CAMPAIGN COCKTAILS — Hot Drinks for the 2004 Election Year
Washington, DC – As the election heats up and candidates work the campaign trail to pull in swing votes, the Distilled Spirits Council has put together a list of top cocktails you can expect to see in hotspots around the country that will play host to campaigners. “Political campaigns have always been a source of inspiration for innovative cocktails,” said Sam Lek, Head Bartender for Town & Country Lounge, a Washington, DC landmark formerly known in the 1930s, ‘40s and early 50s as the Men’s Bar because of its reputation as a place where powerful men could relax with a good cocktail. Democrats and Republicans alike have been known to wheel and deal over a cocktail, but election years, in particular, seem to breathe new life into the political mixology scene. “Even classic cocktails such as the Ward Eight or Manhattan have historical ties to campaigns,” says drink historian David Wondrich. “The Ward Eight was invented for a victory party held in honor of Martin “the Mahatma” Lomasney, the machine boss of Boston’s West End and the Manhattan was inaugurated at the Manhattan Club, a haven for wealthy New York Democrats.” The 2004 Election is no exception to this tradition as the list below boasts the newest creations inspired by this year’s political scene as well as some classics. P.C. (Politically Correct) Martini The Willard Inter-Continental Washington, DC 1 ounce vodka .5 ounce dry vermouth Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass Boston Sidecar The Willard Inter-Continental Washington, DC .5 oz Brandy 1 oz Rum Splash Triple Sec Splash Lime juice Fill rocks glass with ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon. Compassionate Conservative Rise Bar, Ritz Carlton New York, New York 1.5 ounces orange-flavored vodka Passion Fruit Puree Splash of champagne Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Red, White & Blue Martini Town & Country Lounge, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel Washington, DC Blend: 4 oz. ice 1 oz. Vodka 2 oz. Pineapple Juice 3 tbsp. Coco Lopez coconut milk 1 oz. Half and Half Pour into Martini glass. Pour ½ Tbsp. almond flavored liqueur so that it sinks to the bottom. Lightly pour ½ Tbsp. Blue Curacao along rim of glass, so that it floats on top to create red, white, and blue layers. Historical Campaign Cocktails Ward Eight 1.5 ounces Rye Whiskey ¾ ounce lemon juice ¾ ounce fresh squeezed orange juice scant tsp grenadine Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Manhattan 1ounce rye whiskey .5 ounce red vermouth 2 dashes of Orange Bitters Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a strip of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.