Team Spirits! Olympic-themed Cocktails
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At the end of July the XXX Summer Olympics will get underway in London and even the airline industry is gearing up for the games in a festive way. Mix and enjoy the Olympic Games with a metallic glow!
- 1.5 Ounces Jack Daniel's Whisky in a tall glass with ice
- 3 Ounces ginger ale
- 1 lemon wedge garnish
- 1.5 Ounces el Jimador Blanco Tequila in a rocks glass with ice
- 3 Ounces grapefruit soda
- Pinch of salt
- squeeze of lime & garnish with a lime wedge
- 1.5 Ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon in a rocks glass with ice
- splash of club soda
Clash of the Cocktails: Team-Themed Drinks for the Big Game
We love a good food feud and for this year’s game, Boston and Philadelphia fans are getting serious about their respective stomping grounds. Both cities are banning each other’s signature dishes ahead of the big game, according to news reports. A park in Boston has even extended its ban beyond cheesesteak to all Philly-based foods including Philadelphia brand cream cheese and Crisco. No surprise, as these fans take their fandom very seriously.
Because of their devotion, we’re offering one more food-based battle— in the name of team spirit, of course. We’ve concocted two signature drinks perfect for Game Day: the Eagle’s Nest (left) and a Patriotic Sparkler (right). Just don’t expect these cocktails to make fans feel warm and fuzzy inside. Tensions are running high. Tom Brady is playing to maintain his winning streak (he’s never lost a Super Bowl with the Patriots), while the Eagle’s backup QB Nick Foles hopes to lead the team to its first Super Bowl win, ever. No pressure.
If your team didn’t make it all the way this season, whip up a consolation cocktail. We’ve got one for every team in the NFL.
The French 75
We at The Manual have written before about our love for the French 75 and its masterful blend of gin and Champagne. As it happens, this fizzy brunch hero became especially popular during the Prohibition era … albeit in Paris, where American expats like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway could drink to their hearts’ content without any pesky government interference.
“The French 75 was a Roaring s classic made with gin, champagne, and lemon. [It’s] what I might call a ‘bare bones’ cocktail, meaning [that] it’s a very simple cocktail with simple ingredients. So it’s important to use quality ingredients to really let it shine,” explains bartender Julian Flores of Bar Henry in Los Angeles.
Flores likes to adhere to a classic French 75 recipe when mixing this beverage, but he’s very particular about his base spirit and choice of bubbly: “Although [French 75s are] classically made with London dry gin, I like to use Amass Gin. Still a ‘dry’ gin, Amass has a softer and more floral palate that I think creates a more delicate and interesting cocktail. To help balance the softness of the gin, I use a Méthode Champenoise sparkling Vouvray. Specifically, Domain Pinon Brut de Brut. This sparkling wine has high acid that elevates the gin, [along with] a proper amount of breadiness that holds up to the citrus.”
Mango cocktails are a favorite in Thailand and blenders are standard tools to mix them up. In the mango passion recipe, the fruit and vodka combination is treated with a couple of intriguing companions. The sweetener of choice is maple syrup and the frozen drink is topped with sparkling wine. You can even skip the vodka and use sparkling water for a tasty nonalcoholic version.
9 Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
St. Patrick’s Day is defined by a few things here in America: beer (usually Guinness), drinks (usually Jameson), and all green everything. Sometimes these things mix in a bad way, like with green beer. This year, though, switch things up in a delicious way and drink green St. Patrick’s Day cocktails.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best tasting, fun, and downright enviable St. Patrick’s Day-themed cocktails. Sláinte!
The Irish Mule
Photo via Fox and Briar
We all know the Moscow Mule. Some might even say it’s one of the most overrated and over- ordered drinks at the bar. Switch it up with Irish whiskey like Fox and Briar did, though, and you’ve got a whiskey lover’s dream: the Irish Mule.
Luck of the Irish Shots
Photo via Real Housemoms
Put down the Jameson and pickle juice. If you want a real green shot, try Real House Moms’ Luck of the Irish Shots. It’s sweet minty green thanks to Andes mints, perfect for sweet tooths and shot-lovers alike.
The Irish Maid
Photo via This Worthey Life
This drink has all the right stuff: Jameson, St. Germain, lemon, honey, and, wait for it, cucumber. Make This Worthey Life’s Irish Maid in batches before your night out, and you won’t be sorry.
