Monday, June 23, 2014

Drink the World Cup | Croatia vs. Mexico


The Croatia Mexico game is a big game - it'll determine who is going through probably against Brazil. Hoping for a spiritous game, I'm going with some liquors for this match.

It's Rakia again for Croatia, but this time in a cocktail. The Cocktail Geek answers the question of what to do with the bottle of Rakia you pick up on vacation when you buy a souvenir for yourself. His recipe for The Herbs and the Bees cocktail is 50ml honey and lavender Rakia, 20ml lemon juice, two dash Dr Elmegirab Spanish bitters, small sprig of lemon thyme. Muddle lemon thyme in base of shaker and add rest of ingredients. Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with lemon thyme.

I could have gone with a beer for Mexico, which I haven't done yet with Mexico. If they make it through, that maybe next. There'll be so much tension for this game, another agave spirit is needed. Not tequila, not mezcal, but something a little more obscure, called Sotol. Hacienda De Chihuahua Sotol Reposado is aged for 6 months in new white oak barrels is made from wild harvested Sotol agave. Try this neat with a lime on side dipped in Sal de Gusano, a Oaxacan spicy salt blended with desiccated caterpillar, a larvae that feeds on agave plants.

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