Soul of a sprinter, speed of a sloth — an Olympic hopeful you are not.
Your hosting skills, however, prove pedestalworthy. Ahead of Friday’s opening ceremonies, we teamed up with gold-medal mixologist Jackson Cannon (The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard) for two cocktails: Air Mail, an ode to the U.S. men’s basketball team; and London Fog Cutter, in honor of the host city.
Late-night balance beam maneuvers strongly discouraged.
¾ oz. Banks rum
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. honey
Dash of Angostura bitters
Splash of champagne
1. Shake rum, lime juice, honey, and bitters over ice. Strain into a flute.
2. Top with champagne.
London Fog Cutter
1½ oz. rum
½ oz. London dry gin
½ oz. brandy
½ oz. orange juice
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. orgeat syrup
Half a lime
1. Mix all ingredients with a swizzle stick.
2. Serve on the rocks in a mug with a lime boat (lime turned inside out and filled with gin).
Or try internationally inspired cocktails throughout the Olympic Games at The Hawthorne, 500a Commonwealth Avenue (617-532-9150 or thehawthornebar.com).
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