Saturday, June 14, 2014

Drink the World Cup | Côte d'Ivoire vs. Japan


In Côte d'Ivoire, you'll either find Bangui, which is a wine made from palm oil, or Kotoukou, a brandy distilled from Bangui. I'm not sure I've got too much to say about either.

While sake is the national drink of Japan, I'm going with something a little stronger since it's the first game and the pressure might be on. Shochu on the rocks is a wonderful way to start and Japanese meal. It's basically the Japanese version of vodka, but much more interesting and nuanced since they are distilled from different things like sweet potato, barley, sesame. One of my favorites is distilled with green tea and is called Gyokuro. The Japanese also serve shochu with fresh squeezed fruit, like grapefruit.

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