World Cup 2014 is heating up in Rio de Janeiro and Belmond Copacabana Palace has added its own spice to the mix. The iconic hotel’s new pan-Asian restaurant MEE, fronted by celebrity chef Ken Hom, has created a beguiling concoction that’s casting a spell on World Cup fans.
The “Mandinga” cocktail is a seductive blend of Cachaça (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice) and cashew juice with a dash of hazelnut and mandarin liqueurs. MEE hopes this touch of Afro-Brazilian magic will carry the Seleção squad to their sixth World Cup trophy. Brazil may not have invented soccer, but they are known for perfecting it. Saúde!
Mandinga Cocktail Recipe:
- 1.5 fl. oz. Leblon Cachaça
- ¼ fl. oz. Frangelico liqueur
- ¼ fl. oz. Mandarinetto liqueur
- 1 fl. oz. cashew juice
- ¼ fl. oz. lemon juice
- ¼ fl. oz. sugar syrup
Nora Walsh is Travel + Leisure's Latin America correspondent.