Cocktail Party Politics
If you’re passionate about politics these civic minded cocktails are cause to celebrate. Democratic drinks and Republican refreshments can help you cheer on a candidate on election night or toast a tipple to the fact that its finally over. Independent swing states will second that.
“I could never vote for somebody who’s never had to make his own liquor.”
If your home bar is hosting a political cocktail party here’s a selection of themed drinks you can put on the ballot for your guests to vote for. House rules, you’ll have to choose for the undecided.
Political Cocktails - Drinks For Democrat, Republican & Independent Parties
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 3-4 oz club soda
Lobbyist Libation - Colonel Joe Rickey concocted this cocktail in collaboration with a Washington, D.C. bartender in between lobbying Congress in the 1880s. Add gin and lime juice to a collins glass filled with ice. Top off with club soda and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
- 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 cherry
Mover & Shaker Spirit - classic cocktail with purported political ties to William J. Tilden’s election as New York’s governor in 1874. Stir together with ice and strain into chilled glass with cherry garnish.
- 3/4 oz red liqueur
- 3/4 oz white liqueur
- 3/4 oz blue liqueur
Patriotic Pousse-cafe - the American flag layered as liquids into a symbolic drink. Many choices are available for flavor, color and density combinations. See 4th of July cocktails for detailed mixing instructions.
- 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp orange juice
- 1 tsp grenadine
Election Elixir - Boston politician Martin Lomasney celebrated his 1898 win in Ward Eight with this cocktail crafted in his own cafe. Shake all ingredients together with ice. Strain into chilled glass and garnish with optional maraschino cherry.
More Politically Themed Cocktails
- Black Russian - created in honor of the Hostess with the Mostess, Perle Mesta, who switched political parties and prior to & after becoming the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg was famous for throwing them as well. Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike would flock to her elite social soirees after the Madam Minister “hung a lamb chop in her window.”
- Harvey Wallbanger - surfer stumbles into the 1972 Presidential election and drinks up thousands of write in votes?
- Income Tax Cocktail - politicians may spend more time in bitter debates about taxes than any other issue.
- Old Fashioned - this drink recipe is the very definition of a cocktail which when the ingredients were first described in 1806 also stated a “cock tail is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion … of great use to a democratic candidate” because a voter who swallows a drink of this is ready to swallow anything else.
- Will Rogers Cocktail - this political humorist once joked, “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”
If these congressional campaign cocktails aren’t elected, maybe politically correct pilsners would be preferred as more presidential. Putting a stop to the political pun
(cartoon with moonshiners tending a whiskey still via)