The purpose of the Opening Ceremony at any Olympic games is to celebrate the athletes and the host city with memorable performances and effects. When they are good, they are unforgettable (Bejing, 2008) and when they are bad, well...a drink might come in handy. Catch the Olympic spirit and go for the gold by participating in our Olympic drinking game during the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm.
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If you don't have a particular beverage in mind, create one (or all) of these Olympic-themed drinks.
Putin on the Ritz
To really get into the Russian leader's mindset. If only there was a garnish for discrimination.
Shot of vodka on ice.
Gracie Gold Margarita
In honor of figure skating national champion Gracie Gold who is going for the gold medal and who, at 16, is far too young to drink this gold cocktail.
1 1/2 oz gold tequila
4 oz margarita mix
lime for garnish
salted rim (optional)
Pour tequila and margarita mix into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for thirty seconds. Pour into a chilled glass over ice and garnish with lime.
Second place, but half the calories. Who's the real winner, now?
1 1/2 oz silver tequila
2 cups club soda
1/2 sliced lime
salted rim (optional)
Put sliced limes into a cocktail shaker with ice and muddle until pulpy. Pour the tequila into cocktail shaker with half cup club soda and shake. Pour into chilled glass and top off with remaining club soda.
Shaun White Russian
In honor of the snowboarding champ and Olympic medalist who will be going for gold in Sochi. Plus, it's my proudest pun here.
1 1/2 oz of vodka
3/4 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
3/4 oz of half n' half
1 maraschino cherry
Pour the vodka and Kahlua over ice then stir. Pour in half n' half gently. Add maraschino cherry for garnish (got to represent the red hair).
2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Drinking Game:
We do not recommend you follow every rule. Always drink responsibly.
Take one drink:
Every time a new country is introduced.
Every time the Olympic torch is shown.
Whenever an athlete cries.
Whenever a country you've visited enters.
Whenever people are choreographed to be the Olympic rings.
Whenever the announcers interrupt something lovely with obnoxious, unnecessary comments.
Take two drinks:
When Russian ballet is performed.
Whenever something malfunctions.
Every time you see a Russian nesting doll.
Whenever they pan to Putin.
Whenever they pan to Shaun White.
If the announcers try to analyze Team USA's uniforms.
Finish your drink/Take a shot:
When they light the Olympic Cauldron.
The 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony airs Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm on NBC. For a complete schedule of the Winter Olympics events download the free BuddyTV Guide app
(Image courtesy of NBC Olympics)