So today truly can be an official, “drinks pick the winners” for the World Cup 2014 Drink Off.
Today’s match-ups are very cool, tough, and I wish were in reverse order, because that Mexico vs Cameroon game will be a vicious.
So to cut to the chase, since we have so many match-ups, we got the contenders, in match order.
1st up, Mexico vs Cameroon!
For this one, I really think Mexico will win, without tasting any drinks. PLUS, I picked one of the top drinks Mexico has to offer – the Tequila Sunrise! (one of my top 5 drinks of all time really).
- 1oz Tequila
- 2oz Orange Juice (or fill glass)
- 1/2oz Grenadine
Pour in all ingredients into ice filled glass, but slowly pour Grenadine into glass. Top 5 of all time to me.
For Cameroon, there really is no drink that they have on the books (not that I could find at least), so, just made one up with fruit liqueurs to match the Cameroon flag. Those would be green, yellow, and reddish – and I picked Apple, Banana, and Mango!
I call this, the Cameroon BAM! (yeh I know, sooooo creative):
- 1oz Banana Liqueur
- 1/2oz AppleJack
- 1/2oz MangoJack
Shake all with one ice cube, poor into a double shooter glass.
Always best to shake your shots to chill them, and bring out the flavor of the alcohol.
This drink definitely is smooth, and you can adjust the ratios to be equal (1/3oz each) and still get the same great flavor.
And with that, who wins?
Tequila Sunrise of course – but definitely think this was a close match.
And 2nd up – Spain vs Netherlands, a finals rematch from World Cup 2010.
Now back when I went to Tales of the Cocktail in 2012, I went to a Gin and Tonic class, and the presenter informed us of the revolution with the Gin and Tonic in Spain, how it was basically becoming the “official” cocktail, and bartenders across the country making simple tweaks to the drink – and boy did this blow me away and the samples were amazing.
So, for the 1st Spain World Cup 2014 clash match, this G&T was made super simple, and in my Sangria glass:
Gin and Tonic:
- 1oz Gin
- Fill glass with tonic
- Lemon Wedge
- Couple dashes Orange Flower Water
I filled the whole glass with ice, and added the Gin, poured halfway with Tonic, added the dashes, and then filled er up. Lemon Wedge is a must. I used top shelf G’Vine too, just to see if Spain would win out.
For the Netherlands World Cup 2014 match-up drink, I took from BevMo’s! tweet earlier this week, and made “The Oranje”, which is also the teams nickname:
- 1.5oz Genevere (or Gin)
- 1oz Pear Schnapps
- 3oz OJ
- 3oz Hard Apple Cider
Shake the Gin, Schnapps and OJ together – pour into rocks glass with ice, then add the cider and stir. Drink and feel the refreshing coolness run through your entire body!
And the winner here?
TIE!– Yes, fn tie. Both drink are incredibly refreshing, easy to drink, and go with anything. And I love Gin & Tonics, LOVE EM! But callin this match a tie.
And last but not least – Chile vs Australia!
Now, for whatever reason I thought I had some Chilean wine lying around, but no, of course not. So, I went a little different and went traditional for Chile with the good old Pisco Sour, and pulled a nice Yalumba 2011 Riesling out for Australia to battle it out with on this match.
- 3oz Pisco
- 1oz Lemon Juice
- Teaspoon powdered sugar
Shake all ingredients and pour into cocktail glass. Pucker up!
And now I have to admit I do not really like Pisco Sour’s (I blame it on me not being proficient on them yet, and, surprisingly I do not see it on many menus here in the Bay Area – oddly),
and I love Australian wines – but I will cut directly to the chase here and call this one a TIE as well. In fact, they almost tasted exactly the same. The Pisco Sour was of course sour and good, where the wine was sharp, sweet, with slight fruit notes – and that straight made it good.
And with all that, there you have my picks for World Cup 2014 Friday the 13th picks.
Mexico, Tie, Tie! Should be an exciting day, without a doubt – and only on day 2. My liver is going to hate me at the end of the month.
Enjoy the games, and definitely enjoy the cocktails!