It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
The Olympics are upon us, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be spending the next two weeks drooling over swimmers’ bodies, re-creating gymnastic routines in your living room to disastrous results and wondering if it isn’t too late to devote yourself to the sport of synchronized swimming in time for the next Olympic Games.
The Olympics are also a great excuse to have friends over to watch your favorite competition and imbibe in a cocktail or two. Since themed menus are a great way to turn simply getting drunk during the day into a festive celebration, we’ve gathered some of our favorite national cocktails from all over the world so you can root for your favorite country while sipping a patriotic cocktail.
English Breakfast Cocktail – Gin infused with English breakfast tea? Orange marmalade? An egg white? Yes. This drink is delicious, we promise. Extra points for sipping with your pinky raised and using your best/worst British accent.
Classic Pimms Cup – A refreshing, fruity cocktail that uses ginger ale, lemonade and cucumber.
Dubonnet Cocktail – A simple but bright cocktail that’s a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Jake Walk – The signature cocktail of the Brooklyn bar of the same name. Spiked with elderflower liqueur and Peychaud’s bitters, the “Jake Walk” refers to the permanent effects the base ingredient would have on the gait of those unlucky enough to get hooked on the stuff. Don’t worry, though, this cocktail won’t give you a limp, unless you consume too many.
Cava Royale – The name sounds fancy and the color is sophisticated and elegant. Don’t tell anyone how easy it is to make, and your friends will think you’re a world-class cocktailian.
Negroni – This classic take on the Americano, using gin along with Campari and sweet vermouth, will make the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie – ya know, if you’re into that sorta thing.
Bellini – Bellinis: not just an excuse to drink at breakfast anymore! Plus who can say “no” to a cocktail comprised of peaches and bubbly? Crazy people, that’s who.
Caipirinha – Brazil has a national cocktail, which is awesome. Made from sugar cane rum, sugar and lime, the Caipirinha has gained popularity lately, and it can be found in many fancy cocktail bars – and now at your Olympics party!
Yuzu Julep – Leave it to the Japanese to take the classic bourbon- and mint-based Kentucky Derby-famed cocktail and make it better by using Japanese whiskey and yuzu (a citrus fruit). Created by the famed Yuri Kato who devoted an entire book to Japanese cocktails. Domo Arigato, Mrs. Kato.
Japanese Cocktail – We love any cocktail that gives us an excuse to use orgeat, a delicious and sweet almond liqueur.
Old Fashioned – Consisting of sugar and bitters, along with an alcohol and a twist of citrus, the Old Fashioned is arguably the “cocktail” in its purest form. Learn to make a perfect Old Fashioned and your friends will follow you anywhere.
Mint Julep – Serve in a traditional silver or pewter vessel to impress your friends and stick with the Olympics theme. Or serve them in plastic cups. We won’t judge.
Manhattan – Bourbon, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Screw the gold medal. This cocktail is all the reward we need – also a cherry on top.
We hope we’ve given you enough recipes to keep your spirits high while cheering on your favorite country. Perhaps after a Negroni or three you’ll finally land that couch dismount backflip you’ve been working on since you were a kid.
Or maybe you should just stick to gawking at those swimmers.