Thirsty Thursday: Election Cocktails

Okay, so these were technically made for the debates, but I’d say these candidate-inspired cocktails will be great all the way through November 8th.

Take a look at the drinks that (I didn’t even know that website existed… shame on me!) and theSkimm chose to represent each candidate, and then have a great time drinking every time one of your old high school classmates decides to voice his/her unwanted opinion on social media! Also – please drink responsibly.


Tall and golden like a gilded casino tower, this choice is anything but subtle.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • .5 oz Goldschläger gold-leaf cinnamon schnapps
  • Orange juice

Garnish: Orange wheel and cotton candy

Pour the vodka and Goldschläger into an ice-filled Collins glass, and top with the orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and big puff of cotton candy.


With a strong tea (party) base and a deep red color, it’s the (side)kick you need to start your night.

Garnish: Cherries

Prepare the tea according to package instructions and let cool. Pour the prepared tea and bourbon into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with a splash of club soda, and garnish with cherries.


A riff on the classic Democrat cocktail, this option’s a little stiffer than the one you might ordinarily choose.

  • 2.5 oz gin
  • 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • .5 oz peach liqueur
  • 5 oz honey syrup*
  • Soda water

Garnish: Lemon wheel

Pour all of the ingredients except the soda water into an ice-filled Collins glass, stir, and top with the soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Honey syrup: Heat equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan, and stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Cool and store refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Even though it may not be the most exciting cocktail, pretty much everyone loves this super sweet “dad drink.”

Garnish: Apple fan

Pour the rum into an ice-filled Collins glass, and top with cola. Garnish with an apple fan, and serve with a big smile.


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