10 Cocktails to Sip While Watching the Summer Games
Sit back, turn on the Summer Games and sip on one of these internationally-inspired cocktails.
The Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are kicking off tonight, and it's a great excuse to gather around the TV with your best pals while eating and drinking. It's not every day that countries from across the globe come together to experience each other's cultures. To celebrate, we share internationally-inspired cocktails from the 10 countries expected to win the most gold medals based on predictions by Gracenote, a sports analytics company.
10: Brazil / Caipirinha Cocktail
Brazil's national cocktail is simple to make with only a few ingredients including Cachaca or substitute with white rum. Try these other Brazilian cocktails>>
Make It: Food Network's Caiprinha Cocktail
9: Korea / Cardamom Berry Smash
South Korea produces a lot of black raspberries, and even though our cardamom berry smash is made with blackberries, you can easily switch it out for raspberries.
Make It: Cardamom Berry Smash
8: France / Mimosa
The mimosa was first invented in 1925 by a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. The best part about this cocktail is you can make it with any fruit juice you desire.
Make It: Pomegranate Mimosa
7: Japan / Matcha Green Tea Gimlet
Matcha Green Tea Gimlet Wedding Cocktail
The grassy notes of the matcha balance perfectly with the flowery botanicals of the London dry gin in this very "green" cocktail. The beautiful, deep green hue is an elegant touch to a wedding celebration.
The grassy notes of this Japanese-style tea complement the flowery notes of dry gin. If you like a combination of a little tartness and sweetness, this cocktail is for you.
Make It: Matcha Green Tea Gimlet
6: Russia / Moscow Mule
Bring out your copper mug to make this classic Russian (and American!) favorite.
Make It: Moscow Mule
5: Australia / Mojito
Although it originated in Cuba, you'll find the mojito in every bar in Australia.
Make It: Classic Mojito
4: Germany / Coffee Stout
Germans love their coffee and stout. This cocktail combines both.
3: Great Britain / Pimm's Cup
The Pimm's Cup cocktail is often consumed during tennis matches, but this summertime favorite is delicious all season long.
Make It: Food Network's Pimm's Cup
2: China / Iced Ginger Green Tea
Tea is a staple drink in China, and they're also a huge producer of ginger root. This cocktail brings the two together to make a refreshing summer cocktail.
Make It: Food Network's Iced Ginger Green Tea
1: United States / Long Island Iced Tea
Combining several types of liquor — vodka, rum, tequila, gin and triple sec — the Long Island Iced Tea is known to have been invented in the '20s during the Prohibition era.
Make It: Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail
Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
Our twist on the classic gin and tonic combines muddled mint, fresh pink grapefruit and sweet elderflower liqueur for a refreshing summer brew that will prove to be a major party pleaser.
Make This: Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
The Lime in the Coconut
Made from coconut vodka, coconut water, pineapple puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of cherry-lime sparkling water, this refreshing big batch cocktail is a summery twist on the classic vodka soda.
Make This: Lime in the Coconut Cocktail
Coconut Mango Margarita
Not too sweet — but not too spicy — a blend of jalapeño, mango and coconut milk is a winning combination. You can make it in 10 minutes from start to finish, and no need for a high-powered blender because the recipe uses frozen mango cubes in lieu of ice cubes.
Make This: Coconut Mango Margarita
Coastal Citrus Punch
This refreshing punch can be made in a large glass jug and placed in a pail of ice for your summertime gathering. Place additional fruit and ice in glasses for a fun, decorative touch.
Make This: Coastal Citrus Punch
The flavors of this festive punch will bring you back to your childhood. Perfect for an outdoor gathering, bridal shower or Sunday brunch, this sunny concoction is easily doubled and great for a crowd.
Make This: Oranges-and-Cream Punch
Lemony Summer Shandy
This beer punch couldn't be easier to whip up, and its light, lemony flavor helps cool down hot summer days. Careful, though: The Canadian whiskey packs a punch.
Make This: Lemonade-Beer Punch
Rose and Lemon Sparkling Punch
Sparkling rosè and cranberry juice give this lemony punch its blush-pink hue, making it perfect for a summer picnic or bridal or baby shower.
Make This: Sparkling Rosè Punch