World Cup 2014: Sunday 6/15/14

What a day Saturday turned out to be! I mean upset city with Costa Rica just pulling it out and, possibly, having a good Goal Differential!

Amazing games overall, but England vs Italy took the cake in my book, as predicted and as it should have. Did not disappoint.

I wish I was going to be able to watch the games during the week – difficult to watch, but will hopefully be able to listen and or follow online thru a gamecast.

Anyways, todays match-ups seem lopsided to me on paper, except the 1st game, with the Swiss vs Ecuador – consider that mostly evenly matched. France and Honduras could be a snooze fest, considering how France has folded the last couple World Cups early. And Argentina and Bosnia – I would be shocked on an upset.

Needless to say, let us have the drinks decide.

For our 1st match-up, we have Switzerland vs Ecuador!

I think this match is a good start for a Sunday, because the drinks I chose go good with breakfast!

Swiss Alps so good you can drink

Swiss Alps so good you can drink

For the Swiss, I went with a recipe that I found online (in multiple places, different ways) with the Swiss Alps – which helped finish off the Hpnotiq bottle sitting in the bar (and replace with new one).

Swiss Alps:

  • 1.5oz Hpnotiq
  • 3/4oz White Creme De Cacao

Shake and strain into cocktail glass. Just down it!

 

On the Ecuadorian side, I went with what was apparently deemed the “National” Cocktail, by vote no less, from the people of Ecuador– the Happy Japa.

This drink will be gone in 5 seconds

This drink will be gone in 5 seconds

Happy Japa:

  • 1/2oz Orange Brandy
  • 1/2oz Grenadine
  • 1/2oz Lemon Juice
  • 1.5oz Pineapple Juice

Shake and strain into mini-champagne glass. Practically just absorbed this drink it – I would like to kick it up and add Aguardiente or other South American alcohol (hmmmmmmm. Cachaca anyone?) – so if Ecuador makes it to the next round this will be amped up for sure.

 

I drank both drinks before I went to the next drinks, they were both that good – which amazed me, because typically I make the drinks, set them aside, and move on to the next ones, and then just have one merry old time drinking them for the rest of the nite. Whatever I do not finish I use for Sangria base, since for whatever reason people keep giving me wine – which is another challenge to make it taste like Sangria and be good.

Red vs Blue! Latin Heat vs Cool Mountains

Red vs Blue! Latin Heat vs Cool Mountains

But I digress – winner? Ecuador! However, I think this could be a tie.

Up next, France vs Honduras!

Did FIFA do this intentionally or something? Second match-up with a Euro country vs a Latin Country….Fire vs Ice!

In this match-up, I really thought of doing just Pepsi + Rum for Honduras, since Pepsi is typically the drink of choice (thank you Mr. Black – 8th grade!)

I like to think that Honduras had a drink, but nope, like most Countries in Central and South America, they just have more localised drinks for locals mainly, and it would be a challenge, and probably not even close, if I tried to even make them – or find the recipes period. So, I went with a traditional Caribbean + Coastal flair with a Rum Runner modification, which I dubbed the Rum Hunter, which stays very close to the original (more juice).

Rum Hunter:

Hunting that RUM

Hunting that RUM

 

  • 1/2oz Banana Liqueur
  • 1/2oz Dark Rum
  • 1/2oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 Blackberry Brandy
  • 1.5oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1.5oz Orange Juice

Combine all in Specialty glass- stir gently…

On the other side of the fence, there were a ton of different recipes for me to choose from for the Le France….. and since I didn’t know what to pick, I put 10 recipes in a Beret (okay just a hat) and picked one and that happened to be a good old Sidecar. Strong and powerful drink, with just 3 ingredients.

Classic Side Car:

Turn down for gnac!

Turn down for gnac!

  • 1.5oz Cognac
  • 1/2oz Orange Liqueur (guess which!?)
  • 1/2oz Lemon Juice

This was a puzzler for me to choose because the Side Car is a strong, old school classic cocktail that will punch you in the face and just keep going (very un-French like now that I think about it). And then on the other hand, the Rum Hunter is sweet, refreshing, and just asking for another before you finish the 1st.

With that, I went with the drink that was laid back vs the drink that will lay you back. Honduras, in an upset, winner!

Last match of the day, and one that I want to see bad considering the upsets lately, is Argentina vs Bosnia & Herzegovina!

Here I copped out, and went glass to glass, more because I had this Argentine Malbec I wanted to open and this was a good excuse to open it and not drink it in one night (since it needs to last 3 matches against the other drinks).

Also, I stumbled upon a Bosnian Slivovitz, which, since the Argentinian wine is mashed with some plums, this worked out well to be glass on glass.

Wine and dine

Wine and dine

I suddenly think of movies ...

I suddenly think of movies …

And clear winner for me here (after tannins got done “airing out”) was Argentina!

But I do have a cocktail in reserve now for Bosnia and hope to see them advance so I can make it and use it for the Round of 16.

 

 

And there you have it – this month long work stoppage would be better if we actually did shutdown at work.

–D

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