If you don't feel any loyalty to a particular team, why not root for Italy if for no other reason than the fact that some of these guys have fabulous hair? Their first match is against Paraguay on June 14. Whip up a batch of the Tuscan Sangria, described below, and show some team spirit!
One 750-milliliter bottle Tuscan red wine
24 oz fresh orange juice
6 oz Tuaca (a vanilla- and citrus-flavored liqueur)
3 oz Punt e Mes (a bittersweet Italian vermouth)
4 oz fresh lime juice
4 oz limoncello
1/4 cup sugar
Orange slices and cinnamon sticks, for garnish
In a pitcher, combine the red wine, orange juice, Tuaca, Punt e Mes, lime juice, limoncello and sugar. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. To serve, fill wine glasses halfway with ice. Add the sangria and garnish each glass with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.
Holidash will have more nationally-themed drink recipes for you as the World Cup approaches. Find them all here!