The Cocktail Olympics

Let’s be honest: Not a lot of work will be done during the next 17 days as the world watches the Olympics in London. People’s minds will be focused on their favorite athletes and busy tabulating medal counts.

While we too care about such matters, we’ll primarily be sweating over the important question of what to drink with each sport. It’s not an inconsequential consideration, given that the coverage will be pretty much inescapable.

So we dug deep into our recipe library to find some appropriately sporting concoctions, which naturally call for a range of international spirits. Let the games begin!

Gymnastics:

We don’t suggest drinking and tumbling, but a classic Flip—like the rich Gaelic Flip or the fortifying Cruzan Flip—is the perfect accompaniment to the endless rounds of individual and team exercises. We toast you, Márta Károlyi!

Basketball:

Perhaps we shouldn’t believe the hype, but if Kobe Bryant is right that this squad is even better than the Dream Team, you’ll need to fix a few bubbly creations. We’ll be enjoying the French 75 and the Kir Royale.

Swimming & Diving:

Something about the sound of splashing water makes us thirsty for a tropical elixir. Try a Smuggler’s Cove Straits Sling or a Beach Bum, which we think pairs beautifully with Rowdy Gaines’ play-by-play.

Track & Field:

Anybody willing to take on Usain Bolt deserves a stiff drink. That’s not to mention the rest of the track-&-field all-stars, whose feats of strength we can only match with a strong cocktail. So put on your sneakers and sip the Scotch-based Rob Roy or the vodka- and gin-based Vesper.

Boxing, Judo & Taekwondo:

Maybe we’ve read too much Hemingway, but we like to watch these pugilistic matches. So whip up a Bulleit Rye Smash and a Blood and Sand. Papa would have certainly approved.

Equestrian:

While we usually don’t see much of the equestrian competitions on TV, we’ve been told that they are indeed occurring. Even more reason to mix a Horse’s Neck and salute these unsung members of Team USA.

Tennis:

This year, the IOC has arranged to use the courts at Wimbledon’s All England Club, which, of course, just finished hosting its own Grand Slam event. We imagine that the scene will be quite similar, complete with polite clapping and royalty, plus plenty of Pimm’s Cups.

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