World Cup mania is in full swing! A country that rarely shows interest in soccer is now crowding bars and restaurants around the city to catch the action. Maybe it's for the sake of feeling part of all or maybe it's because we're truly engulfed with pride for the red, white, and blue. One thing we're sure plays a big part? Booze.
Places around town are capitalizing on heightened big screen demand with an array of food and drink specials. Edge Steak & Bar is no exception. This popular spot located inside the Four Seasons has transformed a private event space across from the main restaurant into Edge Copa Lounge, a soccer den with multiple TVs, plenty of seating, foosball tables, and a full bar.
While you can opt for Heineken (a sponsor) or a more enticing seasonal craft beer, we suggest going authentic and choosing a made-to-order caipirinha from the Leblon Cachaça cart. After all, it's the national drink of Brazil.
As simple as a mojito, a caipirinha can easily be made at home. We enlisted Edge bartender Edwin Sierra to give us a step-by-step instruction of how to make this timely drink in five simple steps:
You're going to need a lot of limes.
1: Cut your lime.
For some extra color and flavor, toss in some fruit.
2. Muddle the lime with 1 oz. simple syrup made from boiled sugar and water.
In the mood for something sweet? Add strawberry, blueberry, kiwi, pineapple, or oranges to the mix.
Don't worry if you over pour the cachaça.
3. Pour in 2 oz. of cachaça, Brazil's national distilled spirit.
The taste falls between a rum and a tequila. At Edge, they use Leblon Cachaça, one of the two most popular brands.
Bartender Edwin Sierra shows us how it's done.
This portable cart brings the caipirinhas to you.
5: Serve and enjoy!
Do as the Germans do and opt for a brat cooked in beer ($7).
After a couple caipirinhas, chances are you're going to get hungry. Edge's Copa Lounge has speciality menu items representing different countries, like slow-smoked BBQ pork ribs from the good 'ol USA, chicken and queso empanadas representing Colombia, and house-made bratwurst for Germany.
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The Edge Copa Lounge is open for every game and includes reduced valet parking with validation ($10 for up to three hours). Thankfully, Edge serves these drinks all year long, but do as the Brazilians do and try this "mojito of the moment" today.
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