We’re guessing a few members of the Democratic National Committee could use a drink right now.
But hey, no one needs a good reason to have a delicious cocktail. We reached out to local bartenders and asked them devise some DNC-inspired recipes. These five summery drinks could be right for your next party, lounging at home, sipping as you watch the speeches or taking the edge off as the nation’s politics gives us another dumpster fire.
Hot Button Issue
Several bartenders were pumped to make spicy drinks. (Care to guess why?) But SkyGarten’s Jesse Cornell wasn’t aiming to make a drink that would support a particular candidate. This drink is a spin on something Cornell regularly serves. The jalapeño-infused Espolon blanco tequila places it at a certain sweet spot: Wusses need not come near it; spice lovers will get their life.
What is Cornell looking forward to with the convention in town? “Surge pricing on my Ubers,” he says sarcastically. More seriously, he thinks big events, like last year’s papal visit, can get locals upset, but “it’s not that bad. It’s just a few extra people,” he says. “I’m psyched to get some more bodies in here.” SkyGarten has special DNC hours this week—open Monday through Saturday.
“Hot Button Issue”
by Jesse Cornell at SkyGarten
1½ oz jalapeño-infused Espolon Blanco tequila
3 oz fresh lemonade
Pour tequila in your glass of choice over ice. Add lemonade. Finish with Aperol on top.
The Nancy Pelosi
Myles Carroll, who mixes cocktails over at 1 Tippling Place, had a goal with this drink: yummy, summery and accessible. “I didn’t want to get to esoteric or nerdy about it,” he says. He wanted to make “something that everyone would like.”
This drink is versatile, inoffensive, but certainly no pushover. That gave us Nancy. Carroll’s bar has also extended its hours. It’ll be open one extra day: Today!
by Myles Carroll at 1 Tippling Place
1½ oz gin
½ oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
¾ oz lemon juice
½ oz housemade grenadine*
1 to 2 oz club soda
Mint sprig for garnish
Garnish with mint sprig.
Pour ½ cup of 100% pomegranate into a shaker. Add ½ cup of sugar and 1 oz pomegranate molasses (optional). Shake until combined, around 2-3 minutes. Then add an ounce of brandy or vodka and store in fridge. Will last a month or more.
The Donkey Show
There are going to so many parties this week. We’d bet that at many of them, politicos, still in their suits, are quietly going to be burning to act a damn fool. This might be the perfect drink for that lot.
“The Donkey Show”
by Jesse Cornell at Skygarten
1½ oz Bluecoat gin
2 dashes orange bitters
Schofferhoffer (grapefruit wheat beer)
Pour gin into beer glass. Top with Schofferhoffer. Drizzle orange bitters. Garnish with orange wedge.
The Bernie Sanders
Of course Carroll had go to peppery with this one. “Jalapeños have a different flavor than habaneros,” he explains, ” and Thai chiles have a different flavor than the banana peppers I use here…a bright citrus flavor.”
“The Bernie Sanders”
by Myles Carroll at 1 Tippling Place
1½ oz blanco tequila
½ oz mezcal
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz rasberry syrup
½ of a banana pepper
Muddle pepper into the rest of the ingredients in a shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with other half of pepper. Note: Make sure not to touch sensitive parts of your body after handling pepper (eyes, mouth, etc.).
The Hillary Clinton
“The idea is every mom loves wine,” Stephanie Atkins, bartender at Ela. No, no, it’s not one of those wine cocktails—this is for a classy broad, one who doesn’t mind bitters. Plus, the drink isn’t complete without a nice pour of cherry liqueur. “There’s a bitter element because it hasn’t been easy [for her], but then it’s finished with blood of her enemies,” Atkins explains. (You can see more her concoctions on Instagram @cocktail_vixen.)
“The Hillary Clinton”
by Stephanie Atkins at Ela
1 oz Lillet
1 oz Breckenridge Bitters liqueur
1 oz Sauvignon Blanc
Dash Angostura bitters
¼ oz Cherry Heering