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HYMN TO LIBERTY (GREECE) 1 1/2 ounce Metaxa (Credit: Handout)

HYMN TO LIBERTY (GREECE)

1 1/2 ounce Metaxa Greek Brandy
1 tablespoon fig jam
3 lemons
1/2 ounce honey
soda water
dried fig, for garnish

In tin, muddle lemons then add honey, jam, Metaxa and ice. Shake and strain in rocks glass. Top off with soda water and garnish with a dried fig.

Olympics-themed cocktails

It's time to raise a glass to the Olympics! And there's no reason to merely crack open a beer. Instead, try one of these cocktails created especially for the games by the mixologists at Westwood's Whiskey Blue bar inside the W Los Angeles hotel.

BROTHERS OF ITALY 1 ounce Hendricks Gin 1
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BROTHERS OF ITALY

1 ounce Hendricks Gin
1 ounce Aperol
1/2 ounce Antica Vermouth
Orange bitters

Build cocktail in tin with ice. Shake and strain on rocks. Sprinkle with orange bitters and garnish with orange peel.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (UK) 1 1/2 ounce
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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (UK)

1 1/2 ounce Bombay Saphire Gin
3 lime wedges
3 cucumber slices
5-6 mint leaves
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Celery bitters

In tin, muddle lime, cucumber and mint with simple syrup. Add ice and gin. Shake and strain into a highball. Top with celery bitters and garnish a slice of cucumber cut lengthwise.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER (USA) 1/2 ounce Woodford Reserve bourbon
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STAR-SPANGLED BANNER (USA)

1/2 ounce Woodford Reserve bourbon
1/2 ounce rhubarb bitters
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1/4 ounce lemon juice
3-4 pieces of strawberry, plus whole fruit for garnish

In a shaker, muddle the strawberries. Add other ingredients along with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

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HYMN TO LIBERTY (GREECE) 1 1/2 ounce Metaxa
(Credit: Handout)

HYMN TO LIBERTY (GREECE)

1 1/2 ounce Metaxa Greek Brandy
1 tablespoon fig jam
3 lemons
1/2 ounce honey
soda water
dried fig, for garnish

In tin, muddle lemons then add honey, jam, Metaxa and ice. Shake and strain in rocks glass. Top off with soda water and garnish with a dried fig.

LA MARCHA REAL (SPAIN) 3 ounces Albarino (white
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LA MARCHA REAL (SPAIN)

3 ounces Albarino (white wine) or Rioja (red)
1 orange slice
1 lemon slice
1 ounce apricot brandy
1/2 ounce simple syrup

Muddle fruit in tin. Add remaining ingredients with ice and roll into snifter.

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