Bring home the trophy #Argentina! @fifaworldcup #maracana  (at Maracana Stadium)

Bring home the trophy #Argentina! @fifaworldcup #maracana (at Maracana Stadium)

The World Cup Finals have arrived. @fifaworldcup #maracanastadium (at Maracana Stadium)

The World Cup Finals have arrived. @fifaworldcup #maracanastadium (at Maracana Stadium)

Mundial (at Copacabana)

Mundial (at Copacabana)

An Argentine flag that needs a whole city to hold it up. (at FIFA Fan Fest Copacabana Rio de Janeiro 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.)

An Argentine flag that needs a whole city to hold it up. (at FIFA Fan Fest Copacabana Rio de Janeiro 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.)

World Cup Fan Fest (at FIFA Fan Fest Copacabana Rio de Janeiro 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.)

World Cup Fan Fest (at FIFA Fan Fest Copacabana Rio de Janeiro 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.)

Impressive paint job, especially the six-packs! #worldcup #fifafanfest (at Copacabana)

My 15-minutes of World Cup fame!

My third interview of the night…Revenge for 1990 & 2006 Argentina! #worldcup

Oh-my-Messi. We’re going to the final! #worldcup2014 (at FIFA Fan Fest)

Ole ole ole…oh Argentina…

Ole ole ole…oh Argentina…

Let’s go Albiceleste!

Let’s go Albiceleste!

We’ve asked the Pope for a blessing to win. Vamos!

We’ve asked the Pope for a blessing to win. Vamos!

In case it wasn’t clear what team I’m rooting for at World Cup! (at Maracana Stadium)

In case it wasn’t clear what team I’m rooting for at World Cup! (at Maracana Stadium)

It’s raining on Brazil’s parade. Pun intended.

It’s raining on Brazil’s parade. Pun intended.

Magic Cachaça World Cup Cocktail

World Cup 2014 is on fire 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.

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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!

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Here’s the Mandinga Cocktail Recipe to mix up wherever you are in the world:

- 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