Election Day Cocktails

Whether it’s four more years or a new guy in office, we’ve got some drinking to do


Today is a big day in the United States, as you all hopefully know. Yes, it’s Election Day 2012! Voting locations across the country are opening their doors and eligible voters are running to cast their ballots and choose our president for the next four years. Will it be four more years with President Obama or will Governor Romney be the 45th President of the United States? No matter the outcome, a drink or two is in order.

As you follow the election coverage today, whether it be by big gathering at a local bar or simply in your own home, have one of these fun election day cocktails. Warning: drinking on election day will not decide the outcome of the race, but it will soften the blow if the candidate you voted against ends up taking the White House.

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Come Wednesday morning, we will (hopefully) know which candidate will be the President of the United States for the next four years. Get into the spirit of the democratic process and have one of these cocktails to celebrate the presidential campaigns finally being over. Cheers, and here’s hoping the best man really does win!

Have any fun election day cocktails to share? Let us know about them in the comments section!

El Presidente

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1½ oz. rich white rum
1½ oz. Dolin Vermouth Blanc (Martini & Rossi or Cinzano Bianco are fine substitutes)
1 barspoon orange Curaçao or Grand Marnier
½ barspoon real grenadine
Thinly cut orange peel
Cracked ice
Garnish: maraschino cherry (optional)

In a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a thin slice of orange peel over the top of the drink, and garnish drop in the cocktail, or discard. Garnish with a cherry.


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1 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. pear brandy
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Scant 1/2 oz. honey syrup (2:1)
Scant 1/2 oz. ginger syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe.

The Mint Rumney


6 oz light rum
12 mint sprigs (8 broken apart)
6 tbsp fresh lime juice
4 tbsp sugar
Club soda
4 lime slices

In a cocktail shaker filled with a moderate amount of ice, combine the rum, eight conservative-sized mint sprigs (broken up), lime juice and sugar. Shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and sprig of mint.

Obama Slammer


½ oz amaretto
½ oz vodka
½ oz sloe gin
½ oz Southern Comfort
½ oz grenadine
1 dash cranberry juice
1 dash hope
Orange juice

Pour a liberal amount of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass.

Rhetoric Remedy


¾ ounce green Chartreuse
½ ounce lemon
¾ ounce rye bourbon
¾ ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
Orange for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously and pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

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