USA! USA! USA!
Team USA finally beat Ghana, ridding some ghosts and getting good positioning and setting a strong tone for their next match – Portugal.
The games were interesting – Persian Rose (Iran) vs Nigerian Chapman (Nigeria) ended in a tie, which was my back-up pick, and if you made both cocktails you will definitely see why I said it could be a tie (but went with Nigeria).
For today’s matches, we have 2 original matches for Round 1 phase 1, and then a Phase 2 start – which could be a huge match for Group A and also for our neighbors to the south….Brasil vs Mexico!
The first match-up for the day is Belgium vs Algeria – and I liked both these cocktails and found both online.
For Belgium, a country I think about having a giant waffle – and with that thought, I looked for a cocktail to reflect that, and none other than Syrup maker Monin! They called it the Belgium Biscuit.
This cocktail was delicious and I made another just to drink it again – good stuff. The original called for Gingerbread Syrup which I swapped for Gingerbread liqueur.
- 1oz Raspberry Vodka
- 1/2oz Creme De Cacao
- 1/2oz Gingerbread Liqueur
- 1.5oz Cranberry Juice
- 1oz Cream
- Dash of Grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into cocktail glass. Drink for breakfast.
For our North African friends, Absolut Vodka had a cocktail on their site, which does not even contain any Absolut! I closed the window for it (incognito mode didn’t let me recover it – whoops) so, no link, but I wrote it down. Coctel Algeria!
This cocktail fits Algeria in being strong and up-front about what it is all about – it has a power packed flavor, definitely get to taste the flavors of the alcohol involved in the cocktail (Pisco and Brandy) and they meld well together.
- 1oz Apricot Brandy
- 1oz Pisco
- 1oz Triple Sec
- 1 1/3oz Orange Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in cocktail glass. Get ready to sweat.
So who wins this? I think as much as I like no bs Coctel Algeria, Belgium pulls it out.
Up next for the 2nd match is a round 1 match-up in Group A between some heavyweights – Brasil vs Mexico!
For this match-up, that means we have the Caipirinha vs Tequila Sunrise.
I call tie here – A Caipirinha is a strong and healthy drink with few ingredients, but the Tequila Sunrise is a drink that can knock you down if you’re not careful.
Lastly, we have Russia vs Korea!
No brainer for Russia here to me – White Russian! This is a classic drink, had some star power in the Big Lebowski.
I like this drink – it just tastes good, and you cannot really go wrong. And the better the Vodka, the better the drink because it becomes cleaner.
And interestingly, with Russia holding the next World Cup in 2018, I am sure they want to impress here.
- 1.5oz Vodka
- 1/2oz Kahlua
- Fill with cream
Add ingredients in ice filled glass – stir gently.
On the other side, with Korea (love lots of Korean food, drink, karaoke), I went with Vodka’s replacement – SOJU! Many places with beer/wine only licences are able to get away with using Soju as a baseline alcohol as a replacement for Vodka, which makes it the “new” vodka – and it better watch out!
For Korea, I picked the Lotus Flower – which just adds a bit of touch to the Soju and lets it shine.
- 1.5oz Soju
- 1/2oz Lemon Juice
- 1/2oz Agave Nectar
Shake and strain into small glass. Enjoy a lot.
I went with Russia on this one – old school and just tasty.
Hope I go 3 for 3 today.