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Step Up Your World Cup Drinking Game

Beer / June 26, 2014 / No Comments.

178522020With the World Cup in full swing, we’re sure most of you are already watching with a drink in hand. But what could make the festivities even better? How about a drinking game or two to stir up the excitement?

You’re already familiar with American favorites like beer pong, quarters, and slap cup, but what about games from around the world—specifically those from the three countries that typically dominate the World Cup team list.

  1. Spain – Los Chunguitos:

So what if they’ve already been ousted, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy their drinking traditions.In Spain, the game Los Chunguitos, named after a famous 1970s rumba band from Madrid, is known among all. Like most drinking games, Los Chunguitos requires you to use your memory as well as keep a tune—but easier said then done.

To begin, start clapping. The first person will say, “I am Chunguitos number one,” the second person follows, “I am Chunguitos number two,” and so on until everyone has stated a number. Then, the first person will call out their number followed by another person’s number, and the player called out will continue the pattern (calling out their number and then another player’s number). As this goes on, each person to the right of the first player will take on an “instrument” to add to the hand clapping beat. So the second person will imitate drums, the third guitar, etc. The first person that messes up must drink—then the game restarts.

  1. Germany – Hammerschlagen:

Dating back to the first Oktoberfest in the 1800s, Hammerschlagen begins with every player putting a nail in a plank of wood/tree stump. The nail should be secure enough to stand on its own, though it shouldn’t be sunk in too far. Each person takes one swing at his or her nail—if you miss, you automatically drink. The first person to completely hammer in their nail traditionally gets a free shot, while the last person to do so buys the next round. Either way, drinks for all. 

  1. Brazil – Truco:

In Brazil, the card game “Truco” is a popular drinking game among college students. Played in teams of two, three, or even four, Truco requires many rules, but essentially is a combination of Poker and Bullshit. Using a classic deck of cards, each player is given three cards at random. First, the dealer places a “trick” card in the center (just a random card), and moving counterclockwise from the dealer, each person will reveal one of his or her three cards. The person with the highest-ranking card (Ace being the lowest and King being the highest) wins the trick card. Win two out of the three of these “trick” cards and you and your team are in the clear—everyone else must drink.

So if for some reason you’re not already rooting for the great USA, pick your favorite country and show it some love by practicing a traditional drinking game.


Cachaça, the Caipirinha and Bringing Brazil to America

Cocktails / July 1, 2013 / 2 Comments.


You’ve heard of the margarita, right?


How about the mojito?


Well they all began outside of our country and we think we’ve spotted what could be the next popular drink to hit the U.S.: the caipirinha.


The caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil and it’s made with sugar, ice, lime and cachaça. It was basically unknown in the U.S., until recently. In the past few years as Brazilian food, restaurants, and culture have become more mainstream, the caipirinha has started popping up on cocktail menus and cachaça has become more widely available in liquor stores.


So, what is cachaça? It is similar to rum in that it is distilled from sugarcane, but cachaça (pronounced kah-SHAH-sah) almost has a hint of tequila flavor. As it works its way toward becoming more of a household name, we recommend scouting out a few bottles for your home bar. That way, when it becomes the next big thing, you can tell your friends that you were way ahead of the trend.


Some Brands of Cachaça Currently Being Sold in the U.S:


Leblon – Leblon is distilled in Brazil’s fertile Minas Gerais region. It has a delicate, fruity nose, combined with an ultra smooth finish.


Ypióca – This Brazilian company founded in 1846 was recently acquired by Diageo. It is the largest producer of cachaça in Brazil and they make several different types like Ypióca Crystal, a clear cachaça aged for 10 months in Brazilian wood barrels, and Ypióca Ouro, which is aged for two to three years in balsamic barrels, resulting in a spicier flavor.


Pitu – You can spot Pitu because of the red Pitu on the label (some people call it “the lobster”). It is made in northeast Brazil by a 75-year-old family owned business. They use the finest sugar cane, pure water and pedigreed yeast to make their product.


Fazenda Mae de Ouro – This cachaça is distilled in small batches and aged in oak for a year. It has delicate characteristics of vanilla and pepper mingled with the sweet character of sugar cane.


With the World Cup heading to Brazil in 2014 and the Olympics coming to town in 2016, we have no doubt that the love for cachaça is going to spread across the world very soon. Grab a bottle, make a caipirinha and let us know what you think.