World Cup 2014: Saturday 6/14/14

Oh boy now – FIFA World Cup 2014 has yet to disappoint in action!

Well, that Chile vs Australia game was a little soft, but, overall 4 games, and I am 2 and 2 in predictions, and there is so much more to look forward to.

Today we have four World Cup 2014 matches, which was quite a bit to prepare for considering who was playing who and that sometimes it is not as straight forward picking drinks, and nor would I want to use the low hanging fruit super fast either for the “known” cocktail countries.

With that, brass tacks time, and World Cup 2014 matches for Saturday, 6/14/14.

World Cup 2014 Group C Match-up #1: Colombia vs Greece!

Here I tried to do a drink for Colombia that was flag colors, but layered drinks are always hits and misses, so I researched more Colombian drinks, and of course Aguardiente pops up, which I do not have (YET!). In addition, there is a Dictator Rum that comes from Colombia, but it is like $70 at BevMo, and a budget buster right now (thanks to 49ers ticket payments due).

So without any of those, I decided to try and “make” Aguardiente – by combining white rum and Strega to give the rum + Star anise flavor, and made an Aguardiente Sour.

Colombia always brings the flavor (Sophia Vergara anyone)

Colombia always brings the flavor (Sophia Vergara anyone)

This drink is supposed to be refreshing and it was, even with my “Aguardiente” substitute.

Aguardiente Sour:

  • 6oz Aguardiente (or 3oz Rum + 3oz Strega)
  • 2oz Lime Juice
  • 4oz Orange Juice
  • Tablespoon Sugar
  • Lil egg white or frother

Shake in big cocktail shaker (since these Colombians like a lot of liquid) and pour into 3 tall Collins Glass.

Lime Garnish.

On the other side of the pitch we have Greece – a country I would love to visit someday, and explore all the rich history and of course eat and drink ridiculous amounts of everything the country has to offer.

For Greece then I used traditional Ouzo, and made a Greek Doctor, which uses Vodka to give it the power it needs to operate, and the citrus to make sure you keep your cool.

Did someone call for a (Greek) Doctor?

Did someone call for a (Greek) Doctor?

Greek Doctor:

  • 1oz Ouzo
  • 1oz White Rum
  • 1/2oz Lemon Juice
  • 1oz Orange Juice

Shake all ingredients with FOUR ice cubes (I read like 6 different recipes and this was the mainstay in every single one for whatever reason). Pour into ice filled rocks glass and garnish with an Orange slice.

What is interesting is that both these drinks have heavy Anise flavors, just different routes to that end. It was difficult to decide which drink was better, as both were nearly the same…

 

Coastal Country battle

Coastal Country battle

…and thus I say again, for the 3rd time – TIE. However, I can see more people liking Colombia on this drink.

Next World Cup 2014 matchup is Group D, and a good one at that with Uruguay vs Costa Rica! Two more countries I would love to visit, and of course Uruguay has a ridiculously long history and involvement with the World Cup and usually shows up strong.

For these countries, research shows similar drinks, mostly rum bases obviously, and no clear direction to go. However Uruguay did have an interesting common drink of choice Medio y Medio – which is white wine and champagne mixed together. So, I decided to make the same drink two ways – changing out only one ingredient and seeing which tasted better, and here there was a clear winner (and the start of feeling like this is going to be a long nite).

Wait a second, are we twins?

Wait a second, are we twins?

Costa Rican Refresher:

  • 2oz White Rum
  • 1oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 1/2oz Lime Juice
  • Sprite

Shake all ingredients together (except Sprite) and pour into ice filled rocks glass. Top with Sprite.

Uruguay Refresher Medio:

  • 2oz White WINE!
  • 1oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 1/2oz Lime Juice
  • Sprite

Shake all ingredients together (except Sprite) and pour into ice filled rocks glass. Top with Sprite.

And the clear winner to me – Uruguay! And I further made a note to start trying more cocktails with White Wine – I made a second one with 1/2oz less White Wine and 1/2oz of Rum to see if the “strength” of the cocktail was affecting the flavor, and it made no difference, in case anyone is wondering.

Next World Cup 2014 match is the other part of Group D, and the thriller of the day – England vs Italia! And I cannot wait for this match-up to happen. I hope the hot water is working in my apartment by then (it has been off and on for last two days, and yesterday I got to take a cold shower before work, which is a wonderful way to start the day).

Boot vs Hat

Boot vs Hat

For this round I went traditional for England and chose Pimm’s Cup (partially because it involves using Iced Tea, and frankly I need my pitchers back and space in the fridge since I have been making so many different things).

The British are coming!

The British are coming!

Pimm’s Cup:

  • 1 1/4oz Pimm’s No 1
  • 3oz Lemonade
  • Lemon-lime soda topper

In ice filled Highball glass, pour ingredients in order, filling with soda to taste.

 

 

 

 

For Italia (full disclosure, I love nearly everything Italian, and somewhere in my really mixed up blood line, there might be some in there), I made an Italian Cold Screw, adding either Club Soda, or Sprite (depends on your palate) for the calming effect. Even now, after sipping this drink, I want a big giant plate of Pasta.

Italian Cold Screwdriver:

Italia Italia Italia

Italia Italia Italia

 

 

  • 1.5oz DiSaronno
  • 2oz Orange Juice
  • Sprite

In an Ice filled bucket glass, pour ingredients in order, topping with Soda to taste.

This winner was also clear-cut for me, because the drink was just so much better, in this head to head at least – which was ITALIA! Yes, that damn good DiSaronno wins me over, even tho Pimm’s #1 is great in a Pimm’s cup and I could have these for breakfast every day.

 

Moving on to our last World Cup 2014 match of the day, is back to Group C – Japan vs Ivory Coast. 

I have to say that coming up with drinks for African nations has not been easy – looking ahead in the World Cup I still have more to figure out no less; since I am not familiar with any alcohol really that comes from these countries. Most of the time they import their booze, and/or adapt their former Colonizer nations habits. Needless to say I try and focus on either colors or fruit of the country, and just winging it from there.

Hi there - your kinda tall!

Hi there – your kinda tall!

Back to the drinks – for Japan I went with Sake of course, and edged it with some cherry juice to create what I call the “Cherry Blossom”.

Cherry Blossom:

Cherry Blossoms fall lightly

Cherry Blossoms fall lightly

  • 1.5oz Sake
  • 2 Bar spoons Sweet cherry juice

Shake ingredients with ice, pour into fluted shot glass.

For the African Nation Ivory Coast – I decided equally to go with a shot, Coastal Fog – using Midori and Rum as the base.

Green is good

Green is good

 

 

 

For this I really liked how Coastal Fog came thru, and I can see this drink being modified around with other things to mix the drink with (like a jalapeno to add some spice) and change the character of the drink.

But who won? Japan! and the Cherry Blossom, tho I look forward to expanding the Coastal Fog for the next round and seeing if this can become a winner.

Let’s enjoy the matches of the day and see how I do! Remember, these drinks are the sole decider for me on who will win – it also helps that, up to the World Cup 2014, I watched very little Futbol, and I follow zero teams. However put a soccer game on and I can just sit down and enjoy the next two hours. Same for almost any sport.

World Cup Fever!

–D

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