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Cocktails to get you through the EURO 2024 final

Cocktails to get you through the EURO 2024 final
Cocktails to get you through the EURO 2024 final

Cocktails to get you through the EURO 2024 final
The European Championship final will take place this Sunday, July 14th.

Football (or soccer, if you’re across the pond) can evoke a wide range of emotions in avid fans and casual viewers alike. As a lifelong Manchester United fan, the last few years have been a slight improvement on the previous decade.

Apart from league football, nothing brings people together (or stirs their competitive spirit) like international football. Football fans across Europe have felt this particularly acutely in recent weeks during the build-up to the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, better known as ‘Euros’.

So far in the tournament, defending champions Italy have been eliminated 2-0 by Switzerland, France have conceded two own goals and (much to our delight) England have struggled to make it to the semi-finals.

In preparation for the Euro 2024 final this Sunday, July 14, I’m going to share a few cocktails to help you cope with the emotions of the first 90 minutes and then extra time. Hopefully not the penalty shootout.

Anticipation – The Daiquiri

Prepare for the European Championship final with a refreshing Daiquiri.

There’s no better cocktail to get things going than a daiquiri. In the run-up to that Euro 2016 game you’re watching (hopefully England will still be there at the time), nothing beats a wonderfully fresh and tart combination of rum, sugar and lime juice.

It’s easy to make, easy to drink, and you can make large batches so everyone can drink as much as they want. You can also be very experimental with the rum in this drink. I prefer classic white rum to something that’s 12 to 15 years old. Feel free to experiment a bit to find your taste.

Daiquiri Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) of your favorite rum
  • 30 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sugar syrup
  • Ice cubes

Equipment:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Sieve
  • Coupe glass (or any other preferred glass)

Instructions:

  1. Pour rum, lime juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice cubes. The ice should fill the shaker about three-quarters full.
  3. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes cold, usually about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain into a coupe glass and serve.

Elation – The Mint Julep

The first icy sip of beer is a true joy for most people in the world. But for me, the greatest joy is the first sip of an ice cold Mint Julep. A simple mix of bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaves and crushed ice is a real treat in warm weather. It’s also the perfect cocktail to celebrate when your Euro team scores an unexpected equalizer.

The Mint Julep takes a little longer to make than many other cocktails. You’ll need to muddle mint, pile crushed ice on top, and have a special glass ready to serve it in. But just like the reason you’re celebrating, the end result is 100% worth the time you spend on it.

Mint Julep Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sugar syrup
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig (for garnish)

Equipment:

  • Julep cup (or any other sturdy cup)
  • Pestle or wooden spoon
  • Cocktail spoon

Instructions:

  1. Place 8-12 mint leaves in the bottom of your julep cup. Add 1 oz of sugar syrup and 2 oz of bourbon to the cup. Gently muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup and bourbon. Be careful not to crush the mint; just press it down to release the oils into the liquid.
  2. Taste the mixture to make sure the mint flavor is well infused. Adjust the sweetness if needed by adding a little more sugar syrup.
  3. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice. Stir the mixture with a cocktail spoon to chill and dilute the drink.
  4. Continue adding crushed ice, stirring occasionally, until the cup is full and a small mound of ice forms on top.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint. To enhance the mint flavor, gently smash the mint sprig between your hands before placing it on the iceberg. Serve and enjoy.

Fear – The Negroni

The Negroni is the perfect way to ease your nerves while watching the 2024 European Championship final.

One of the best ways to refocus on the game is with the stunning mix of Campari, red vermouth and gin.

When the defenders are constantly passing backwards, the strikers think they are midfielders and your Euro team is barely able to organize an attack at the crucial moments, a nice glass of ice-cold Negroni is the best thing to bring you back to reality and drive the stress out of your brain.

The bitterness of the Campari is a useful thing to bring you back down to earth. The gin offers gentle floral notes that should be very soothing, and then most of it gets better with red vermouth, which adds a fruity, oaky note.

