Watch Cooking Channel

Patriotic Cocktails for the Olympics

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.

England
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.

Spain
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.

Italy
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.

Brazil
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!

Japan
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.

USA
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.

Tags:

Comments (1342)

  1. book of ra posted 10/10/2013

    Thorn of Girl…

    Great info might be located on this online web site….

  2. web design posted 10/10/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around online and realized…

  3. webcam girl posted 10/10/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  4. gareth pugh menswear posted 10/11/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  5. Arboretum Apartments posted 10/11/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  6. Tumblr article…

    I saw someone writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  7. locksmith seattle downtown posted 10/12/2013

    networking…

    Pinterest is a popular social networking site. So a business can be improved easily by pinterest. Pinterest has many options….

  8. clothing posted 10/12/2013

    fashion…

    Good info. Lucky me I discovered your site by chance (stumbleupon). I have saved it for later!…

  9. ffxiv gil posted 10/13/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Trying to get ahead to finding out extra from you afterward!……

  10. locksmith posted 10/14/2013

    best…

    If you have online shopping facility then social media marketing is the best choice for you….

  11. safe power leveling and gold…

    we can provide that power leveling faster and safe ,welcome to place order on our website…

  12. Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  13. book of ra posted 10/15/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Searching for forward to finding out more from you afterward!……

  14. blazers posted 10/15/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this place…

  15. Likes kaufen posted 10/15/2013

    Looking around…

    I like to browse around the web, regularly I will go to Stumble Upon and follow thru…

  16. 2 minute miracle gel posted 10/15/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  17. blade and soul power leveling posted 10/15/2013

    tera po…

    Location Located 200 miles northwest of Port Moresby, about ten miles from the Gulf of Papua and the Lakekamu River…

  18. www.100d3.com/europe posted 10/17/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a step like this….

  19. plugins posted 10/17/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and accurate info but here I found…

  20. buy saffron extract posted 10/18/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was browsing today I noticed a excellent post concerning…

  21. fast payday loans posted 10/19/2013

    fast business cash advance leads…

    Get fast business cash advance leads on my website…

  22. Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around on the internet and realized…

  23. fotograf Gniezno posted 10/19/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am forever saying that its hard to find quality help, but here is…

  24. tadalafil para mujeres posted 10/20/2013

    rondo houselocator…

    xcgallery gamble swirls manyyears bute htmweb feit….

  25. insurance broker posted 10/20/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and precise information but here I noted…

  26. Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  27. data recovery software posted 10/20/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  28. vidacup posted 10/21/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  29. view more posted 10/21/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    we can provide that power leveling faster and safe ,welcome to place order on our website…

  30. view more posted 10/21/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a subject like this….

  31. Tumblr article…

    I saw someone talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  32. fast cash online posted 10/21/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  33. cleanupclean spirituality…

    damned usein bibliografia baudry consoles crispetunes unexpectedly….

  34. buy facebook likes posted 10/23/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and realized…

  35. xs650 parts posted 10/23/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and found…

  36. instant payday loans posted 10/24/2013

    credit score scale…

    Need information about payday loan and credit score scale? Visit our site!…

  37. methadone clinics in ohio posted 10/24/2013

    Useful information for all…

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you actually realize what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally talk over with my site =). We can have a link change arrangement between us!…

  38. Nice info…

    IЎ¦ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website. Studying this info So iЎ¦m glad to show that I have a very good uncanny feeling I came upon …

  39. applique gemaakt…

    aunque pexesi probe canadianeh parser petesen haggs….

  40. Tampa Auto Detailing posted 10/25/2013

    Digg…

    While checking out DIGG yesterday I found this…

  41. rs 2007 power leveling posted 10/25/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not discovered such a stuff like this….

  42. stop parking posted 10/25/2013

    The Silent Shard…

    This could possibly be rather practical for many of the employment I intend to really don’t only with my blog but…

  43. money posted 10/25/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting info…

  44. seattle locksmith posted 10/25/2013

    customers…

    If increase page rank in a search engine, visitors or customers can go web site and get business information easily when they search via search engine….

  45. firestone credit card…

    Need information about cash loans and firestone credit card? Visit our site!…

  46. stop parking posted 10/26/2013

    The Ships’s Voyages…

    I believe technological know-how just can make it worse. Now there is a channel to under no circumstances treatment, now there won’t be a prospect for them to find….

  47. host checker online posted 10/27/2013

    Woman of Alien…

    Best perform you have performed, this site is absolutely neat with superb details. Time is God’s strategy for holding almost everything from going on simultaneously….

  48. Alphonso…

    nice…

  49. gmat math videos posted 10/27/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    In search of in advance to learning excess from you afterward!……

  50. firefall power leveling posted 10/28/2013

    tera po…

    Location Located 200 miles northwest of Port Moresby, about ten miles from the Gulf of Papua and the Lakekamu River…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c