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Where to Drink Cachaça During World Cup

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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Most people with even a passing knowledge of Brazilian culture know that the caipirinha is the country's national drink. Made with cachaça, a spirit similar to rum, the drink bears some resemblance to a margarita, spiked with sugar and lime.

Some D.C. restaurants normally carry the cocktail; others are getting into the spirit thanks to the World Cup games. Here are several restaurants doing something with cachaça, either going the classic route or experimenting with the liquor, during World Cup season. Not a fan? Make sure to consult Eater's other ideas for World Cup viewing.

The place: Vinoteca
The drink:Vinoteca makes its classic caipirinhas with Belho Barreiro Cachaça, lime and sugar.
The price: $8

The place:Fainting Goat
The drink: Fainting Goat is offering two cachaça-based cocktails during World Cup. Her Name Was Lola is made with Avua Prata Cachaca, VeeV Acai, acai juice, coconut water and chocolate acai berry. The Hand of God, named for a famous 1986 World Cup match, has Avua Amburana Cachaca, Dolin Rouge vermouth, yellow Chartreuse, and edible flowers.
The price:$5/$10

The place:Graffiato/Kapnos/G
The drink: All Mike Isabella restaurants are offering a grapefruit caipirinha during games.
The price:$9

The place:Menu MBK
The drink:Head to the bistro area of Menu MBK for a discounted caipirinha.
The price: $7

The place:El Rey
The drink:Those wearing apparel for the teams playing during World Cup games can get discounts on caipirinhas at the Mexican joint.
The price: $5

The place:DNV
The drink:Want something to cool off? Try the frozen caipirinha at the DNV rooftop.
The price: $12

The place: Clyde's of Gallery Place
The drink:Clyde's is offering several drink specials during World Cup games, among them a traditional caipirinha.
The price: $8

The place: Jaleo
The drink:Jaleo's going the classic route with the Caipirinha cocktail during World Cup. Atmosphere at any of the local Jaleo restaurants should be festive given José Andrés' love of the sport.
The price: $12

The place: Bar Pilar
The drink: Bar Pilar plans to offer an entire World Cup-themed drik menu, and several drinks feature cachaça, like the Ok So I Just Made a Mai Thai With Cachaça, Sue Me I'm Tired (yes, that's the name of it).
The price: $10

The place: Cuba Libre
The drink: Cuba Libre is partnering with the brand Leblon Cachaça on several different World Cup Cocktails including a Reserva Caipirinha, a Lelon mojito, a Carnivale martini and more.
The price: $7

The place: Hogo
The drink: It's no surprise that the rum-centric Hogo would have a Cachaça-based drink on the menu. Try the Hogo Hillside Old Fashioned, with cinnamon syrup, an orange twist and bitters.
The price: $11


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