Cocktail of the Week: Political Cocktails

Now that McCain & Obama are up and running, lots of mixologists are creating political themed cocktails.  Here are some of the better ones:
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The Delegate 2 parts Hornitos Reposado Tequila
1 heaping spoon agave nectar
1 part fresh lime juice
2 oz cucumber foam

To make cucumber foam, mix 4 oz each cucumber juice, sugar syrup, egg white and water. Add all to a .5 liter dessert whipper and charge with a cream bulb. Shake and chill.

In a mixing glass, dissolve the agave nectar into lime juice by stirring with a bar spoon. Add tequila and shake and strain into a half salt-rimmed cocktail glass. Top with cucumber foam. (Cocktail by Marco Tello and Damian Windsor, For Medical Purposes, Los Angeles, CA)
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Time for a Change
Bartender: Steve King and Owen Thomson, Bourbon, Washington, DC

2 1/2 parts Jim Beam Black Bourbon
1/4 part DeKuyper Signature Triple Sec
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 part Blueberry Juice
1/2 part Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
Dash of Orange Bitters

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve in a sugar rimmed martini glass.
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The Grand Ole Party
Bartender: Pat M., Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

2 parts Canadian Club Whisky
1 part DeKuyper Signature Crème de Menthe (clear)
1 part DeKuyper Blustery Peppermint Burst Schnapps

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Fill an old-fashioned glass with shaved ice, strain spirits over ice and serve with straw.
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The Running Mate
Bartender: James Lee, West End Tavern, Boulder, CO

2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 part simple syrup
2 wedges of lemon
1 slice of watermelon

Muddle lemon and watermelon with simple syrup. Add Maker’s Mark and ice. Shake and strain into a large old fashioned glass with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with a slice watermelon & lemon wheel.
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The Purple States
Bartenders: Cocktail consultants Marcos Tello and Damian Windsor, Los Angeles, CA

1 1/2 parts Courvoisier® Exclusif Cognac
3/4 parts Starbucks Coffee Liqueur
3/4 parts Knob Creek Bourbon
2 Orange Peels
Almond Cream*

Pour the Courvoisier Exclusif into a sugar-rimmed brandy snifter. In a separate mixing glass, combine the Starbucks Coffee Liqueur and Knob Creek and stir. Ignite the cognac slowly turning the snifter and rotating it so as to caramelize all the sugars on the rim of the snifter. Express the two orange peels into the brandy snifter so as to coat the inside of the glass with the caramelized orange oils. (This should create quite a spark so be careful!) Discard the orange peels. Strain the coffee liqueur/bourbon mixture directly into the brandy snifter, putting out the flame. Layer the almond cream on top of the mixture. Allow to cool and enjoy carefully as the brandy snifter may be quite hot around the rim.

*Almond Cream – Combine 2 oz. heavy whipping cream with 1/2 oz. Orgeat Syrup and shake vigorously in a glass and mixing tin for 20 slow seconds until sufficiently whipped.
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Barack’s Rocks

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1/2. Squeezed lime
3 oz. Sprite or 7up

Shake all ingredients in a shaker and pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with a slice of pear.
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McCain Straight Up

2 oz. Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
6 Fresh Pomegranate Seeds & Juice
1 oz. Fresh Passion Fruit mix
1 Edible Petal, garnish

Muddle pomegranate in base of shaker. Add other ingredients; shake with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
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The Arizona Maverick

1 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3 lemon wedges
1/2 of a ripe peach
1 oz. Champagne

Directions:  Muddle the peach and lemon in the simple syrup.  Then add the Rye and ice and shake well.  Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass.  Top off with the champagne.
Garnish: peach slice
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The Obama Cocktail for a Change

1 oz. Beefeater Gin
1/4 oz. Faretti Biscotti Liqueur OR Dimmi Italian Liqueur
1/4 oz.Cinzano Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Fee Brother’s Orange Bitters

Directions:  Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish: orange peel
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Red State Round-Up

1 oz. Herradura Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
3/4 oz. Home-made Grenadine**
1/4 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 egg white
Club Soda

Directions:  First, shake the egg white to emulsify.  Then add remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.  Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.  Top with sparkling water.
Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg and lemon wheel

**to make home-made grenadine, simply take 1 cup of store-bought pomegranate juice, and 1 cup of superfine sugar, and shake until all the sugar is dissolved.
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Blue State Build-Up

1 oz. 10 Cane Rum
1 tsp. Blue Curacao
1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters

Directions: Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish: 3 floating blueberries

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