• The Olympic Cocktail {Recipe}

    by  • August 3, 2012 • Drink, Holidays, Recipes & Meals • 3 Comments

    the olympic cocktail recipeI love the Olympic games, cocktails, and a good story, so I naturally fell for the tale of the classic cocktail, The Olympic.

    The forgotten stepsister of the popular Side Car, the Olympic originated in London in 1922, likely in recognition of Olympic ocean liner, not the athletic competition.

    The first recipes were one part cognac to one part orange juice to one part curacao, likely a non-electric-blue color because Brilliant Blue FCF hadn’t originated yet.

    In celebration of the 2012 games in London, we began experimenting with the Olympic. Our version, heavier on the cognac than the original, is refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness.

    We’ll serve the Olympic tonight with a London-inspired meal of steak and mushroom pasties, shaved brussels sprouts salad, popovers, and roasted peaches. I can hardly wait!

    olympic cocktail ingredients

    The Olympic
    Makes 1 drink

    fresh squeezed juice of half a navel orange
    2 ounces VSOP cognac
    1 ounce quality orange brandy liqueur like Grand Marnier
    1 dash Peychoud’s bitters
    strip of orange peel for garnish

    1. Place ice and water in a cocktail glass.
    2. Pour orange juice, cognac, orange brandy and bitters over ice in a cocktail shaker.
    3. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a strip of orange peel.


    Are you watching the Olympics? Who are you cheering for?

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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. My favorite color is purple, my favorite vegetable is whatever is fresh and local, and my favorite drink is whatever you're pouring. Follow me @racheltayse


    3 Responses to The Olympic Cocktail {Recipe}

    1. Ron
      August 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Rachel-
      The cocktail sounds great! Except it’s a little too seaworthy! Is that orange “Naval” as in from the Navy? Or did you mean “Navel” as in the the small nub at the bottom of the orange resembling a belly button. There are a lot of those in the stores. And that Liqueur, “Grand Mariner”, like from the Marines? Or did you mean “Grand Marnier”, in that bell shaped bottle filled with Cognac blended with orange and spices? Maybe a few too many?

      • August 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

        Gah! You are absolutely correct. Corrections made.

    2. Marion Wardsworth
      April 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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