June 12, 2014 01:17 PM

Gaby Dalkin/What's Gaby Cooking

What’s the best way to cheer your favorite team at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil? Drink in hand, of course!

And we can think of no better cocktail to imbibe than the Caipirinha, national cocktail of Brazil — yes, Brazil has a national cocktail.

One of our favorite summer drinks, caipirinhas are the most refreshing combination of lime juice, sugar, and cachaça. Think of it like a sweet, boozy, limeade. Who wouldn’t want to drink that? Even if Brazil isn’t your team, raise a glass to their home field advantage. Not that they need it, they’ve won more World Cup titles than any other team in the history of the tournament.

Ready to shake up your own caipirinha? Try this recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking. It includes a splash of sparkling water, which means you can day drink while watching the games without getting too sleepy. Olé!

Classic Caipirinhas 

Makes 2

1 lime, quartered

4 tsp. white sugar

4 oz. cachaça

Sparkling water

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the quartered limes and sugar. Muddle until all the juice is extracted from the limes and mixed with the sugar.

2. Add the cachaça and a few ice cubes and secure the shaker lid. Shake for 30 seconds.

3. Pour the cocktail into two ice-filled glasses and top with sparkling water.

Kristin Appenbrink

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