With the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games coming to a close this weekend, why not throw your own closing ceremonies party with a Gold Cocktail?
-2 1/2 oz Vodka
-1 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
-1 tsp shredded coconut
– Coconut flakes (for garnish)
-Edible gold powder (available at bakery/cake decorating outlets)
First, coat the bottom of a martini glass with the edible gold powder. Combine the remaining ingredients into an ice filled martini shaker, shake well and strain. If you like, add a little more gold powder to deepen the color and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Since the first Summer Olympics in Athens in 1896, countries around the world have hosted the games and cheered the athletes on. And if you are a real Olympic fan, check out some of these great host cities of the past along with some amazing hotels where you can get your own Gold Cocktail:
Tokyo, Japan: Summer Olympics 1964
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo:
Consistently rated as one of the finest hotels in all of Asia, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is a exquisitely designed luxury hotel located in the rich historical district of Nihonbashi in one of the most vibrant cities on earth. Each suite has amazing views of the city across Tokyo Bay or towards the Imperial Palace. And if you love great cuisine, choose from one of nine great restaurants and bars right on the property.
Stockholm, Sweden: Summer Olympics 1912
If you have never been to Stockholm, Hotel Diplomat is the perfect hotel to book your stay for the magnificent waterfront views that showcases the pristine beauty of the city. The hotel is a classic art nouveau building located right downtown in the fashionable Strandvagen. This is a great starting point to explore Stockholm and all it has to offer.
London, United Kingdom: Summer Olympics 1908, 1948 and soon for 2012
High Road House:
The High Road House is a luxury hotel and private members’ club located in the heart of Chiswick, West London. Chic and intimate, this 14 room hotel has a comfy, homely feel complete with a luxury game room, large sofa bar and playground lounge area perfect for screenings, presentations and meetings.
Mexico City, Mexico: Summer Olympics 1968
Occupying five floors of a building in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City, Distrito Capital offers amazing views of the city from every side. And if you love all things unique, soak in the design by Joseph Dirand and get inspired by the art of Thomas Glassford “Asteroid”. Like the great city of Mexico City, Distrito Capital has a style all its own.
Los Angeles, United States: Summer Olympics 1984
THE HUNTLEY Hotel:
THE HUNTLEY Hotel is where modern beach side glamor meets urban chic. This hotel exudes a sense of luxury the minute you step into the lobby with its eclectic furniture, sleek lines and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Come here and indulge in the ultimate Southern California Hotel experience.
Paris, France: Summer Olympics 1900 & 1924
If you love design and trendy boutique hotels, the Hotel Keppler is where you’ll want to stay when visiting Paris. Located right in the heart of the city, this attractive hotel is perfect for enjoying your morning espresso on your private terrace looking out to the city below.
Athens, Greece: Summer Olympics 1896, 1906 & 2004
Hotel Grande Bretagne:
Athens is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and there couldn’t be a better place to soak in the city then the Hotel Grand Bretagne. You can view the original Olympic Stadium as you lounge by the pool, see the famous Acropolis from their bar or soak in the Parthenon while you dine on their fabulous Mediterranean cuisine.
And if you didn’t get a chance to make it out to this year’s Vancouver Olympics, check out our other Refreshing Fridays post with some great Vancouver hotels: Have a Canadian in Vancouver