Whether You Were Happy Or Sad About The Election Results, We Have Two Solid Drink Options.
After months of campaign ads and unfriending former classmates on Facebook over politcal rants, the mid-term elections finally took place in the U.S. As is often the case, the country witnessed a turnaround, with the Republican party regaining control of the Senate and holding on to the house, as well as grabbing various state legislatures around the country.
Hey, we’re not here to take sides, but the GOP is celebrating this week, while the Democrats, despite still having the Commander-in-Chief on their side, are looking for ways to drown their sorrows. Both sides are in need of a good stiff drink.
While it might seem obvious to just hand wound-licking liberals a bottle of “what have you got and keep it coming,” the fact is there are a number of existing cocktails called “Democrat.” The one below is my interpretation of a drink called the Sullivan County Democrat once served at Press Lounge in NYC.
For Republicans, who are waiving their Americana flag high and proud, Bourbon seems the obvious choice. You’re only allowed to call your corn whiskey “Bourbon” if it’s produced in the U.S. of A under strict guidelines. Hence, the Mid-Term. I tried blending the two drinks together (working across the aisle). Couldn’t be done.
Enjoy the drinks, and remember, campaigning for the 2016 presidential election has already begun. So much for peace and quiet.
1 1/2 oz 90-proof + Bourbon
1 oz Atsby Armadillo Cake Vermouth (or a blend of sweet and dry vermouth)
1/2 oz Blood Orange Juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters
In a cocktail shaker, combine ingredients. Add ice, shake well and strain into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with a cherry, flamed orange peel or a sense of victory.
2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Apple/Pear-infused* Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz juice from the pickled ramp
At the bottom of a martini glass, lay the ramp (or pickled onion, beet or green beans). In a mixing glass, combine vodka, juice from the pickled ramp and infused vermouth. Add ice, stir well and strain into glass over the vegetable. Garnish with a light dusting of cinnamon. Have a second cocktail in the works before you drain the first one.