World Cup Party: Drink Up, Brazil and Netherlands

Rachel Tepper Paley
July 11, 2014

Illustration credit: Jennifer Fox

It’s Friday, which means soccer fans have been cheering themselves ragged at World Cup matches all week. And not even for their own teams. (We’ll always remember you, Team USA!) 

That deserves some recognition. For this weekend’s Brazil vs. Netherlands match, take a break from cooking and stir up a few boozy concoctions inspired by both teams. 

For Brazil, we favor a bracing caipirinha, the country’s national drink. It’s made with cachaça, a rum-like spirit distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. No need to dress it up—a bit of muddled sugar and lime are the only additions required.

For the Netherlands, we dig this Dutch spin on one of our all-time favorite cocktails, the Negroni. It’s the addition of Genever that does the trick: The malty, juniper-scented spirit was first distilled by 16th-century Dutch producers, and is the antecedent of modern gin. And it pairs remarkably well with Campari and sweet vermouth, so there’s that, too.

To Brazil, we say “saúde!” and to the Netherlands, “proost!” Of course, raising one’s glass with a smile will work just about anywhere, too.

Serves 1

Half a lime, cut into wedges
2 tsp Sugar (or 1 oz simple syrup)
2 oz Cachaça
Glass: Double Old Fashioned
Garnish: Lime wheel (optional)

In a double Old Fashioned glass, muddle the sugar and lime. Fill with ice and add the cachaça. Stir briefly and garnish with a lime wheel if desired.

Dutch Negroni
Serves 1

1.5 oz Bols Genever
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet vermouth
Orange zest or half-wheel for garnish

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a large piece of orange zest or an orange half-wheel.