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!
A summery twist on Brazil’s national cocktail
• Quarter of a lemon
• 2 slices English cucumber • 2 Strawberries
• 1 tsp Sugar
• 2 oz Cachaça
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.
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)
Combine in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a mango slice.