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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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