As Jamaican track star Usain Bolt tries to smash a world record in Rio Thursday night, Harlem will be cheering him with his very own cocktail.
"Sir Bolt," it's called.
The company behind Ting, the popular Jamaican grapefruit-flavored soda, is planning on expanding in the city. It rolled out the drink as a tribute to classic Caribbean rum cocktails and as a toast to Bolt, who has captivated his home country and others at the Olympics.
It’s made by macerating 4 ounces of mint leaves in a shaker, then adding 2 ounces of Appleton rum, 1 ounce of lime juice and honey-syrup mix with ice, then topping it with Ting and garnishing with a mint leaf.
The drink has been making the rounds at several restaurants around the city since Bolt won the 100-meter gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics earlier this week. On Thursday night, he will aim for the 200-meter title.
Harlem’s Corner Social on Lenox Avenue and Angel of Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard are serving the cocktail, along with Negril Village in Greenwich Village, Miss Lily’s in the East Village, Republic in Union Square, and Sushi Samba in the West Village.