by Jordan Catapano

Team Argentina: The Messi

Arguably one of Argentina’s most popular drinks, a Fernet Branca and Coke is simple to make yet as intense and powerful as the country’s and possibly the world’s most talented soccer player, Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi stated playing soccer at the age of five and was coached by his father until it became apparent that Messi’s talents had outgrown his father’s training expertise. Messi’s athletic abilities were so advanced that at eight years old he joined a team that went undefeated for four years. Now, Messi is a regular player for Fútbol Club Barcelona, and will make another appearance at the World Cup on the Argentina national team.

The Messi
1 tablespoon Pernet Branca
1 can Coke
1 teaspoon grenadine

Directions
Fill a highball with ice. Pour in the Pernet Branca, then add Coke or Diet Coke until it almost reaches the top of the glass. Drizzle in some grenadine and stir the ingredients with a straw or a spoon to mix. Garnish with a lime or cherry if desired and serve.