Posted: Aug 03, 2012 9:00 AM
 
As we near the end of the first week of the Summer Olympics, here's an idea: Enjoy an Olympic-themed cocktail while you watch the games! Put the kids to bed and mix up one (or more) of these five adult beverages and say "cheers!" while you root for your favorite Olympian.

Jamboree punch

Olympic refresher

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounce Beefeater Gin
  • 1 ounce aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 ounce Junmai Ginjo sake
  • 4 cubes of Kirby cucumber
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower cordial
  • Splash of Lillet aromatic vermouth

Directions:

  1. Muddle the cucumber in a mixing glass.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and shake.
  3. Double strain into a martini glass.
  4. Serve with a cucumber wheel.

Vesper Martini

Vesper martini

This drink is said to have been created for James Bond writer Ian Fleming at Duke’s Bar in London. It brings together vodka and gin in a perfect blend. It is also rumored that it was at Duke’s where Ian came up with the line, "Shaken, not stirred."

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Beefeater Gin
  • 1/2 part Absolut vodka
  • 1/4 part Lillet Blanc
  • Lemon peel to garnish

Directions: 

  1. Shake all of the ingredients very well with some ice until extremely chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Add a large, thin slice of lemon peel.

Limmer's punchLimmer's gin punch

This was a punch created by Limmer’s Hotel Bartender John Collins, and was served at Limmer’s Hotel on Conduit Street, Mayfair, London from around 1810. It was the drink that gave birth to the Collins cocktail that we know today.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Beefeater Gin
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1/2 part capillaire (a syrup flavored with orange flowers)
  • Caster sugar **
  • 2 pieces lemon zest/peel
  • 2 parts soda water

Directions:

  1. Muddle the lemon peel and sugar together, and then add all of the other ingredients.
  2. Balance and chill with a large block of ice.

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Your ratio of capillaire to the caster sugar will depend on preference and how strong you make your capillaire, but in general, always use a light touch with the orange flower water.

Gimlet

The Gimlet

History has it that a British Royal Navy doctor, Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette, originally founded the drink as he added Plymouth gin to lime juice in an attempt to encourage shipmates to take the lime rations as an anti-scurvy medication. Today, simple sugar is also added to balance the acidity of the drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Plymouth Gin
  • 1 part Rose's lime cordial
  • Lemon twist to garnish

Method:

  • Shake all of the ingredients with ice.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish it with a lime twist.

Gin and Tea

Gin and tea

The Brits love their tea and this cocktail plays homage to that. Featuring Beefeater 24 Gin, a super-premium gin that contains twelve botanicals -- including green and Sencha teas -- this is a new English staple that classes up a Long Island iced tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Beefeater 24 Gin
  • 3 parts English breakfast tea (chilled)
  • 1/2 parts sugar syrup

Method:

  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a Collins glass over ice.
  2. Squeeze a wedge of lemon into the glass and discard.
  3. Stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

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