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Thursday, June 12, 2014

World Cup 2014: The Definitive Imbibers' Guide to World Cup Sips

Photo by Robert Peacock

Four long years of waiting are finally coming to an end! The FIFA World Cup Brazil kicks off today and we’re gearing up for a series of intense matches. So many burning questions hang in the air—will the U.S. make it out of the first round despite being in a group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana? Will more controversy arise around FIFA? And, most importantly, what will we sip as we nail-bite our way through the games? We’ve put together a guide based on which team you’ll be supporting. If your team gets the boot, just switch your drink as you do your allegiances. May the best team—and drink—win!

Spain 
Spain is the #1 ranked team right now according to FIFA and we think a mellow, sherry-based cocktail like the Carpenter’s Hand is just the thing for Spain’s fans.

Germany 
Almost always a strong team, Germany is ranked at #2 in the world right now. For their drink, we're going for a traditional German brew.

Brazil 
As the host of this years’ World Cup and home to the #3 team in the world, Brazil is the golden child of the 2014 games. Toast their inevitable—and inevitably well-played—wins with the country’s national cocktail, a  Caipirinha.

Portugal 
Cheer on Portugal, the 4th-ranked team in the world, with this fruity and rich port-spiked Negroni.

Argentina
Argentina’s fans are some of the most passionate in the world. What better to toast their team with than a drink named for one of the country’s most famous figures, Eva Peron.

Italy 
Campari and prosecco—what could possibly be more Italian than that? Cheer on one of the most fun-to-watch teams of all with this fizzy, lightened-up Negroni Sbagliato.

England
A little fruity, a little fizzy, a little bitter and 100% refreshing, nothing says sporting summer fun in England quite like a classic Pimm’s Cup.

USA  
We’re strong, but the US team has their work cut out for them, going up against Portugal and Germany right off the bat, so you’ll need to sip something strong. Mix up an all-American pitcher of Juleps before the game, and settle in for some major nail-biting.