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The Swing State Cocktail

The Swing State Cocktail

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This is one of the strongest, yet tastiest, cocktails we’ve ever created using ingredients inspired by swing states—just in time to help get you through the election.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces overproof bourbon, such as Old Grand-Dad 114 Proof Bourbon, divided
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth, such as Atsby Armadillo Cake, divided
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice, divided
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice, divided
  • ½ ounce simple syrup, divided
  • 6 dashes Peychaud’s bitters, divided
  • 8 ounces lager, such as Yuengling
  • Small orange wedges (for garnish)
  • American flags and patriotic straws (for serving; optional)

Recipe Preparation

  • Fill a gallon-sized, resealable plastic bag with about 4 cups ice cubes. Using a rolling pin, crack (don’t crush) ice. You can also do this by wrapping a clean kitchen towel around the cubes and smacking them, but be prepared for ice shards to escape out the sides.

  • Fill 2 pint glasses with cracked ice. Combine 2 oz. bourbon, 1 oz. vermouth, ½ oz. orange juice, ¼ oz. lemon juice, ¼ oz. simple syrup, and 3 dashes bitters in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with cracked ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds. Pour into prepared glass. Repeat with remaining 2 oz. simple syrup, and 3 dashes bitters. Top with lager and more ice. Garnish with orange wedges; serve with American flags and patriotic straws, if desired.

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"Long Night Long Drink." (Credit: Q Mixers)

CALIFORNIA — No matter one's political party, the 2020 election has proved stress-inducing to many Golden State voters.

For those who plan to watch as vote counts come in Tuesday night, perhaps a cocktail, particularly an election-themed one, may ease the jitters and possibly even add a festive vibe.

The following recipes, including one "red" and one "blue" from mixologists at Q Mixers, could be just what's needed to get you through the night.


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Sweet Talking Son Cocktail

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Elderflower Old Fashioned

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Thousand-Dollar Mint Julep

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3 Election-Themed Cocktails (200 Calories or Less!)

It's Election Day Eve! Tomorrow, you might be a little election-weary, or maybe you'll be ready to celebrate. Either way, you might need a drink. Might I suggest you rock your vote with one of these election-y cocktails--each 200 calories or less?

The Lobbyist, the Capitol Hill, and the Scallywagger. Vote for your favorite now! (Just kidding.)

Do you plan on drinking on election night? It's obviously not a "must," but there sure are a lot of people who watch the votes come in with a cocktail in-hand. The New York Times Magazine had a funny vignette from Mario Batali, who says he starts the night off with dinner and wine, then takes shots of amaro with each report from a swing state, then switches over to espresso or grappa, depending on the results that come in from Ohio.

Anyway! These recipes come to you courtesy of Renaissance Hotels (where you can also order them to drink):

__The Lobbyist (175 calories)

Stir vodka, vermouth and pickle brine together in a mixing glass filled with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass or serve on the rocks. Garnish with gherkin and lemon twist.

__Capitol Hill (175 calories)

2 dashes Bitter Truth JT Decanter's Bitters

In a mixing glass, add all ingredients with ice and stir, strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice with star anise.

__Scallywagger (200 calories)

1 oz Maker's Mark (or Knob Creek Rye for a spicier taste)

2 orange wedges, cut into halves

2 lemon wedges, cut into halves

In a mixing glass, muddle the citrus wedges with maple syrup, then add Pama and whiskey. Shake with ice and pour (do not strain) into a wine glass (or rocks glass).

Garnish with orange and lemon slices on the rim.

Are you having an election party tomorrow night? What's on the menu?


The Porch Swing

Looking for a refreshing summer drink? Try this one on for size. On Sunday night, we went over to our friends Mark and Diana’s and they served up a delightful twist on the Pimm’s Cup, a cocktail called The Porch Swing which they learned from Blue Smoke in New York (the restaurant that also catered their wedding). What’s nice about it is it’s not too sweet, it’s not too alcoholic, it’s not too bubbly, but it’s very satisfying on a hot day. Here’s how you make it.


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This refreshing drink does not actually contain lemonade, rather it is a combination of lemon-lime soda, sweet and sour mix, triple sec and good old Tennessee-style whiskey. This cocktail was created and promoted by the Jack Daniels distillery in the early 1980s. The distillery is based in Lynchburg, TN, hence the namesake for this beverage.

