Now, before the hate comments start about how we all need to care about the election and go vote and go vote SOBER…I totally agree with that. Vote. Please, please if you can vote in America, go vote. Research the candidates up and down the ballot, not just the presidential candidates. And then, go make an informed vote for the candidates you want to see in office.
But when you’re not at the polls and not researching candidates, I think we all need a bit of a drink this go round. The presidential election is completely insane this year, the media circus is worse than ever, and I for one could use a good stiff drink now again to calm my nerves, and a few while I watch the election night coverage.
All the recipes make one cocktail so it’s easy to adjust for more servings.
New York Sour
Let’s start with a cocktail that’s from the USA so we can remember that we love this country. The New York Sour is my favorite cocktail. It’s a whiskey sour with red wine floated on top.
Here’s what you need:
2 oz. whiskey or bourbon
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
0.5 oz. red wine
Shake up the whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Pour it over ice. Gently pour red wine on top over the back of a spoon so it floats on the top and looks really pretty. Drink it as is or stir the whole thing together to drink it.
The Mojito is a refreshing Cuban cocktail. The highlights are rum (of course) and mint.
1.5 oz. rum
3 mint sprigs
1.5 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Muddle the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add all ingredients except club soda. Shake. Pour into a highball glass (with or without ice). Fill the rest of the glass with club soda.
Campari and Soda
Campari is an Italian grapefruit liqueur that is very bitter. If you’re feeling bitter about the elections, this kind of bitterness might help you feel a little better.
1.5 oz. Campari
3 oz. soda water
Mix the Campari and soda. Serve on the rocks with orange slices as garnish.
If you’re looking to get plastered, then the Singapore Sling is your friend. It was actually invented in Singapore at the Raffles Hotel.
1.5 oz. gin
0.5 oz. cherry brandy
0.25 oz. triple sec
0.25 oz. benedictine
4 oz. pineapple juice
0.5 oz. lime juice
0.25 oz grenadine
Shake it all up together. Pour over ice in a large glass. It’s a big cocktail.
Simple. French. Sparkling. This cocktail is ideal if you’ve got something to celebrate.
6 oz. champagne
0.5 oz. creme de cassis
Pour both ingredients into a champagne flute. Stir lightly.
What cocktail will you be drinking on election night in the U.S.?