For the athletes in competition, the Olympics are a serious matter, the culmination of a lifetime of work whittled down to one brief moment in time. But for the rest of us, the summer games are a three-week excuse to celebrate, especially since the latest installment is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, one of the party capitals of the world.
Those lucky enough to make the trip to Brazil will no doubt be indulging in more than a few caipirinhas, Brazil’s vibrant answer to the margarita. Made with the ubiquitous indigenous spirit cachaça, the country’s national cocktail is as robust as it is refreshing.
Though Brazil’s signature drink is a must-try, the Olympics are a global affair, which means it’s your duty as a citizen of the world to sample cocktails from all corners of the earth. Lucky for us, the fine folks at Elle Decor scoured Deckopedia’s International Mixology series to bring us 15 cocktails that are “infused with the spirit of countries competing from around the globe.”
There’s Argentina’s Rosa de Once, which blends fresh strawberry juice, cognac, and Cointreau for a South American take on the daiquiri; Canada’s ultra-refined Hotel George, a delicate balance of gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and orange blossom water; and India’s Jewel of the Sky, an exotic blend of rose syrup, vodka, and Bombay Sapphire Gin. Twelve more adventurous cocktails also made the list, so no matter who you’re rooting for, there’s something to make you a little tipsy while doing it.
Which cocktail will you be indulging in these Olympics?