Negroni recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) of your favorite gin
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Campari
  • 1 oz (30 ml) red vermouth (keep refrigerated to keep fresh)
  • Ice (preferably a large ice cube)
  • Orange or lemon peel (for garnishing)

Equipment:

  • Old fashioned glass (or a mixing bowl if desired)
  • Measuring cup or measuring tool
  • Stirring spoon

Instructions:

  1. Decide whether you want to prepare the cocktail directly in the glass or in a mixing bowl.
    In the glas: Place a large ice cube in an old fashioned glass. In a blender:Fill the jug with ice cubes.
  2. Measure out 1 oz gin, 1 oz Campari and 1 oz red vermouth.
  3. If using a glass, pour the gin, Campari and vermouth over the ice cubes. If using a shaker, pour the gin, Campari and vermouth over the ice cubes and stir until well chilled.
  4. Stir the ingredients gently with a mixing spoon until the mixture is well chilled. Taste the cocktail to make sure it is to your liking.
  5. If using a blender, pour the chilled mixture into an old fashioned glass over a fresh large ice cube.
  6. Cut a wide peel from an orange or lemon. Twist the peel over the drink to release the oils, then add it to the glass. Serve and enjoy.

Frustration – Absolute stress

The final minutes of the Euro final will keep you glued to the screen, so you’ll probably want a stress-free cocktail for this part of the game. Luckily, this one is super easy to make. Add several ingredients to a shaker, strain over ice in a chilled glass, and you’re good to go, my friend.

Absolute stress recipe

You will need 1 ounce of each of the following:

  • Vodka.
  • Dark rum
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Orange juice.
  • Cranberry juice

You can be creative and replace the rum with another type, use more cranberry juice instead of orange juice, etc. But this is a nice and simple drink to heal whatever you may be feeling in moments of intense physical exertion.

Disappointment – ​​A strong sip of your favorite liquor

I know it’s not a cocktail, but when you’re knocked out of the tournament by a tough penalty shootout, I don’t think you have the patience or the composure to mix a cocktail, whether it’s elaborate or not.

Grab a glass, something deep, and just pour. Grab a bottle of something good, or something you want to destroy (just like your team’s chances of winning the Euros), and take a big gulp. That should ease the disappointment and make all the intensity of a domestic tournament fade for another two years. The 2026 World Cup can come.

Cheers – The Batanga

Since I’ve developed a great love for all things agave in my life, this is the perfect recipe to celebrate everything, literally everything.

A simple mix of tequila, Coca-Cola, lime juice and salt. A great, easy and cheerful cocktail to celebrate the final whistle with all your friends and family (and if your team is winning… go England!)

The Batanga recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime slice
  • Flake salt
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 oz (60 ml) of your favorite tequila (preferably reposado)
  • 120–180 ml Coca Cola
  • Additional lime slice (for garnish)

Equipment:

  • High glass
  • Measuring cup or measuring tool

Instructions:

  1. Take a tall glass and rub the rim with a lime slice. Roll the rim of the glass in flake salt to coat it. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  2. Measure 2 ounces of tequila and pour it over the ice in the glass. Pour 4-6 ounces of Coca-Cola into the glass and top up with tequila.
  3. Squeeze a slice of lime over the drink and let the slice float on top of the drink. Enjoy!

The final of the 2024 European Championship

France versus Spain, England versus the Netherlands. Who will emerge victorious?

The semi-finals of Euro 2024 are just around the corner. Tonight at 8pm BST, Spain and France will battle it out for a place in the final. Watch on the BBC.

The winner will face either England or the Netherlands, depending on the outcome of tomorrow’s match between the two sides, which also kicks off at 8pm BST and will be streamed on ITV.

The all-important final will then take place on Sunday 14 July at 20:00 BST. You can stream it on the BBC.

It’s safe to say that everyone in the UK will be biting their nails in anticipation. Will it finally come home? Who knows.

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