The World Cup in Your Cup

The 20th World Cup kicks off today in Brazil, with the host country taking on Croatia. Celebrating this month-long soccer holiday in perhaps the world's most passionate futebole country would be a dream come true. If you can't make it to Rio, though, we've got you covered. As you cheer on your country, let us bring the World Cup to you with these Brazil-inspired cocktails containing Brazil's favorite spirit: cachaça!

CAIPIRINHA CUP

Caliente image CC some rights reserved from flickr.com user Seth Anderson.

Caliente image CC some rights reserved from flickr.com user Seth Anderson.

A summery twist on Brazil’s national cocktail

Quarter of a lemon
2 slices English cucumber 2 Strawberries
1 tsp Sugar
2 oz Cachaça
Ice

In a shaker, muddle the lemon, cucumber, strawberries and sugar. Fill with ice and add the cachaça. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with strawberry and cucumber slices.

CALIENTE CUP

Caiprinha image from Virtually Homemade

Caiprinha image from Virtually Homemade

A taste of Brazilian heat

1.5 oz Cachaça
.5 oz Triple sec
1 oz Passion fruit juice
1 oz Mango juice
2 Jalapeño chile pepper slices
.75 oz Sour mix (half part lime juice, half part lemon juice, 1 part simple syrup)
Ice

Combine in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a mango slice.

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