The spirit of the Olympics captures faith and triumph throughout the world, and for those of us not lucky enough to make the journey to England for the games this summer, London is still calling for a fabulous Olympic party to be thrown in the comfort of your own home. The Summer Olympic Games only come around once every four years, so take advantage and get your friends and family together. Here are five Olympic-themed recipes to help you plan a dinner menu worthy of a gold medal.
London, The Host City: Cheerio to London, which is the first city to host the Olympic Games three times (1908, 1948, 2012). This tea rose-infused martini combines floral flavors with a slightly bitter English Earl Grey gin, perfect for cheering to the host nation.
Greece: The first recorded Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece, with 241 participants. Athens hosted its second Summer Olympic Games in 2004, with an extraordinary 10,625 athletes. To celebrate both the origins and progress of the Olympics, serve the classic Greek favorite spanakopita, a delicious phyllo dough pie, which can work as an appetizer or light side dish.
Always a Winner Chicken Dinner: The Olympic movement is all about "building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport without discrimination." So no matter who gets gold, all participants are winners. To showcase this, serve up a winning lemon caper grilled chicken dinner, and promote the theme of fairness and equality to all your guests!
All-American: Show your patriotism with an all- American salty caramel apple pie! This salty-sweet twist on a traditional apple pie recipe will excite the taste buds of all your guests.
Olympic Gold Medal Cookies: Award your guests with golden peanut butter cookies. These cookies are simple to make, delicious, and gluten-free. This way, all your guests have a chance to go for the gold.