A MOCKTAIL TO TOAST THE OLYMPICS

In honor of the Summer Olympic Games, I created a “Greek Temple” (kind of like a Shirley Temple), for my son.  There’s not much to it — just 7UP with sliced cherries to represent the Olympic rings.  I used maraschino cherries for the red ring, and Roland lemon, lime, and wild berry cherries for the yellow, green, and blue rings.  To make the black ring, earlier this week I put some of the blue cherries and their juice in a small jar and added black food coloring, which worked great (and gives me some ideas for Halloween).  My son told me the drink was “cool.”  🙂

I also made Olympic Pie Crust Cookies, heavily decorated with colored sanding sugars, and was going to use them to decorate a dessert — maybe a sheetcake or trifle.  But my husband said they were lame, and the kids couldn’t wait to eat them, and I guess that’s just the way the Olympic pie crust cookie crumbles.  But just in case anyone’s interested, here they are, in all their sparkly, lame, Olympic glory.  🙂

Lame AND sparkly

And because I know you were wondering, according to Wikipedia, the Olympic rings were introduced in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.  The five rings stand for the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from around the world at the Olympic Games.

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