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.
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