The Olympic Cocktail Is Similar To The Classic Sidecar Drink Recipe
The Olympic cocktail is a classic mixed drink containing equal parts brandy, curacao and orange juice. It is closely related to the Sidecar which follows the same 1:1:1 formula and similar ingredients, but the former substitutes curacao instead of orange liqueur and uses OJ rather than lemon juice.
History Of The Olympic Cocktail
The recipe is thought to have originated in 1922 at Ciro’s Club of London when Harry McElhone was still bartending there prior to him leaving for France and eventually his own place in Paris, Harry’s New York Bar. What the Olympic cocktail is named for however, is still part of history’s mysteries.
The Olympic Games Compete Over Cocktail Naming Rights
There were no Olympic Games in 1922 since it was an off year and London* had last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1908, however the 1920 Games of the VII Olympiad had just been hosted in nearby Antwerp, Belgium. This was a cause for celebration after an eight year absence† since the Olympics had last been held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1912.
Its possible that was the inspiration or maybe the Olympic cocktail was named in anticipation of the very first Winter Olympics scheduled for 1924 in Chamonix, France followed by the Summer Games later in the year in Paris. After all, French Cognac is arguably the most famous of all the brandies and brandy is the main spirit in the Olympic cocktail.
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