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In honor of the 2010 Olympic winter games, which kick off Feb. 12 in Vancouver, at least three hotel lounges in British Columbia, Canada, are mixing Olympics-themed cocktails for sports fans.
At Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Mallard Lounge, the Triple Lutz is practically all-Canadian. It contains Victoria gin, Ontario ice wine and Crystal Head vodka (from Newfoundland). The hotel also offers the Bobsleigh Slider smoothie for designated drivers, which mixes strawberries, bananas, yogurt and honey with wheatgrass and a dash of cinnamon. Doesn't that make you want to bundle up, head outdoors and zip down a snow-covered mountain in a bobsled?
Yew Restaurant + Bar – inside the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – offers the Silver, a unique take on the Caesar (and inspired by the Calgary 1988 Winter Games). It's a spicy blend of buffalo jerky-infused vodka, house-made Clamato juice, chili peppers and horseradish.
At another hotel bar (Voya Lounge, inside the Loden Hotel Vancouver) is "Fire and Ice," containing gin and citrus with a house-made vanilla bean, lemon zest and black-pepper syrup, accented by a rinse of Taboo Absinthe from Vernon, British Columbia (host of the games). In a final, fitting note, the lemon zest is set aflame to honor the Olympic Torch.
Even if you can't head up to Canada for the games, consider tooling around in your kitchen and creating a cocktail to commemorate this next round of competitive winter sports. It'll be a great pairing as you watch the wintry athleticism on your television.