In a crazy election season filled with twists, turns, and moments more fit for reality tv than the campaign trail, you’re going to need plenty of alcoholic beverages to make it through to November 8th. Thankfully, these restaurants and bars are offering politically themed cocktails so you can imbibe while keeping up with everything that’s happening on the campaign trail. Crossing party lines never felt so good.
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, 701 Restaurant will be offering two politically themed cocktails guests can enjoy this election season: Make America Great Again (Moon Drop grape puree, spiced sorghum syrup and sherry vinegar, topped with soda and garnished with three grapes on the rim) and I’m with Her (George Dickel Rye whiskey, Flor de Cana rum, Rocky Mountain peach liqueur and apple cider vinegar garnished with a peach wedge). (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-393-0701)
Through Election NIght, Bourbon Steak will be offering four Presidential Cocktails—two former Republican presidents and two former Democratic presidents. When you order one of the speciality cocktails, you’ll be given a vintage ballot to cast into a whiskey barrel; if your ballot is pulled on Election Night, you will declared “President for the Day” at Bourbon Steak and receive a complimentary dinner for two and one free night in the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-944-2026)
The Capitol Hill restaurant will have a special Swing State Cocktails menu this fall, paying homage to key states in this year’s election. There are nine drinks in all (seven representing the swing stages and two for the candidates). The Panhandle (pictured above) is an homage to Florida with Bayou Spiced, Bayou Silver, agave and lime. Sample the Madame President (Few Breakfast Gin, Chartreuse Green, Leopold Maraschino, fresh lime, sugar topped with Paul Louie Cremantand—pictured below) and The Donald (Stoli Orange, Chambord, pear puree, fresh lemon, and sugar) while watching the remaining debates. (415 New Jersey Ave. NW; 202-393-7777)
The stylish Mexican-inspired restaurant in Shaw will have two cocktails on the seasonal beverage menu paying homage to the election. Try The Apprentice (mezcal, Campari, orange juice and soda) and Madam Presidenta (mezcal, Blue Curacao, El Dorado eight year rum, lime and Orgeat syrup). Both cocktails are $11 and available through Election Night. (1250 9th St. NW; 202-621-9695)
Guests are invited to sip on two election-themed cocktails and cast their vote for their respective candidates. Choose between Build That Wall (Muscat Grape puree, spiced honey syrup, Champagne vinegar, topped with soda and garnished with three grapes) or Madam President (Cynar, lemon juice, Giffard Abricot, Angostura Rum and sparkling wine, topped with an orange twist). Both cocktails are $12 and will be available through Election Night. (800 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-463-8700)
The classy underground bar, famous for hosting politicians will have four election-themed cocktails named for the candidates and their running mates available through Election Night. Guests can sip on drinks like Hillary’s Last Word (Bombay Sapphire, lime juice, green chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino and grenadine); Kainenhattan (Plantation Rum, Antica Formula red vermouth and angostura bitters); Trumpy Sour (Knob Creek bourbon whiskey, whiskey barrel-aged bitters, lemon and honey) and Pence’s Tea Party (Laphroaig 10-year whiskey, Oban 14-year whiskey, Amaretto Disaronno, Benedictine, orange juice, ginger syrup and vanilla extract). (16th & H St. NW; 202-942-7599)
The Turkish restaurant will be offering two special aptly-named cocktails during the election season. Patrons can lean left with The Pantsuit (vodka, lime juice, house-made fresh peppermint shrub, topped with sparkling wine) or side right with The Side Sweep (gin, fresh muddled basil, strawberry, raspberry, lime-honey water and blue raki). (425 I St. NW; 202-847-0395)
Photos of Art and Soul's cocktails via Ronald Flores
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