Let the Games Begin: 2012 Olympics Inspired Cocktails
By Fabiana Santana
London’s calling. Calling you to have a cocktail party, that is! What better way to celebrate Team USA and all the athletes of the Olympic Games than to have a viewing party. Hotels like the Four Seasons in London are getting into the spirit with menu options like the Gold Rush (a martini made with gold flake-infused vodka, Lillet Blanc and rhubarb liquor), the Silver Shot (fresh cucumber muddled with gin and lavender sugar) and the Bronze Booster (a burnt-orange mix of dry sherry, Cinzano Orancio, vermouth and orange bitters). Inspired by the five rings of the Olympics icon, bartenders at the American Bar in London created The Unity: a boozed up five ingredient punch made with Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice, chamomile tea, celery bitters and lemon-sage syrup and served in a tea pot. Won’t find yourself in the UK any time soon? No worries, governor! We’ve got great recipes to help you get your cheer on!
Created by Chef Todd English
- 1 Orange Segment
- 3-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
- 3 ounce Vodka
- 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
- 1/4 ounce Chilean Extra Virgin Olive Oil (CEVOO)
In a shaker, muddle orange segment and basil leaves. Add vodka, Cointreau, dry vermouth, simple syrup and CEVOO then add ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and float a drop of CEVOO over the top.
Inspired by all of the dedicated Olympians who have trained oh-so-early in the morning, the Early Riser cocktail is the perfect drink to sip… while you watch their hard work pay off from the comfort of your sofa:
- 1-1/2 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo
- 1/2 oz. Jumbie Coconut Splash
- 1 oz. fresh mango juice
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
Pour ingredients into an iced filled shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries and orange slices.
Or, take a shot of patriotism – literally – with the Red, White and Blue Shooter:
Shot by Oliver Streckeisen
- 1/5 oz. grenadine
- 2/3 oz. Molinari Sambuca Extra
- 1/3 oz. blue curaçao
- 1/3 oz. Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Vodka
Build ingredients in order in shot glass.
Created by Scott Fitgerald from NYC’s Mulberry Project
- 1 1/2 ounces Brugal Extra Dry Rum
- 3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4 ounce Honey Syrup
- 2 Clementines
- 4 Basil Leaves
Muddle Clementine and Basil. Add Remaining ingredients. Shake and fine strain. Garnish with clementine wedge and basil leaf.
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