Today marks the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. We felt it was only necessary to celebrate with the “water of life.” That translates from the Russian word “zhiznennaia voda,” AKA vodka. We aren’t talking about “sex on the beach” or “vodka cranberry” wells, we’re talking about the authentic Russian-style liquor served to the vodka purists. Throughout your time watching the games, don’t forget to have one of these Russian vodka drinks in hand.
3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
188 14th Street NE, Atlanta
188 14th Street NE, Atlanta
All three of these bars are shaking up your history lesson with “Putin’s Patience.” This concoction features Stoli vodka, maraschino, crème de violette and lemon juice. A hint of floral, a bittersweet cherry tang and a kick of vodka.
3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
The Cardamom Caipiroska is the winter version of the Caipirinha, except this cocktail substitutes Russian Standard vodka with cachaça. Cardamom honey and chili tincture give you an earthy spice with a kick.
10th & Piedmont
991 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta
While flights to Russia may be out of your price range, the vodka flights at 10th & Piedmont won’t be. Half-priced vodka flights are offered throughout the Winter Olympics. We recommend the “USSR” with Russian Standard, Snow Queen, Stoli Gold and Beluga.
Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Ri Ra is known for their celebrations of international sports like soccer, so of course they have giant big screens airing the Winter Olympics. Pay tribute to Sochi with a caramel white Russian made with Absolut vanilla, Bailey’s caramel cream and half and half.
Czar Ice Bar
56 East Andrews Drive, Atlanta
No better way to get closer to the Winter part of these Olympics than by “chilling” at the solid ice-top bar and watching the games on a ten foot projector. A special $5 Russian Standard martini is being sold during the Olympic Games along with themed cocktails such as the “Shaun White martini,” “The Sochi” and “The Mother Russia.” All are shaken with Russian Standard vodka
Cypress Street Pint & Plate
817 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Giddy up to the bar at Cypress Street and get a “Moscow Mule,” a craft mix of ginger beer, Russian Standard vodka and lime juice. With multiple television sets, you can pretend like you’re watching alpine skiing even though we know you’re watching curling out of the corner of your eye.
4969 Roswell Road #200, Atlanta
But if you don’t like vodka, not to worry! The “White Buffalo” was curated just as Erskine Gwinn substituted the bourbon for the gin in the Nigroni to come up with the Boulevardier. JD Doyle from the Barrel Bar at Food 101 is substituting bourbon for vodka in the “White Russian” for a take on this cocktail with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Buffalo Trace Cream Liqueur and half & half.
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog