The Negroni & Pimm's Cup [Photo Credit / Copyright: Nick C. Bumstead]
So far we have been going with national drinks, but I am not sure I can bring myself to go with tea for England. It could be a perfect pint of bitter from a pub or perhaps the old G & T. Nope, it is going to be the Pimm's Cup. Oh so British. In a tall glass, over ice, add 2 oz. Pimm's No. 1, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, 3 oz. ginger ale, stir and garnish with a long slice of cucumber, a sprig of mint, a strawberry and maybe a slice of lemon. And just pray for the English to win their first match.
It was just Negroni week, so it might be fitting for Italy to start out with a classic cocktail with 2 oz. London Dry gin, 0.75 oz. Italian sweet vermouth, 0.75 oz. Campari, served either up or over a large ice cube or two and garnish with an orange twist. Change it up a little, perhaps and try adding / trading some other bitter liquors like Vergano's Chinato Americano, recipe here.