Photo via Mantitlement
Sometimes nothing but a cocktail in some nice stemware will do. If you’re in the St. Patrick’s Day mood as well as a nice cocktail mood, you’re going to want the Baileys Martini from Mantitlement. It’s straight alcohol, just like a martini should be.
Photo via Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm describes this gorgeous Drunken Leprechaun as a drink that can change your mind about whiskey. It’s a little complicated to make with a Guinness Reduction simple syrup, but it’s oh so worth it.
Irish Jello Shots
Photo via Hoosier Homemade
Jello shots are only appropriate for specific times in specific places. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those times, and anywhere you’re at on St. Patrick’s Day is one of those places. Get ready for the night out with these Irish flag-themed Jello shots from Hoosier Homemade.
The Nutty Irishman
Photo via The Suburban Soapbox
You’re going to need a drink after you finish your St. Patrick’s Day dinner (corned beef, anyone?). Make it the Nutty Irishman from The Suburban Soapbox. It’s a delicious Irish coffee drink (no, not that Irish Coffee) with Frangelico, Bailey’s, Kahlua, and coffee.
Photo via Pretty Plain Janes
A safe bet on drinks is anything with sparkling wine in it — even on St. Patrick’s Day. The Sparkling Shamrock from Pretty Plain Janes is a mix of Midori melon liqueur, honeydew, and dry Champagne. The perfect aperitif for a day of green everything.
Photo via Mix That Drink
Shamrock Juice is green through and through, but it tastes like orange-flavored heaven and is strong as hell. Mix That Drink mixes gin, vodka, rum, tequila, and blue curaçao for a Shamrock Juice that you should probably only have one of.
Take it slow and go low. As with a cocktail (and you’re essentially making a giant cocktail, with less control), bigger is not necessarily better. While a high-proof spirit will infuse faster, it’s harder to control and will start to drag out bitter flavors. A good rule is to go low and slow—i.e., start with a spirit between 40 and 100 proof, kept at a temperature between 46 and 64ºF for two to 48 hours. Think about the relationship between proof and temperature as an equalizer: If you dial up one, lower the other. For example, if using 100-proof spirit, try infusing in a cold, dark room for four hours.
Be safe. Creating a concentration of compounds in seemingly safe, everyday items can go wrong if you aren’t careful. For example, thyme, sage, citrus, cloves and peppercorns can all become very dangerous when concentrated at high temperatures, in high proof booze and/or for long periods of time. Your senses are excellent guides if it tastes too bitter, don’t risk it if it has mold or smells rancid, ditch it.
Don’t forget to filter. Many compounds will “precipitate” (i.e., become hazy) over time, which can ruin the appearance and scupper the longevity of your infusion. Muslin cloth will take most bits out, but be sure to filter more than once.
Keep it cool. Once you’ve filtered and bottled your infusion, store it in the fridge to ensure longevity.
15 Cocktail Recipes To Celebrate The Summer Olympics
Even if your team doesn't win a gold medal, these drinks certainly will.
If you can't be in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, there are still plenty of ways to cheer on your favorite teams stateside. Namely, with a cocktail from Deckopedia's International Mixology series, which are infused with the spirit of countries competing from across the globe.
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1 oz. Fresh Strawberry Juice
1. Mix all ingredients in a Boston Shaker.
2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
3. Strain into a Collins Glass with no ice.
4. Garnish with a strawberry on a cocktail skewer.
From the 1955 Tragos Magicos, by the famed bartender from Argentina, Pichin.
3 Freshly Cut Lime Wedges
1. Muddle lime wedges in a Boston Shaker.
2. Add all other ingredients, add ice and shake vigorously.
3. Dump content of shaker into a Double Old Fashioned Glass.
Cachaça is the most popular distilled beverage in Brazil. In Portuguese, Caipirinha means "little countryside drink."
1 oz. Orgeat Syrup (Almond Syrup)
1&frasl2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
10 drops Orange Blossom Water
1. In the Boston Shaker, add all ingredients and dry shake (without ice) for 5 seconds.
2. Add ice and shake again.
3. Fine strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass.
4. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.
Recipe was first published in Bottom's Up in 1951 by Ted Saucier. The recipe book has become a classic not only for the recipes, but also the soft-core pornography aspects.
3&frasl4 oz. Chinese 5 Spice Syrup
3&frasl4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1. Mix all ingredients in a Boston Shaker.
3. Strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass.
4. Garnish with star anise pod on top.
11&frasl2 oz. Lavender Infused Grey Goose Vodka
3&frasl4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1. Mix all ingredients except Club Soda in a Boston Shaker.