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Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving)

  • 1.5 ounce Tennessee Whiskey, such as Jack Daniels
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 2-4 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1 lemon wheel for garnish

Directions
Combine whiskey, triple sec, and sweet and sour mix with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into pint glass, top with the lemon-lime soda and garnish with a zesty lemon wheel.

A Twist
To enhance the citrus mix, consider adding a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.

For a spicy spin on this drink, muddle 1-2 slices of jalapeno pepper and shake with the mixture. Garnish with another slice of pepper. Enjoy!


1) Flip both U.S. Senate seats up for election

2) Compete for the state&rsquos 16 Electoral College votes

3) Break unified Republican control of the state government by flipping the Georgia State House

1) Flip the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Joni Ernst. She's running against Theresa Greenfield.

2) Compete for the state&rsquos six Electoral College votes

3) Break unified GOP control of the state government by flipping the Iowa State House


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Election day is Tuesday, November 3. And while this has been a contentious election season, one thing we can surely all agree on is the value of a good cocktail! We’ve rounded up a collection of spritzes, vodka cocktails, and gin cocktails to carry you through the long wait of election night (and beyond!).

Mix up one of the below to keep you company as you watch the results come in on Election Night.

Berry Glad You Voted

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Vegas Baby Vodka
.5 oz. Lemon juice
Muddled blueberries
Muddled raspberries
Muddled basil
Splash of club soda

Directions:
Muddle the blueberries, raspberries, and basil. Add to shaker with ice, vodka, and lemon juice. Shake. Strain into a highball glass and top with club soda. Garnish with skewered berries.

Recipe courtesy of Vegas Baby Spirits.

Long Night Long Drink

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Gin
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp Agave
5 oz Q Mixers Tonic
Garnish – mint sprig & lemon wheel

Directions:
Shake first three ingredients and strain into ice filled highball glass, top with Q Mixers Tonic. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

Recipe courtesy of Q Mixers.

Swing State Spritz

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Dry Vermouth
5 oz Q Mixers Tonic
3 oz Sparkling Wine
Garnish – mint sprig & lemon wheel

Directions:
Build drink in a large wine glass over ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel

Recipe courtesy of Q Mixers.

Running Mate Mule – Red

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
5 oz Q Mixers Hibiscus Ginger Beer
Garnish – 1 half lemon wheel

Directions:
Build drink in mule mug – stir gently, garnish & serve. Garnish with half lemon wheel.

Recipe courtesy of Q Mixers.

Running Mate Mule – Blue

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Blue Curacao
0.5 oz Lemon juice
5 oz Q Ginger Beer
Garnish – 1 half lemon wheel

Directions:
Build drink in mule mug – stir gently, garnish & serve. Garnish with half lemon wheel.


pimm's, elderflower, grapefruit, cranberry bitters, hibiscus flowers

apple brandy, chamomile honey, earl grey bitters, cranberry, apple, blood orange

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Enjoy 12-16 cocktails so everyone can join in on the fun. Great for dinner parties, client or employee gifts, and the everyday cocktail aficionado.

We feature fun and delicious cocktail recipes in curated themed kits. Choose between a monthly subscription or single boxes delivered right to your door. Alcohol deliveries are shipped separately or on demand in certain locations.

Unbox the party and shake up unique, locally sourced ingredients from our Crafted Taste partners. Choose between mixers only or kits with alcohol. We find the best and you do the rest.

Enjoy 12-16 cocktails so everyone can join in on the fun. Great for dinner parties, client or employee gifts, and the everyday cocktail aficionado.

We feature fun and delicious cocktail recipes in curated themed kits. Choose between a monthly subscription or single boxes delivered right to your door. Alcohol deliveries are shipped separately or on demand in certain locations.

Unbox the party and shake up unique, locally sourced ingredients from our Crafted Taste partners. Choose between mixers only or kits with alcohol. We find the best and you do the rest.

Enjoy 12-16 cocktails so everyone can join in on the fun. Great for dinner parties, client or employee gifts, and the everyday cocktail aficionado.


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Shop wines online, with in-store and at-home delivery options available. Then, swing by to stock your at-home bar with our vast selection of in-store premium spirits and liquors today.