One week in, and the world’s best athletes are putting on a fine show at the Olympics, with swimmers, gymnasts and beach volleyball players reminding us why we’re here on the couch. Watching, cheering, drinking…
And while much of our Olympic cocktailing has included caipirinhas and cachaça drinks, here’s the Golden Medal, which reminds us of a vodka-based Tuxedo cocktail. Stoli Elit provides a solid base, while the vermouth adds plenty of floral elements, and the maraschino chimes in with a bittersweet hit of cherry. Deploy two different bitters to provide some citrus, spice and depth, add a little absinthe spray for more aromatics and you’ve got yourself a well-balanced cocktail. Oh, and then there’s the gold flakes, which will surely be the closest we ever come to achieving Olympic gold.
2 oz elit by Stoli
1 oz Contratto Vermouth Bianco
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice, and strain into a martini glass that has been sprayed with absinthe. Garnish with edible gold flakes.