Presidential Election Cocktails & Food In DC: Where It’s At!

What with the presidential campaigns at our doorstep this week, we figured that, following the old BYT adage “NO MATTER WHAT-YOU’LL WANT TO BE DRINKING” – we’d round up some drink and food specials to make these go down ever so smoothly. You and your hangover for the next month are (more than) welcome.

Election Cocktails from Founding Farmers

Sick of talking politics? This election season, Founding Farmers has something both parties can agree on: delicious handcrafted cocktails. Keep it bipartisan and sip on The Constitution ($12), a potent mix of gin-infused with chamomile tea, ginger and blueberries, with fresh lemon juice and a splash of seltzer.

If you like it a bit spicier, enhance your debate-viewing experience with the El Presidente ($9), made with Ron Matusalem Platino Rum, fresh lime, muddled pineapple, and house made grenadine. No need to choose sides – both of these lovely concoctions are available at Founding Farmers DC (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) and MoCo’s Founding Farmers (12505 Park Potomac, Montgomery County MD).

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Mint Romneyand Barockin’ Mai Tai at JW Marriott‘s Bar & Lounge

The lounge where the Rickey was invented offers cocktails and wings inspired by the candidates. Specialty drinks include the Mint Romney and Barockin’ Mai Tai. Back from the previous election cycle are the Left Wings and Right Wings. The 2012 versions are Hawaiian-glazed Left Wings with fresh pineapple and Boston honey glazed Right Wings served with a mini pot of Boston-style baked beans. A miniature chocolate White House filled with chocolate truffles is available for dessert.

Election Night + Swing State Cocktails at Art and Soul

Located in the epicenter of political chaos, Art And Soul restaurant and bar will be serving a unique array of patriotic swing-state-themed cocktails in preparation for the impending presidential election this fall. Art And Soul’s award-winning mixologist, Ronald Flores, has concocted eight unique cocktails reminiscent of each swing state in the 2012 race for the White House. If you’re feeling patriotic and are also in the mood for a stiff drink, these incredibly delicious (and equally potent) beverages are available from October 1 until January 31, 2013.

Added bonus: on Election Night fuests wearing an “I Voted” sticker may purchase one cocktail from the Swing State cocktail menu (see below), and get one cocktail complimentary for a friend regardless of which side of the aisle they support.

Drinks on the menu:

  • Colorado: This beverage is certainly not for the lightweight drinker. Flores brilliantly mixed organic, dry gin from Colorado (CapRock,) with apple, basil, lemon juice, St. Germain, and sparkling wine, (garnished with a sugary, homemade gummy) to create an absolutely exquisite cocktail.
  • Nevada: This beverage pays homage to Nevada’s Mexican connection by incorporating a Mezcal base with sour mix, mint, and generous chunks of sweet watermelon.
  • Virginia: This tasty cocktail combines the spritzer taste of a local Virginia viognier, White Hall, with Smooth Ambler and ginger beer.
  • Wisconsin: Perhaps the most inventive and enticing beverage of all the swing states — this cocktail involves a generous pour of Wisconsin’s very own Death’s Door vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and Shiraz red wine, topped off with (you guessed it..) two small squares of cheddar cheese.

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Lincoln‘s Cocktail Voter Poll

Lincoln is launching the “Lincoln Cocktail Voter Poll,” predicting the winner of the 2012 Presidential Election through the sales of 2 cocktails: The Elephant and The Donkey. Lincoln will be keeping score of the cocktails sold on a blackboard at the bar, making the results visible to customers. They will also be updating the results every Friday on their Facebook and twitter page. Both The Elephant and The Donkey will be available every day after 4pm for $11.

The Donkey: Blackberry infused gin, ginger syrup, lime juice, soda

The Elephant: Rhubarb infused whiskey, home made strawberry liquor, Lime juice, bitters

Poste‘s Election Cocktails

The Bi-Partisan Martini ($14) ‘equal parts of everything’
1 ½ oz. Plymouth Gin
1 ½ oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash lemon bitters
Shaked with ice and strained into a martini glass.

The Tea Partier ($12)
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry Rum
¾ oz. Chamomile and citrus tea
¼ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. lime juice
¼ oz. agave nectar
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Shaken with ice and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

A Blue State of Mind ($12)
1 ½ oz. Bluecoat gin
½ oz. St. Germain
¼ oz. lime juice
2 in. sprig of rosemary
Vieux Carre absinthe rinse
Shaken with ice and double strained into a martini glass that has been rinsed with absinthe.

Romney Float and Obama Home Sweet Home at Topaz Bar inside Topaz Hotel

Known for its craft cocktails, the bar has a dedicated “Political Campaign” menu featuring the Romney Float (non-alcoholic blend of Old Dominion Root Beer finished with whipped cream and a “Salted Lake” caramel drizzle) and the Obama Home Sweet Home – a twist on DC’s official cocktail, the Rickey, this elixir blends Bulleit Bourbon, lime juice, club soda and a splash of pineapple juice. Topaz Bar’s presidential roots date back to the early 1900s when Theodore Roosevelt lived where the hotel now stands. Roosevelt occupied the house during his tenure as vice president to President McKinley, and also for a short while before he moved into the White House when elected in 1901.

701‘s Bipartisan Lunch

701, is offering a special three-course fixed price Bipartisan lunch with tasty appeal for all parties. 2012 ‘Rising Star’ RAMMY winner Ed Witt, the executive chef of 701’s politically correct menu, is planning to serve appetizers such as Fig and Arugula Salad with Guanciale and goat cheese, dressed with vanilla vinaigrette; Seasonal Soup or Porcini Red Wine Risotto and entrees of Chestnut and Butternut Squash Ravioli with sage brown butter and ricotta; House-Smoked Trout with shaved beets, chicory and blue cheese fondue or Five Spice Chicken Breast with bok choy and mango curry. For dessert, guests can anticipate patriotic sweets across all party lines with a Red Velvet Cake Roulade with candied almonds; Season Sorbet or Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake with smoked caramel ice cream (gluten free).

