Food and Drink That Cheers On the Olympics
LAS VEGAS ( MainStreet) -- London may be hosting the Summer Games this year, but the spirit and excitement that accompanies the weeks of athleticism and sportsmanship can be experienced in none other than Sin City, where you can find drink specials, hotel and spa packages and more tailored to celebrate Team USA. TravelsinTaste has sought out some of the best Olympic-inspired specials, and here they are.
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As always, cocktails abound in this adult playground. This summer's homage to the Olympics begins at the Hyde Bellagio, which will celebrate the games with early evening screenings and medal-worthy Olympic-inspired libations. Cocktails include the Captain America, which blends Corzo Silver Tequila, Cocci Americano, Noilly Prat dry vermouth and tonic water to create blue and white layers complemented by a red Prickly Pear Cassis Air foam for an American flag-hued refreshment.
There's also the Gold Medal, with a record-breaking mix of Captain Morgan, yellow chartreuse, pineapple and lemon juices and angostura bitters, gilded with gold flakes and served up in a martini glass. At chef Sammy DeMarco's First Food & Bar inside the Palazzo, the First Place will give you the team spirit to cheer on your favorite athletes. A concoction of Ultimat vodka, blue Curacao, almond syrup with strawberries and lime, this cocktail is sure to quench any Olympian's thirst.For dining, Kokomo's at the Mirage has created a Medal Menu, a three-course prix fixe menu with optional upgrades for those who want to climb the podium. The Bronze dinner includes a choice of Chilled Purple Potato & Leek Soup or Caramelized Onion & Stilton Tart, followed by Surf & Turf, Braised Short Rib Banger or Lobster Stuffed Dover Sole with butter-whipped King Edward's potatoes. The Silver menu includes featured wine pairings from Olympic Cellars to complement the Bronze meal. Guests can upgrade to Gold and get the Bronze and Silver options along with Summer Truffles, Foie Gras & Caviar and a Gold Leaf Caramelized Walnut Ice Cream Bon Bon. The Carnegie Deli has a different take on the Olympics -- with The Olympian, a dining challenge plate loaded with signature dishes including The Woody Allen (piled high with corned beef and pastrami) served with a side of My Fair Latkes with sour cream or applesauce and ending with a slice of the restaurant's famous cheesecake paired with your choice of flavors of Dr. Brown's soda. Any person who finishes the dish in 30 minutes or less will get a Carnegie Deli shirt and hat as a trophy to tout their accomplishment and ensure bragging rights. It's not a gold medal, but it is a win in its own right. Those who have completed their own mini Olympics or just feel for the athletes can use a massage at Aquae Sulis Spa at JW Marriott designed specifically for athletes. Each massage is tailored to a guest's athletic activity and subsequent muscle tension. The Spa at The Mirage will feature three medal-winning packages designed to help guests relax and rejuvenate tired muscles. Spa-goers can Go for Gold with a deep-tissue massage, deep cleansing facial and a pedicure and manicure; Shine with a Sophisticated Silver with a Swedish massage and a deep-cleansing facial; or, for those looking for a quick pampering, the Get the Gleaming Bronze package is ideal, made up of a target massage and freshen-up facial. And if you were lucky enough to have scored a ticket to the games in London, The Lanesborough Hotel affords sporting aficionados sanctuary within the renowned Library Bar. Here guests can sip a Gold Medal Martini served with a gold-leaf rim among the book-lined walls and toast their team in true British style.
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