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PUBLISHED: 14:18 25 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

AS IPSWICH get ready to face Torpedo Moscow next month in the UEFA Cup here's the chance to get into the spirit of things.

Blues fans at an Ipswich bar have already been brushing up on their Russian by saying Na Zdorowie (that's Cheers to the rest of us) while sampling two special cocktails made to wish the Super Blues the very best in Europe.

AS IPSWICH get ready to face Torpedo Moscow next month in the UEFA Cup here's the chance to get into the spirit of things.

Blues fans at an Ipswich bar have already been brushing up on their Russian by saying Na Zdorowie (that's Cheers to the rest of us) while sampling two special cocktails made to wish the Super Blues the very best in Europe.

The cocktails, called Moscow Blue and Tractor Boys' Torpedo, have been going well already at Bar IV in St Peter's Street with punters keen to try them out ahead of the first leg of the cup tie at Portman Road on September 13.

Assistant manager Rob Bayley, 23, said: "We have lots of different cocktails and are always coming up with new ones.

"The Moscow Blue in particular have been going very well with the female drinkers."

Tractor Boys fan David Camp, 39 of Debenham, who sampled the Moscow Blue instantly gave it the thumbs up.

The cocktail is made up of two vodka shots, one shot of blue Curacao, ginger ale, lime juice and a wedge of lime.

"It tastes really good. As a true blues fan I think it's a great idea," he said.

Bar IV owner Peter Greenland said: "We thought the cocktails would be a great way of saying good luck to our team."

The Tractor Boys' Torpedo, launched at the same time, is made up of two vodka shots, blue Curacao and dry martini.

And as the countdown to what could be the crucial second leg in Russia on September 27 begins, the message to Town fans is that you will not need your woollies just yet.

While Moscow is not exactly renowned for its blazing summers this ice cool capital is not far below our own temperatures for the same time of year.

Ken Blowers, Evening Star weather man said: "It is starting to cool off there but not drastically. "The average temperature will be about 12C (54F) compared to 15C (59F) here in Ipswich, although the nights will be dropping to about 4C (40F).

It seems Ipswich Town made it in the nick of time before the infamous Russian winter kicks in and leaving everyone shivering in its wake.

"They are lucky it wasn't any later as when you get in to November their temperature during the day drops to 2C (35F), this is compared to our own relatively mild 48F," added Mr Blowers.

"It is in December when the temperature really begins to sharpen when day time it reaches only a freezing –4C (24F)."

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