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.

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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

Caipirinha

Caipirinha

Ingrid Hoffman's Caipirinha

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Ingrid Hoffman

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>>

9: Korea / Cardamom Berry Smash

Cardamom Blackberry Smash

Cardamom Blackberry 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.

8: France / Mimosa

Pomegranate Mimosa

Pomegranate Mimosa

Sweeten your holiday brunch with a refreshing mimosa made from pomegranate juice and a lemon twist.

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.

7: Japan / Matcha Green Tea Gimlet

Matcha Green Tea Gimlet Wedding Cocktail

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.

6: Russia / Moscow Mule

Cold Moscow Mules - Ginger Beer, lime and Vodka

Cold Moscow Mules - Ginger Beer, lime and Vodka

This cold Moscow mule cocktail features vodka, ginger ale and lime.

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©iStockphoto.com/Kesu01

Bring out your copper mug to make this classic Russian (and American!) favorite.

Make It: Moscow Mule

5: Australia / Mojito

Mojito Cocktail with Mint Sprig

Mojito Cocktail with Mint Sprig

Make a mojito even more refreshing by adding a mint spring to the rum drink served over ice.

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

Pimm's Cup

Pimm's Cup

Cooking Channel Pimm's Cup

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

The Pimm's Cup cocktail is often consumed during tennis matches, but this summertime favorite is delicious all season long.

2: China / Iced Ginger Green Tea

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Healthy Iced Matcha Tea with lime, ginger and mint with matcha powder on side. Macro, selective focus

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SStajic

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.

1: United States / Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail

Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail

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.

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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

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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 

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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

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Boozy Berry Patch Lemonade

Fresh, ripe berries + whiskey + tart lemonade = a not-too-sweet cocktail that's sure to please a crowd.

Make This: Boozy Berry Lemonade

Photo By: Jason Kisner

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

Pineapple Hibiscus Punch

Hibiscus tea, pineapple juice, rum and ginger simple syrup are the perfect mix of sweet, spicy and refreshing.

Make This: Pineapple Hibiscus Punch

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Honeydew Green Tea

Blend fresh honeydew melon with ice and add it to green tea for a new fruity-flavored drink. 

Make This: Honeydew Green Tea

Photo By: Photographs by James T. Farmer III and Maggie Yelton from Sip & Savor by James T. Farmer III, reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith

Oranges-and-Cream 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

(Watermelon) Keg Party

Make a big batch of your favorite watermelon sip then turn the shell into a party serving vessel. Sweet!

Make This: Watermelon Keg

Sparkling Sunshine Punch

Adorn this tart and bubbly punch with pretty, yet simple to make, floating ice flowers.

Make This: Sparkling Sunshine 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

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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

Sparkling Summer Sangria

Dress up white wine and Prosecco with summer's freshest fruit and herbs. To keep the mixture cool, freeze the fruit unitl your party begins. 

Make This: Sparkling Summer Sangria

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Red, White and Blue Sangria

For a patriotic take on sangria, decorate your pitcher with cookie-cutter fruit shapes in red, white and blue. 

Make This: Red, White and Blue Sangria 

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Refreshing Muscadine Sangria

This Southern spin on sangria features thick-skinned muscadine grapes, lime and white wine. 

Make This: Muscadine Sangria 

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