Petra invited guests into her Amsterdam flat last weekend, served them an incredible dinner and showed them her art. Each course was paired with a handpicked glass of wine. Petra has another event this Saturday, book here.
Alessandro offered up three champagnes to some lucky guests earlier this week in Brussels, all hailing from “Maison” one of the most prestigious regions Epernay (the land of champagne). These amazing wines were accompanied with three delicious dishes chosen with matching the flavors in mind! Thanks to Ina for the great photos!
As much as we love football, we love cocktails even more, and what would a big win be without a celebratory cocktail? We can’t tell you who will come out on top of each World Cup group, but what we can tell you is which cocktails dominate! We surveyed the Bookalokal team and a handful of cocktail connoisseurs to determine the premier party drink from each group. We’ll see how the strength of their cocktails correlates with a team’s ability to win games.
Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon
Winner: The Caipirinha from Brazil
While Croatia and Cameroon aren’t especially know for their cocktails, it was an incredibly close match between Mexico’s tequila and mezcal based drinks and Brazilian’s national beverage, the sour Caiparinah. In the end, the Brazilian booze came out on top due to its classic simplicity and sour kick.
Netherlands, Chile, Australia, Spain
Winner: Sangria from Spain
It was a close call between the Chilean Pisco Sour and Spain’s ubiquitous Sangria, but in the end, Sangria took the win because of its versatility and refreshing quality. Try this recipe for a peach sangria.
Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Japan, Greece
Winner: Ouzo from Greece
We chose Ouzo for the win in this group. Ouzo is an anise-flavored Greek spirit, it’s traditionally mixed with water, which changes the color from clear to milky white. It can also be mixed with lemon for a citrusy cocktail.
Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay
Winner: Negroni from Italy
You can’t go wrong with a Negroni. This Italian aperitif was first concocted in Florence in 1919 but it remains popular in Italy and abroad. It’s bitter and easy to whip up – simply combine equal parts Campari, gin and red vermouth.
France, Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras
Winner: The French Blonde from France
We chose The French Blonde because this little known cocktail needs a lot more recognition. A mix of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, gin and White Lillet are topped off with fresh squeeze grapefruit juice to make up this zingy drink. This simple, sour cocktail was the clear winner of the group. Find a recipe here.
Argentina, Iran, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Winner: Malbec from Argentina
While Malbec is not a cocktail, you can use it to make a Mulled Argento. Traditionally a French wine varietal, Malbec has surged in popularity in Argentina. The grapes have an inky dark color and robust tannins. This one was an easy win for Argentina, considering the rest of the countries in the group don’t really dabble in cocktails.
Germany, USA, Ghana, Portugal
Winner: An Old-Fashioned from the US
The USA may not have the strongest football team in the world but they do have an incredibly strong cocktail culture. As an homage to America’s rich cocktail history, we’ve chosen the Old-Fashioned (the original cocktail, first documented in 1806) as the winning drink.
Belgium, Korea, Russia, Algeria
Winner: Belgian Trappist Beer from Belgium
Ok, ok, we know that beer isn’t a cocktail but we are going to make an exception here because we think Belgian Trappist beer beats a White Russian or glass of Soju any day.
Kalliope puts a modern twist on traditional Greek food by substituting meat with flavorful alternatives. She hosted a delicious lunch for four last week featuring Stuffed Vine Leaves with Greek Yogurt Dip, Moussaka, Bruschetta and Apricot Preserves with Sweet Ice Cream. This was Bookalokal’s first supper in Athens but it certainly won’t be our last! Book Kalliope’s meal here.