Texas Bars and Restaurants bring “Spirit” of Olympics to the Lone Star State
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On Friday, viewers across the world watched the spectacular opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And even though the celebration of the Olympics is taking place across the pond, there are a few Texas bars and restaurants that are managing to bring the “spirit” of the Olympics to the Lone Star State. Check out these delicious Olympic-inspired cocktails being served across Texas throughout the 2012 Olympic Games. Oak (Bartender Abe Bedell) The Gemstone 2 oz Bombay Sapphire 1 ½ oz grapefruit juice ½ oz lemon juice ½ oz simple syrup ½ oz Velvet Falernum ½ oz club soda Prep: Pour all liquids into mixing glass, shake, and strain into collins glass. Garnish with grapefruit disc and a lemon wedge. “Imagine the hot humid heat this summer at the 2012 Olympics. This is the cocktail I imagine cooling off with. Think of it as a Greyhound on HGH! It is that refreshing and with strong gin as the backbone of this cocktail, you might not remember who won the gold, but you will have fun while you do it.” – Bedell Bolsa (Bartender Kyle Hilla) Stratford Tea Party 1 oz Bombay London Dry Gin ½ oz honey syrup ½ oz lemon juice 1 oz camomile/anise tea 1 fresh egg white Prep: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled martini glass. “This cocktail is based on a cocktail named the White Lady, created in 1919 by Harry MacElhone while working at Ciro’s Club in London. Since the Olympics are in London this year, I wanted to use a London-based cocktail with a twist. [Therefore,] I added the honey syrup and the camomile/anise tea. To add a bit more flair, I topped it off with the Olympic Rings.” – Hilla Malai Kitchen (Celeb Mixologist Jason Kosmas). This is an Olympic-sized cocktail for two people Singapore Sling 2 ½ oz Beefeater Gin 1 ½ oz Triplum (Luxardo) 1 oz Benedictine (B&B) 1 ½ oz lime juice 2 oz Cherry Heering Liqueur 6 oz pineapple juice 6 dashes bitters “This is the original Singapore Sling recipe from the Raffles Hotel. I learned this recipe from Dale Degroff (who also re-introduced it to the hotel of its origin). We are treating it like a punch as it has a plethora of ingredients: gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters, lime juice, and pineapple juice. It is classic from that part of the world and is great in hot weather as a drink to share.” – Kosmas Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar (Kosmas, who is also Marquee’s Executive Bar Manager, created this London-inspired cocktail) The Pimms Cup 2 oz Pimm’s No.1 ¾ oz Cointreau ¾ oz fresh lime juice 1 oz ginger beer 1 sprig of mint 3 slices of cucumber Prep: In a collins glass, pour Pimm’s, Cointreau, and lime juice. Add ice, mint, and cucumber. Shake briefly and top off with ginger beer. “Originally invented in 1823 in an oyster bar in London, Pimm’s No.1 is a bottled cocktail of gin, quinine, and a secret mix of fruits and herbs. Traditionally, it is mixed with lemon-lime soda and cucumber. Over the years, it became the official drink of Wimbledon and is very popular in New Orleans because of its refreshing qualities. This is my variation on the traditional Pimm’s Cup.” – Kosmas W Austin Libationist Joyce Garrison has created a celebratory red, white, and blue cocktail. The prosecco emphasizes the celebratory aspect of the drink, and whether it’s a win or loss for America, the drink is still worth drinking. Like Garrison says, “everything’s better with some bubbles.” Campari Celebration ½ oz Campari ½ oz St~Germain ½ oz egg white 1 oz Prosecco Prep: Combine ingredients without the Prosecco into a shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into chilled martini glass, float Prosecco, garnish with blue egg foam, and celebrate. Sullivan’s Steakhouse Victory Lap (A drink inspired by the athlete. It’s made with coconut water – a popular electrolyte replenisher for athletes.) 1 ½ oz Pearl Coconut Vodka 1 oz Zico Coconut Water ½ oz Lemon Sour splash of Sprite Garnish: lime wedge squeeze Swift’s Attic 1984 (Named for the 1984 Olympics games that took place in Los Angeles.) 1 ¼ oz Death’s Door Gin ¾ oz Cointreau 1 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz fresh lemon juice 1 oz simple syrup 3 dashes Angostura bitters Prep: Shake hard with ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with fresh lime wedge. icenhauer’s For the duration of the 2012 Olympics, each signature cocktail at icenhauer’s will take the name of an inspiring U.S. Olympic athlete, such as The Lolo, The Hope, The Misti May, and The Allyson. Icenhauer’s will show their hometown pride with The Kathleen, named for University of Texas swimmer Kathleen Hersey. Hersey will be competing in the 2012 games in London.