It’s the biggest
in international sports, so it’s only fitting to throw a themed party. If you’re
not sure what to make, take inspiration from Food Network Magazine's brunch spread worthy of a gold medal.
Start with a classic Brazilian cocktail, then support your home team with a healthy schmear from the
bagel bar. Finally, raise your fruit torch high and let the games begin!
Cut 4 limes into small pieces; place in a pitcher and add 1/2 cup superfine sugar. With a large wooden
spoon, muddle the limes until juicy. Stir in 1 cup cachaca. Spread gold coarse sugar on a plate. Moisten
the rims of 6 to 8 glasses with a lime wedge, then dip in the gold sugar; fill the glasses with ice. Pour in
the cocktail and top with lemon-lime seltzer.
Prepare one bagel half in each color of the Olympic rings and arrange on a platter. Put out halved bagels,
cream cheese (plain and scallion) and bowls of toppings so guests can assemble their own.
Slice small blue potatoes 1/4 inch thick. Toss with olive oil, season with salt and roast at 400 degrees F
until tender, about 20 minutes. Spread bagels with cream cheese; top with the potatoes.
Spread bagels with cream cheese; top with sliced pitted black olives.
Spread bagels with cream cheese; top with smoked salmon and sliced plum tomatoes. Drizzle with
Spread bagels with cream cheese; top with sliced yellow grape or cherry tomatoes; season with salt.
Mash 1 avocado with the juice of 1 lemon; season with salt and pepper. Spread on bagels; top with
sliced Persian cucumbers and season with more salt and pepper.
Fill 8 flat-bottomed ice cream cones three-quarters full with tropical yogurt. Stick spears of pineapple,
cantaloupe, papaya and mango into the yogurt to look like flames. Add a few strawberry slices to each.
Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 1/2 hours.