UN World Cup Cocktail Guide: Manhattans for USA, Weissen Sours for Belgium


A 'Manhattan' cocktail

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A ‘Manhattan’ cocktail

The North Delegates’ Lounge, the bar and cafe inside the United Nations headquarters in New York, has unveiled new drink specials customized to mark this week’s round of 16 matches at the World Cup in Brazil.

Here’s the latest menu, mailed today by Rudy Lasher, bar manager:

For today’s match at Noon  Eastern time between France and Nigeria, $5 mimosas (one part champagne and one part citrus fruit juice) and Chapmans will be sold. Ironically, the key ingredient in the signature Nigerian cocktail is Angostura Bitters, the botanically infused mixture with 44.7 percent alcohol content which was first produced in the Angostura, Venezuela.

For Germany versus Switzerland  at 4 p.m. Eastern, $5 Hugo cocktails and Coctel Algerias will be served. The Hugo, which is northern Italian in origin yet is served in many bars in southern Germany during the summer, is a mixture of prosecco, splash of elderflower syrup, mint leaves and a slice of lime. A Coctel Algeria is a mix of pisco brandy, Cointreau orange liquer, apricot brandy and orange juice.

Nigerian and Algerian diplomats at the UN are not expected to imbibe these cocktails, as the Muslim month of fasting Ramadan began two days ago. About half of the 177 million Nigerians and 99 percent of Algeria’s 38 million are Muslim, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.

Tomorrow the lounge will serve Fernet con Cola for Argentina supporters, and Champagne St. Moritz for those rooting for Switzerland. Later tomorrow, Team USA supporters can drink $5 Manhattans while their Belgian counterparts enjoy Weissen Sours — a beer cocktail featuring bourbon, orange bitters and marmalade, white ale and lemon juice with syrup.

If none of these custom cocktails sound appealing, a selection of $4 imported beers and $5 house wines are also available.


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