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London Olympics cocktail party in the colors of the Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London are ready to open.

What about a summer London Olympics cocktail party with 6 different cocktails, each with a different color and taste representing the 6 colors of the Olympic games?


6 colors of the Olympics?

The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. So 5 rings + white background makes 6 colors.

The symbol of the rings was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The 5 rings represent the 5 continents and stand for passion, faith, victory, work ethic, and sportsmanship.


First step; the Collins

As the Games take place in London, the spirit in the cocktails could only be… London dry Gin.

A classic Gin cocktail is the Tom Collins.


In a first step we defined which basic recipe we wanted to use for the Collins.

The following basic recipe worked the best for us;

5 parts of gin

3 parts of simple sugar syrup

2 parts of lemon juice

3 parts of sparkling water


We used a Tumbler glass of about 300 ml and we didn’t shake, but stirred the cocktail. We lost too much flavor if we shaked the cocktail.


Second step; making 6 variations


Foodpairing is an ideal tool to make variations, little twists on classic cocktails.

How do you start? As our cocktail is a Gin cocktail, you have to explore the Foodpairing tree of Gin.

This is for example a Foodpairing tree of Gin. All ingredients around gin, can be combined with gin. The closer to the middle the better the match. Gin combines perfectly with cardamom, grapefruit, basil,…but all the ingredients in the tree match. They are also ordered into categories like meat, herbs and spices…

Following Foodpairing variations were selected based on the Foodpairing tree of Gin;


Red: red bell pepper, strawberry, vanilla

Yellow: mango, ginger, passion fruit juice

Green: pea, basil, white beer

Blue: blue curaçao, grapefruit juice

White: peach, almond, cream

Black: coffee, passion fruit


Recipe Red Collins

Bell pepper-strawberry syrup;

100 g red bell pepper (peeled)

100 g sugar

200 g water

0,5 g vanilla pod

40 g strawberry



50 ml gin

30 ml bell pepper-strawberry syrup

20 ml lemon juice

30 ml sparkling water


Mix the bell pepper with sugar, water and the vanilla pod in a pan. Heat on a moderate fire (confit the bell pepper). Leave to cool down. Mix with the strawberries with a blender.


Add the gin,  the bell pepper-strawberry syrup and lemon juice to a mixing glass. Stir. Strain in a tumbler glass filled with ice. Finish with sparkling water. Add some grinded black pepper as a finishing touch.

The other recipes, you can find here


Recently I was invited to visit Tony C. his new location of the Drink factory in London. In Bruges we have a nice lab, but that is certainly true for Tony his lab and his location has an extra add-on; it is in the same room where Pink Floyd recorded their legendary album ‘The Wall’.
With that amount of inspiration, no wonder the next generation of cocktails are born there.
In Tony’s team there is another fantastic bartender, Marcis Dzelzainis (a great guy by the way). In the next picture he is featured in the lab of the Drinkfactory.

 (source picture)

He was recently one of the 2 bartenders from UK reaching the finals of the Beefeater 24 G&Tea.
The recipe of his Tippy 24 cocktail with grapefruit, gin, tea (gin and tea infused on the Dave Arnold way), elderflower cordial, plum wine and lemon juice, you can find on the blog of the Drinkfactory.

As no gin company asked us yet to analyze their gin :(, I selected elderflower in the next interactive Foodpairing tree. In the tree you will find links to tea, gin, grapefruit as used in the cocktail. You can integrate the interactive Foodpairing tree by the embed code.


Warren Bobrow posted one of his favorite drink: hot cranberry, blueberry and gin

The recipe you can find in the blogpost.
If you click on the picture below, you can see more pairings popping up. And the pop-up is interactive!
-> click on the categories to see more combinations
-> paste the interactive tree in your own website by copying the embedded code into your own post.

Cranberry and gin is a nice example of Foodpairing, reinforcing the floral, citrus and pine notes.


At Barchef in Toronto, Ai Fiori in New York,… you have cocktails with infusions of saffron. Saffron is not always added for its flavor only, but here you have an overview of possible combinations with saffron based on its flavor profile;

Here an example by Eben Freeman (Ai Fiori): Aperitivo

A movie how to make it;   
Foodspotting the Bar at Ai Fiori: “Aperitivo” Cocktail from Ai Fiori on Vimeo.
And the saffron sour of Barchef in Toronto;

Gin should also fit, but I’m missing still a lot of analysis on different types of gin. Any brand interested?


Starchefs made a post on Cocktails pairings at Clyde Common in Portland.

The reflection we always have is to check if this combination can also be detected by To check which cocktails would fit baked foie gras, we unfolded the category of the drinks (by clicking on the (+) of the branch). These are some of the suggestions you get (only drinks selected)

And indeed gin, vermouth are mentioned as pairings, but it appears Black tea together with Shochu or Bourbon whiskey could also be an interesting combination.