Six recipes for Election-Night cocktail parties by Seattle bartenders Andrew Bohrer, Jim Romdall (of Vessel) and Jamie Boudreau (Canon).
With the presidential race too close to call, Election Night parties will be big this year. Some bars are giving it the Super Bowl treatment. But for homebodies, or hosts throwing parties in the living room, we’ve got you covered. We enlisted some of the city’s best bartenders to concoct some simple Barack Obama- and Mitt Romney-themed cocktails.
Below are six recipes, many of them three- to four-ingredient drinks that can be shaken or stirred in the time it takes to watch a campaign ad.
Sure, Romney, a Mormon, doesn’t drink. But our panel, booze men to the core, figured cocktails, not mocktails, were in order for a festive or nail-biting Republican party.
For POTUS? Beer cocktails were the majority consensus. (The White House brews honey beer.) Two beer cocktails are listed below: one easy, one ambitious, the latter for wannabe mixologists with souped-up home bars.
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Or maybe, like an undecided voter, you can’t decide which drinks to serve — well then, Mai Tais all around. President Nixon knocked back so many of these, the tiki classic was considered the White House cocktail until his, uh, short second term.
From Hawaii to Utah
Andrew Bohrer, local author of “The Best Shots You’ve Never Tried,” offers a tropical cocktail for the Hawaii-born Obama, and for Romney, a cocktail made with whiskey distilled in Mormon country (Utah), tamed with port and maple syrup.
1.5 oz vodka
1 oz passion fruit syrup*
.25 oz Aperol
Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a mint sprig
* If you can’t find passion fruit syrup, use an equal ratio of cranberry juice and passion-fruit juice.
Rockwell & Porter
1.5 oz High West Double Rye
1 oz tawny port
Dash maple syrup
Dash Peychaud’s bitter
Stir and strain over ice.
Garnish with an orange zest.
Honey and fruit
Jim Romdall, bar manager of Vessel, did a twist on a Picon Beer for Obama. For Romney, a drink for the occasional drinker, a vodka cocktail that goes down easy.
.75 oz Averna Amaro
.5 oz honey syrup (equal portion of water and honey)
12 oz pilsner or lager
Mix first two ingredients in tall glass and fill with beer.
2 oz Stolichnaya Elit vodka
.5 oz lime juice
.75 oz pineapple juice
.25 oz grenadine
Shake and strain into a chalice.
Bitters two ways
Jamie Boudreau of Canon serves a sophisticated beer cocktail at his bar on Capitol Hill, called the John Lee Hooker, a beautifully structured cocktail you can make to impress friends. For a Romney drink, he offers a refreshing take on bitters and soda, a simple concoction with vibrant notes of clove and cinnamon. The drink is tinted red.
John Lee Hooker cocktail
1 oz bourbon
¼ oz Ardbeg scotch
½ oz Averna Amaro
Maudite beer or a malty ale
3 dashes Boker’s bitters (can also use Angostura bitters)
3 dashes of chocolate bitters
¼ oz simple syrup
½ oz orange juice
1 egg white
Shake hard and strain into a coupe. Top with 1 ½ ounce of beer. Stir lightly.
The Red State
4 oz Sprite
12 dashes of Angostura bitters
Cut three orange wheels in half and place them inside a collins glass, add ice, Angostura bitters and top with Sprite. Insert straw and stir.
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