the stretch of a goalie’s arm could drag the favourites from the pitch to departure lounge quicker than you could explain the offside rule. Uruguay have progressed with relative ease, stunning Portugal to advance to the quarterfinals against France. Serve your guests a batch of the Clerico, one of the country’s most popular cocktails, combining white wine, soda, lemon juice and fresh fruit to whet your whistle before the ref even has a chance to blow his. Regardless of how long Croatia remain in the tournament, their decadent Jensen Zima Proljece will remain a fan favourite at your next dinner party, combining cherry liqueur and fruit juices.
Another team who could sneak their way to victory is the host nation Russia who to the surprise of many eager football fans, knocked out favourites Spain in penalties. To cheer on their achievement, serve up the Moscow Mule, a simple mix of Russian standard vodka and ginger ale.