Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Cast Your Cocktail Vote Around the District

Cast Your Cocktail Vote Around the District

Washingtonians love their adult beverages, so it’s no surprise that election season has spawned Obama and Romney-themed libations — not to mention cocktail voting contests — around the District. Will D.C.’s choice between red and blue cocktails predict what’s to come on Nov. 6? Only time and bar tabs will tell!

District Commons: An ode to the island-born POTUS, the Blue Hawaiian at this newish Foggy Bottom spot combines El Dorado Rum and Blue Curacao with pineapple juice and an orange twist. Leaning right? Choose the “Mitt” Julep with Bulleit bourbon and mint simple syrup — just choose wisely: District Commons and all of Passion Food Hospitality’s ventures are keeping tally (2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-587-8277).

Bar Dupont: You don’t have to be on Capitol Hill to get political over cosmopolitans; this swanky Dupont Circle bar is featuring the classic cocktail in traditional form as the Grand Ole Punch and with Blue Curacao as Drink it Forward (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-797-0169). Early reports show Oabama’s bevvie leading three-to-one.

Art and Soul: Art Smith’s Capitol Hill eatery is featuring eight different Swing State Cocktails ($13) through January 31. We’re intrigued by the especially seasonal Patriot (New Hampshire’s bevvie — pumpkin puree with bourbon and lemon/lime syrup), the Peanut Butter Buckeye (Ohio — vodka, peanut butter syrup and chocolate powder rim) and the Meat and Potato (Iowa), which includes house oaked vodka and candied bacon. Wear your “I voted” sticker to the bar on Nov. 6 and enjoy one free swing state cocktail when you purchase the first (415 New Jersey Ave. Nw; 202-393-7777).

Poste Moderne Brasserie: Even independents get their own cocktail at Poste, where head bartender Jason Wiles has created three special beverages for election season. The $14 Bi-Partisan Martini (which calls for, appropriately, “equal parts of everything”) features Plymouth gin and Dolin Blanc vermouth with dashes of orange and lemon bitters. A Blue State of Mind ($12) will delight Dems with St. Germain, Bluecoat gin, lime juice and rosemary, while the Tea Partier ($12) is a rum-spiked citrus and chamomile tea. All three are available for just $10 on election day, when the bar will be open until 1 a.m. with happy hour specials available all day (555 8th St. NW; 202-783-6060).

The Mayflower Hotel: This classic Dupont hotel is staying politically correct with a collection of new “Political Harmony” cocktails. Order up the Punching Gnomes (Jim Beam’s cinnamon-spiced Red Stag bourbon with sweet vermouth, lemon juice and Prosecco) the Scallywagger (Maker’s Mark, pomegranate liqueur, maple syrup and citrus wedges), or the Filibuster (Knob Creek, Campari and sweet Vermouth) while people-watching in the lobby for famous (and infamous) faces (1127 Connecticut Ave. Nw; 202-347-3000).

Topaz Bar
: Theodore Roosevelt’s home once stood where the Topaz Hotel is today, so it’s fitting that the bar is featuring two official 2012 Campaign Cocktails. The Romney Float ($5) is an appropriately non-alcoholic (but still spike-able) concoction of Old Dominion root beer and whipped heavy cream with a “salted lake” (get it?!) caramel drizzle, while Obama’s Home Sweet Home ($9) adds a Hawaiian spin on D.C.’s native cocktail, the Rickey, with a splash of pineapple.

Lincoln: As of this post, the Elephant (a red libation made with rhubarb-infused whiskey, homemade strawberry liquor, lime juice and bitters) is leading Lincoln’s Cocktail Voter Poll. Cast your vote with this or the opposing Donkey cocktail (blackberry-infused gin, ginger syrup, lime juice and bitters) through election day (1110 Vermont Ave. NW; 202-386-9200).

Daily Grill: Fresh off a bar makeover, the Daily Grill is featuring a drinking poll of its own. Orders of Chicago’s Goose Island beer count toward Obama, while pints of Boston's Sam Adams equal votes for Romney. Enjoy a special price on both — just $5 — through the election.

Top: Election drinks at Poste; Bottom: Wisconsin Swing State Cocktail at Art and Soul

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
A Twin Peaks Themed Bar is Opening in California

A Twin Peaks Themed Bar is Opening in California

TV show themed bars are nothing new at this point, but that doesn't make this one any less exciting, especially for David Lynch fans, as Eater LA repo...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Dec 12, 2017
Ring The Alarm! A Brooklyn Brewery Just Released Bieryonce, A Beer Dedicated to Queen B

Ring The Alarm! A Brooklyn Brewery Just Released Bieryonce, A Beer Dedicated to Queen B

The female owned and operated Lineup Brewery has released Bieryonce, a German pilsner named after and dedicate...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Dec 5, 2017
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
How to Count Down to the Holiday Season (With Drinks) in D.C.

How to Count Down to the Holiday Season (With Drinks) in D.C.

As kids, the excitement of counting down the days to open all those presents under the tree was a feeling that's hard to replicate - until you've reac...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Dec 5, 2017
This Winemaker is Releasing A 'Saturday Night Live' Line

This Winemaker is Releasing A 'Saturday Night Live' Line

Live from New York, it's Saturday Night Wine! Your late-night Saturday drinking choices just got more thematic, as winemaker Lot18, in collaboration w...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 30, 2017
Remnants of the World's Oldest Wine Found in Georgia

Remnants of the World's Oldest Wine Found in Georgia

Researchers have found 8000-year-old pottery in Georgia that contains remnants of wine compounds, making it the earliest evidence found thus far of wi...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Nov 28, 2017
Where to Toast to Repeal Day 2017 in D.C.

Where to Toast to Repeal Day 2017 in D.C.

Here's where you should celebrate the 84th anniversary of the end of forced tee-totaling. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Nov 28, 2017
Do You Realize The Flaming Lips are Teaming Up with Dogfish Head?

Do You Realize The Flaming Lips are Teaming Up with Dogfish Head?

In early 2018, the Flaming Lips will take a break from battling pink robots and crowd-surfing in giant balloon...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 28, 2017
Things No One Asked For: The SIXOVERONE, A Multi-Bottle Opener

Things No One Asked For: The SIXOVERONE, A Multi-Bottle Opener

SIXOVERONE is making a six-bottle opener, just in case you don't have time to open each bottle individually....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Nov 27, 2017
You Can Now Get Whisky in Pouches

You Can Now Get Whisky in Pouches

Those who long for the days of drinking Capri Suns but also enjoy tasting new Scotch whiskies every month are in for a treat, as there is now a servic...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 27, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close