If you’re a soccer fan, you know that the FIFA World Cup is coming up soon! Instead of its usual dates of June and July, the international soccer competition will be played in November and December this year to avoid the intense Qatari heat of the summer months. As you kick back with friends to watch the various countries duke it out on the field, here are some thematic drinks you can enjoy.
This year, 8 stadiums will host the World Cup across 5 different cities in Qatar. In honor of the first-ever World Cup held in the Middle East, sip on this boozy limonana. Limonana is a common refreshing beverage served throughout the Middle East, including Qatar. While typically non-alcoholic, we’ve spiked this sweet and sour mint lemonade with some vodka for an adult twist.
½ cup sugar
1 ¾ cups water
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3 ½ cups ice
1 cup fresh mint leaves
4 oz Jean Marc Vodka XO
Combine 1 cup of water and the sugar in a small pot. Heat over medium and whisk until the sugar dissolves
Let cool to room temperature
Add mint leaves, lemon juice, ice, vodka, and the sugar water to a blender along with another ¾ cup of water
Pulse for a few seconds and then blend until the ice is fully crushed
Pour into glasses and garnish with a lemon slice or mint
Yellow Card Cocktail
On November 20th, we’ll watch at home as the first of the 32 soccer teams compete to win the $42 million prize money and coveted World Cup trophy. If you’re having a party, be sure to include Yellow Card Cocktails as part of the festivities. Yellow cards are warnings given to players when they use excessive force or behave recklessly. Two yellow cards turn into a red card which means the player is out of the game. Make this a drinking game by pouring yourself another glass each time a player gets a yellow card (on average or 3.42 times per match).
1 ½ oz Milagro Silver Tequila
¾ oz fresh lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves (optional)
Add all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
Strain into a martini glass
Tito’s Kickin Mule
This spin on a Moscow Mule has a ‘kick’ to it, perfect for watching the World Cup players kick the ball around the field. The spice will definitely get you heated up for the next match, but somehow the vodka cocktail still tastes refreshing. Cheer on your favorite team with this in hand.
1 ½ oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
3 oz ginger beer
1 lime slice
1 watermelon slice, chopped up
1-2 jalapeño slices
Muddle watermelon and jalapeño slices in the bottom of a glass
Pour in the rest of the ingredients
Garnish with slices of lime, jalapeño, and watermelon
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