Presidential Cheeses at Park Hyatt Washington’s Bar & Lounge

Visitors to the Lounge can cast their vote through ordering cheese. Park Hyatt Washington’s Cheese Specialist Lisa Hviding has selected two blue cheeses and two red cheeses, available nightly from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The Lounge will also have a large, 35-pound wheel of “Presidential Cheese” on display, awaiting its official name on Election Day. You can sample all five, priced at $6 per ounce. Leading up to the election, Park Hyatt Washington will keep an on-going tally of blue and red cheeses ordered and will display the results in the Lounge to see if the favored cheese actually depicts the winning candidate on Tuesday, November 6.

Blue (Democrat) cheeses include Ewe’s Blue, a sheep’s milk cheese from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, New York, and Barick Obama, a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese from Lazy Lady Farm, Vermont. Red (Republican) cheeses include Red Hawk, a cow’s milk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, California and Lincoln Log, a pasteurized goat’s milk cheese from Zingerman’s Creamery, Michigan. Also on display will be the 35-pound Presidential Cheese, a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese made of Cabot Clothbound cheddar from the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Vermont.

Blue and Red Plate Specials at Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods, invites Washingtonians to try the Blue Plate and Red Plate specials, paying tribute to the fish from the home and adopted states of this year’s candidates. If you’re “Biden” your time between a “Barack” and a hard place, an executive order of Hawaiian mahi-mahi is the ticket. Or get your “Mitts” on a classic cod from New England. Whether you lean left, right or somewhere in between, you’ll fall these dishes priced at $25.95 each (tax and gratuity not included). Guests are allowed to cross party lines and even reach across the table to enjoy one or both of these delectable dishes.

The Blue Plate Special offers patrons a liberal serving of Macadamia and Coconut Crusted Mahi-Mahi with they’ll want it for four more years. The Red Plate Special of Pan Seared Cod with steamed spaghetti squash in a bourbon lobster cream sauce appeals to the 1%er but will be enjoyed by 100% of those who vote to order it. This message has been approved by Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods.

BLT Steak‘s Presidential Burger Board Menu

Obama – 8oz American Kobe Burger, Roasted Pineapple, Speck – $28

Biden (below)
8oz CAB Burger, Sloppy Joe, Melted American Cheese – $23

8oz CAB Burger, Utah Style Pastrami Stack, Swiss Cheese, “Fry” Sauce – $23

8oz CAB Burger, Wisconsin Cheddar, Nueske Bacon, Grilled Apple, Beer Battered Onion Rings – $26

Jackson 20’s $20 Election Day Prix Fixe Andrew Jackson-Inspired Dinner

Available on Election Day for $20 for those wearing an “I Voted” sticker. Chef Brian McPherson created a colonial-inspired menu based on the food that President Andrew Jackson enjoyed: (1) Shrimp Escabeche, Johnny Cakes, Chow Chow (2) Roasted Lamb Chop, Rosemary, Hoppin Johns (3) Domestic Cheese, Housemade Jam, Benne Wafers

Democrat or Republican Dozens at Georgetown Cupcake

The famed cupcake shop, made famous on “DC Cupcake” is offering (and shipping) Democrat or Republican Dozens: three Red Velvet cupcakes; three Chocolate & Buttercream cupcakes; three Vanilla & Buttercream cupcakes; and three Lava Fudge cupcakes decorated with an election-themed Democrat donkey or Republican elephant and 2012 fondant.

Pundit Burgers at Good Stuff Eatery

Good Stuff Eatery offers a burger ballot in honor of “America’s favorite political duo” James Carville (pictured below) and Mary Matalin. Carville’s burger comes toasted with roasted creole onion, southern fried pickles, cheddar cheese and a Ragin’ Cajun barbeque sauce, while Matalin’s sandwich is topped with grilled Portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, tomato, arugula and peppadew pepper mayo.

Michelle & Ann’s Cookies at Occidental Grill

Bake off with the cookie recipes that First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney submitted to Family Circle magazine. Obama’s cookies are made with white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and mint chocolate chips, while Romney’s are oatmeal with peanut butter, chocolate chips and M&Ms.

Presidential Macarons at The Sweet Lobby

Capitol Hill bakery The Sweet Lobby has dubbed itself the “Official Pastry Polling Headquarters” for this year’s election and, as such, has created cupcakes and macarons  decorated in honor of both Obama and Romney. They’re keeping track of the purchases and will be keeping folks updated on Twitter @TheSweetLobby.

Savory Presidential Bowls at California Tortilla (all locations)

The Obama’s Chicken Teriyaki Luau Bowl has Mexican rice, grilled chicken, Teriyaki sauce, stir-fry vegetables and grilled pineapple, while the Romney’s Mexican Mitt-Loaf bowl involves grilled Mexican meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, corn and a sweet and savory sauce. Both are $7.29 and the voting culminates on November 3.

Here’s a Presidential Debate Drinking Game that will give new meaning to “political buzzwords.” You can either drink for the rules that apply to your candidate, or you can choose to play the Chug Across The Aisle version: drink with both sides.

If you are drinking to Barack Obama:
Let me be clear
General Motors
Middle Class
If you are drinking to
Mitt Romney:
16 trillion
My friend
Job Creators
716 billion
Private Sector

If you know of any that we missed-please do let us know in comments. Sharing is, after all, the new caring…