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Mommy mixologist: Kick back and enjoy the World Cup

Whether your toast is skål, salud or cheers, anyone can mix up these recipes to celebrate their favorite team in the World Cup.

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The victory dance

A few of these will have you shaking what your mama gave you before the end of the game.

1 ounce Smirnoff vodka

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao (or triple sec)

3/4 ounce lemon juice

Shake well with ice and strain into cocktail glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Mix tip: This drink is quite tart. Add another ounce of Blue Curaco to even it out.

Dempsey cocktail

Texan Clint Dempsey’s goal in the match against England last Saturday spurred me to find a drink with his namesake.

1 ounce apple brandy

1 ounce gin

1 teaspoon anise liqueur

1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail from the source given below. and i know that’s the source, because it has the same mistake.

Mix tip: This is a very strong drink and you really have to like the flavor of anise (licorice) to enjoy it. Topping it off with some Sprite in a taller glass makes a huge difference in the taste.

Penalty kick

You don’t have to be a soccer player to take a shot. This one is creamy and dangerously easy to take.

1 ounce Jägermeister

1/4 ounce Baileys Irish Cream

1/4 ounce crème de cacao (optional)

1/4 ounce peach or watermelon schnapps

Dash(es) grenadine

Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients except grenadine. Shake and strain into a shot or a rocks glass. Add a dash of grenadine.

Mix tip: Don’t let the Jägermeister scare you off. It blends nicely with the other ingredients.

Around the world

All of the flavors in this cocktail will take you there and back in less than 80 days.

3/4 ounce dark rum

1/4 ounce cognac

1 1/4ounces orange juice

1 ounce sour mix

1/4 ounce Crème de Noyaux (almond liqueur)

8 ounces crushed ice

Pour all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a wine goblet.

Mix tip: Add 2 more ounces of orange juice and an ounce more of sour mix for a sweeter, less powerful drink.

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This drink, which includes Brazil’s native spirit cachaça (distilled from sugar-cane juice), is a perfect way to toast one of the greatest players of the game.

2 ounces Leblon Cachaça

2 ounces Maguary passion fruit juice (I substituted Jumex papaya-pineapple nectar.)

2 ounces simple syrup

1 ounce Myers’s rum

Pour cachaça followed by passion fruit juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour in a rocks glass and float rum on top. Garnish with lime.

Mix tip: If you can’t drink fast enough to keep this drink from warming up too quickly, add some crushed ice to keep it cold while you sip.

Photos: Heather Witherspoon