Summer Games Sips

Serve one of these refreshing Brazilian cocktails while you watch the Games.

Yes, the Rio games have been riddled with controversy. But does that diminish the joy of watching athletes from all over the world experiencing the greatest moment of their lives in an extraordinary country? No, it does not. Like many of you, I'll be tuning in to watch the opening ceremonies and key events for the pure pleasure of seeing all of that ambition, all that grit and all that global togetherness in a time we surely need it.

Cheer on your favorite athletes and serve up a little taste of Brazil with one of these refreshing, summertime-right cocktails, whether you are hosting a party or just enjoying a little downtime with friends and family.

Caipirinha

Caipirinha

Caipirinha

It may be Brazil’s national cocktail, but Americans have definitely caught on to this refreshing drink that is actually made from a unique spirit known as cachaça (made from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is then distilled). Add some sugar and lime, and you have yourself a delightful beverage with a kick.

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©iStockphoto.com/ivanmateev

The national cocktail of Brazil, and a kissing cousin of the mojito, the caipirinha is a blend of lime, sugar and the Brazilian distilled spirit cachaça, made from raw sugarcane. Find a refreshing recipe from Bobby Flay for this unique summer cocktail on our sister site, Food Network. 

Frozen Waterberry Batida

Frozen Waterberry Batida

Frozen Waterberry Batida

Off to Brazil and the land of cachaca, a liquor made from distilled sugar-cane juice. This frozen cocktail tops the cachaca with strawberries and watermelon, the perfect fruity drink for your next spring or summer gathering.

Cachaça is once again the star in this wonderful cocktail that blends summer-ripe watermelon and strawberries into something like an adult smoothie.

Berry Brazilian

Berry Brazilian Cocktail

Berry Brazilian Cocktail

This delicious cocktail gets a little sweetness and style from muddled summer strawberries.

Diced strawberries, cachaça and agave nectar add up to a light, bright cocktail.

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