Rock the Cocktail

With all the campaigning, punditry and debates, the presidential election can leave a bad taste in one's mouth. But having a little fun with the upcoming election may help ease those tensions. No matter the ideology of your patrons, there is definitely one thing everyone can agree on - A good cocktail is hard to resist.

Coming up with your own election-themed cocktails may not have an effect on the outcome of the presidential race, but will have your customers considering you as the best bipartisan establishment around.


On the menu at Cityscape in Chicago

1¼ oz. ABSOLUT Mandarin Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao
2 oz. Amp Decibel
Splash of Sierra Mist
Lime wheel, for garnish

Combine in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour in Martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel.


Warm Mittens Cocktail
On the menu at Cityscape in Chicago

1¼ oz. Cityscape’s 12 year old Elijah Craig Bourbon
½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. fig preserves
Splash of soda
Orange wheel, for garnish.

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker; mix well. Pour of ice in rocks glass. Garnish with orange wheel.


Grand Old Punch
Created by mixologist Jon Grsparini of Rye on the Road

15 oz. Campari
10 oz. Flor de Cana 7 year
7.5 oz Cinzano Rosso
10 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2.5 oz. Honey
30 whole cloves

Combine juice of ten lemons and 30 cloves in a tupperware container or cake mold and freeze.  Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl with flavored iced block.


The Incumbent
Courtesy of SKYY Vodka

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus

1 oz. Blue Curacao 

1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. Triple Sec

Mix ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into Martini glass.


Obama Mama
Created by H. Joseph Ehrmann

¾ oz. Brugal Extra Viejo Rum
½ oz. Bank’s Five Island Rum
½ oz. coconut rum
¼ oz. Galliano Ristretto
½ oz. lemon juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
Orange wedge
Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Orange wheel, for garnish

In a mixing glass, add all ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well for five seconds and Hawthorne strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a half orange wheel, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry and a straw.

Another 4 Years
On the menu at Carmine’s in New York

2 oz. Balcones Blue Corn Whisky
10 blueberries muddled
½ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. lime juice 
¾ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz.Monin Blueberry Syrup
Splash of water
Blueberries, for garnish

Mix all ingredients with ice. Garnish with a few extra blueberries.


The New Guy In Town
On the menu at Carmine’s in New York

2 oz. Absolut CherryKran Vodka
10 muddled fresh cranberries
½ oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
Splash of water

Mix all ingredients and shake with Ice.


 Rumney Old Fashioned
Created by H. Joseph Ehrmann

1 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve
1 oz. Brugal 1888 Rum
½ oz. Demerara Syrup
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
1 dash chocolate bitters
1 dash Jerry Thomas’ Old Fashioned Bitters
Wide orange twist

In a bucket glass, build these ingredients; add ice, stir, garnish and serve.