By Nora Walsh
June 24, 2014

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.