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!
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).
- 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.
- 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.
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).
- 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:
- 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.
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.