While the rest of the soccer-loving nation will be guzzling beer at the stadiums, everyone else watching from home can try out cocktails in honour of the different teams. Mokgadi Seabi shares some recipes.
Team South Africa: Screaming Orgasm
A fun country goes with a fun cocktail name. It’s only fitting that the host country with the vuvuzela will have an equally exciting name. The drink’s main ingredient is Amarula cream, an authentic South African liqueur made from wild fruits called morula, which grow in Limpopo.
Blend all ingredients over crushed ice and pour into a wine glass. Serve.
Team US: The Manhattan
The drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York in the early 1870s. Almost as fashionable as a Cosmo, the Manhattan is what some call the king of cocktails.
Whisky or Bourbon
Red (sweet) vermouth
Dash of bitters (optional)
Mix ingredients together over ice in a cocktail shaker and stir – shaking makes it blurry. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry with a stem or an orange peel. A Manhattan is also frequently served on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass (lowball glass).
Team Spain: Spanish Sangria
One of Spain’s most popular cocktails. Always great at social gatherings and easy on the pocket.
A bottle dry red wine
Mix the sliced and chilled fruits, wine, and orange juice in a large pitcher. Pour in the rum and sugar. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours. When ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste with sugar.
Team Brazil: Caipirinha
The principle ingredient is cachaça, a Brazilian cane sugar liquor. Brazillians like it so much that two billion litres are produced in Brazil every year with 99% of it remaining in the country.
Quarter the limes lengthwise, then cut each quarter in half crosswise and divide pieces between glasses. Add one tablespoon of sugar, then muddle the lime pieces by pounding and pressing with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved into the lime juice. Fill each glass with ice and add 3 tablespoons cachaça to each, stirring well.
Team Japan: Black Ship
The Pirates of the Caribbean-sounding cocktail, the Black Ship, was named after the American naval vessel which forced an end to isolation in Japan eons ago. The Black Ship is a nice little drink, from the book Japanese Cocktails by Yuri Kato, which shows the Japanese way of cocktail mixology.
Japanese blended whiskey
Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a long strip of lemon peel and serve.