Drawing Party Lines with a Cocktail

There are pins and T-shirts, front-yard signs and bumper stickers, sippy cups and key chains -- the sundry memorabilia and tchotkes that say I Heart You Presidential Candidate Blue or Red. And now, with the presidential nomination season just five weeks to go, there's the cocktail. Brought to you by the folks at Skyy, there's a color-coded cocktail campaign coming to a lounge near you.

"Barack's Rocks." (Courtesy Skyy)

For Blue enthusiasts, Skyy is recommending Barack's Rocks, a drinky drink made the color of Windex, thanks to the addition of blue curacao. In non-election season, you might know this concoction as a "blue lagoon."

Sips for Thought: Do you think they picked this one because of Obama's Hawaiian birth roots? Do we know if he even likes vodka? And is the window cleaner blue just a tad too girly for the senator? The recipe, below, calls for a slice of pear as garnish; because the pear is a fall fruit, let's add some in-season blueberries or blackberries instead, shall we? After all, those pears wouldn't be working with the Dem's Lean 'N Green Guidelines that require 70 percent of all food at the upcoming convention to be either grown in Colorado and/or organic.

For Team Red, Skyy is recommending a "McCain Straight Up," a tequila-based potion flavored with pomegranate juice. If this sounds like a pom-a-rita, that's because it is.

Sips for Thought: Can you envision McCain sipping from a martini glass? The Arizona senator seems more like a vodka rocks kind of guy to me, which apparently is no longer one of his pastimes, laments NYT columnist Maureen Dowd. In light of the teetotaling, should Skyy come up with a virgin 'rita for the presumptive nominee?

"McCain Straight Up." (Courtesy Skyy)

Memo to Skyy execs: Pomegranates are in season in December -- AFTER THE ELECTION -- and are not to be found anywhere, even in California, until November. The recipe, below, will have to be adjusted accordingly -- but hey, it'd make a great Christmas-y sipper! And the suggested garnish of "1 edible petal" -- use a season mint or basil leaf instead.

One last random thing: The tequila in question is Cabo Wabo, a joint venture between Skyy and former Van Halen rocker Sammy Hagar.

Since the weekend is about to roll in, I'm rewarding you with recipe details for both cocktails. Should you decide to mix things up, please let me know how they turn out, but more importantly, if the designated drink suits the party. Actually, what I'm secretly hoping is that you'll be inspired to come up with your own original politically-motivated libations and share your bartending skills in the comments area. I'll drink to that!

Barack's Rocks
2 ounces SKYY Infusions Citrus
1 ounce blue curacao
1/2 squeezed lime
3 ounces Sprite or 7-Up

Shake all ingredients in a shaker and pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with a slice of pear.

McCain Straight Up
2 ounces Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
1/4 ounce simple syrup
6 pomegranate seeds (KOD note: when pom seeds are out of season, use 1 ounce pomegranate juice)
1 ounce passion fruit puree
Garnish: "1 edible petal"

Muddle pomegranate seeds in base of shaker. Add other ingredients; shake with ice and strain into chilled glass.

By Kim ODonnel |  July 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET Liquid Diet
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Has anyone seen the recent report that Tilapia, because of its high concentration of omega-6 fatty acid, is worse than hamburger and bacon? James Hall had it right when he constructed an entire thriller/novel around the evils of tilapia.

Posted by: Toro de la Baseer | July 18, 2008 7:18 AM

Toro de la Baseer
I am working on a piece about the tilapia study. Stay tuned in this space next week. A little something to chew on: It is NOT worse than hamburger and bacon. More soon.

Posted by: Kim O'Donnel | July 18, 2008 7:22 AM

What about a Blue Moon with creme de violet, from the food section a few months back? It's not the stunning windex blue that the Barak cocktail is, but then again, maybe that's a good thing... :)

Posted by: Violet | July 18, 2008 9:18 AM

You can also buy the POM liquer at the ABC store, or the pom juice at any store. If the cocktail is too sour, just add Triple Sec to sweeten it. Blue Caracuo is Triple Sec with Blue food coloring.

Posted by: East Coast | July 18, 2008 1:13 PM

They both sound delicious.

Posted by: Little Red | July 19, 2008 3:58 PM

Ruby Lemonade is both refreshing and beautiful.

Blackberry wash makes a wonderful colored based for lemonade. What's blackberry wash? You can read all about it and see a picture here:
That's the non-alcoholic version.

Now for the alcoholic version - how about Sylvie's Spirited Minty Ruby Lemonade?

For one cocktail
1 oz vodka
3/4 oz FRESHLY squeezed lemon juice, strained - please no bottled juice!
1 oz simple mint syrup
2 oz Lillet Blanc
Pour all in tall glass fill with ice. Top off with blackberry wash

Simple Mint Syrup: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, brought to boil. Boil for 20 seconds. Remove from heat and drop a handful of roughly chopped mint. Cover and let steep an hour. Strain (press on mint to extraxt syrup). Chill.

Sip responsibly.


Posted by: Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener | July 20, 2008 3:08 PM

How about the "Geritol Gin Fizz" for McCain:
1/3 Geritol
1/3 Gin
1/3 club soda

Posted by: Bruce | July 24, 2008 11:41 AM

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