Forget football season, it’s fútbol season. With the World Cup about to get underway — games are happening June 11-July 11 — fortify those insatiable soccer fans posted up at your bar by offering drinks inspired by the world’s most popular sport. Get your guests into the World Cup spirit with these spirited cocktails and reap the benefit of this international game.
USA Blue ‘Under’ Dog Martini
Courtesy of Blue Ice American Vodka.
1 ½ ounces Blue Ice American Vodka
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
Dash of Falernum
Shake ingredients with cubed ice and strain into a Martini glass rimmed with kosher salt. Add a squeeze of lime.
Courtesy of Oro Azul Blanco Tequila.
2 ounce Oro Azul Blanco Tequila
½ ounce orange liqueur
½ ounce agave nectar
Juice from two squeezed limes
Moisten rim of Martini glass with lime wedge and dip into salt. Shake ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain in a Martini glass over ice cubes. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Courtesy of French distiller Gabriel Boudier.
1 ½ ounces Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin
4 ounces tonic water
Build the gin and tonic water over ice in a Collins glass. Stir well. Garnish with an orange wedge.
Portugal’s Sweet Victory
Courtesy of Dow’s Port.
3 ounces Dow’s Trademark Reserve Port
1 ounce Germain-Robin Fine Brandy
½ ounce Triple Sec
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. sugar
1 slice lemon
Shake all ingredients (except Port) with ice and strain into a Collins glass over ice cubes. Top with port, add the slice of lemon and serve.
Brazil: The Ultimate Caipirinha
Created by Cabana Cachaça.
8 ounces Cabana Cachaça
8 tsp. superfine sugar OR 4 ounces of simple syrup
5 limes quartered
Muddle the quartered limes in the bottom of a pitcher. Add all other ingredients and plenty of ice. Stir about 30 times.
Italy: Tuscan Sangria
Created by Hush Cocktails.
One 750-milliliter bottle Tuscan red wine
24 ounces fresh orange juice
6 ounces Tuaca (a vanilla- and citrus-flavored liqueur)
3 ounces Punt e Mes (a bittersweet Italian vermouth)
4 ounces fresh lime juice
4 ounces limoncello
¼ cup sugar
In a pitcher, combine the red wine, orange juice, Tuaca, Punt e Mes, lime juice, limoncello and sugar. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. To serve, fill wine glasses halfway with ice. Add the sangria and garnish each glass with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.