3. Strain into a Collins Glass filled with fresh ice.
4. Top with Club Soda, and stir to incorporate.
5. Garnish with two lavender sprigs and a lemon twist.
3&frasl4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1. In the Boston Shaker, muddle the basil, syrup, and juice.
2. Add the gin and shake vigorously.
3. Fine strain into an ice-filled Double Old
4. Garnish with fresh basil sprig.
Created by Jörg Meyer at le Lion Bar in Hamburg, this cocktail is gorgeous. Enjoy this wonderful drink on hot summer days but also in the fall around campfires. It is simple and elegant, based on the traditional whiskey smash.
1&frasl4 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1. Mix all ingredients in the large metal portion of Boston Shaker.
2. Add ice and rock back and forth in another large metal portion of Boston Shaker.
3. Strain into a Cocktail Glass.
4. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
This drink is said to have been created by the Prince of Wales himself, Albert Edward, son of Queen Victoria. He had a lot of free time as his mother was in charge, so it is said he spent frequent time in bars. Spend enough time in bars and people think you work there. He took it one step further!
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How to Host a Great Summer Olympics Theme Party
Ingredients for a great Japanese themed 2020 Olympics celebration?
Plan your party for the opening ceremony, around a favorite Olympic event . or for celebrating the colorful Olympic closing ceremony.
Add to the fun by having guests participate in party games. And, when the party is over, remember to give out the Olympic party favors to send all your guests home happy.
For clever homemade invitations, decorate with Japanese clipart, photos of Olympic athletes, or Olympic rings clip art.
Also be sure to include a front cover headline, such as "Let the Games Begin!" or "You're Invited to the Official Party of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics!"
Also include any special instructions about what guests should bring and, finally, remember to include the where, when, and other RSVP details.
TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPICS PARTY FOOD & DRINKS
It's the summer Olympics in Tokyo, after all, so what better reason to you need to serve up a cool party tray of Japanese sushi! Order it from your local specialty shop or restaurant, or make it yourself with plenty of tips available online for hosting your own Olympic-style sushi party!
Served up with traditional Japanese sticky rice, miso soup, and a traditional cold Japanese beer, a bottle of sake (or other wines that pair perfectly with sushi) and you're sure to win gold in Olympic party hosting.
For the kids, don't forget to serve bottled water, soda or sports drinks, or think nutritious juices and their favorite fruit drinks.
For dessert, wave the colors with a delicious Olympic ring cake or try this easy recipe for making scrumptious Olympic cookie rings.
Or, if you really want to score with young ones in attendance -- simply buy a box of plain donuts. Make a simple sugar frosting, then go to town with food coloring to make different frostings in the official colors of the Olympic rings.
Kids of all ages will love it.
Browse your favorite music store or Amazon.com for Olympic CD compilations. You can also search the Web for downloadable audio files including the Olympic Hymn, Chariots of Fire, and other rousing inspirational songs.
OLYMPICS PARTY MUSIC PLAYLIST
To celebrate everything Japan, remember their official flag colors are red and white!
Browse a local art shop for posters for Olympic sports posters or a Tokyo travel theme, or scour your closets for swimming gear, tennis rackets, soccer balls, or other summer sports gear you can use as decorations.
Also consider these Olympics party decorating tips:
• Make a table centerpiece of flags from different countries to celebrate the Olympics as a truly international competition.
• Cut out and color 5 Olympic cardboard rings to hang from the ceiling, or decorate with balloons in the official Olympic colors.
• Keep little ones busy by letting them decorate with stickers made from sports clipart or Olympics coloring pages to hang around the party room to serve as decorations.
How about a rousing game of Name That Olympic Tune! (see Olympic Party Music, above). For other fun group games, try a 2020 Summer Olympics trivia quiz, or arrange a scavenger hunt to find Olympic Gold - such as chocolate candy wrapped in gold foil.
Send happy guests home with goodie bags made up of Olympic sports posters or Olympic music CD's, international flags or stickers, and homemade spray-painted "gold medals".
More Olympic Party Ideas around the Web:
How to Host an Amazing Olympics Party - Check out fun, creative ideas for Olympic themed party snacks, food and drink, music mixes, homemade decorations, and more for a memorable DIY party.
Let the Games Begin! 20 Olympic Party Ideas - Here's the big collection of party foods, decorations and at least one makeup tutorial gathered from various sources around the web.
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