You can either sit and watch hours of figure skating from your couch, or throw a party like you are in Sochi... only with obvious better conditions. And serving kebabs and shots of vodka just isn’t going to cut it (though we don't completely descourage it). To make you feel like you are skiing with the best of them overseas you have to eat like an Olympian too.
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best Russian finger food and drink recipes, from the traditional to the ultra-modern, that will make the perfect additions to any Sochi soiree. From our list of appetizers and drinks, you can go either way: keep it simple with Russian chicken lollipops, or flex your cooking muscles with short rib borscht bites.
You’re going to want to keep your guests warm during this super slushy and freezing time of year! Serve chilly guests some boozy hot chocolate (or even heat up Swiss Miss for the kids). Check out Nigella Lawson’s recipe for alcoholic hot chocolate here. We also found a recipe for Kvas — a fermented bread drink that’s popular in Russia. But if you’re not brave enough to try liquefied bread, you can stick with simple vodka cocktails (we won’t tell)
As for decorations, they can be made pretty simply for an Olympic-viewing party. After all, all eyes are going to be on the screen! Either buy or make an international flag banner and use the Olympic rings color scheme for decorating inspiration (blue, black, red, yellow and green). Get the kids in on the action and have them create their own Olympic rings with paint and plastic cups like in this craft by Apples and ABCS.
When the vodka is drained and your favorite athlete has crossed the finish line, finish off the night with a sledding race.