Election night survival kit: Cocktails to celebrate -- or numb the pain




Apparently Election Day is nigh, and didn’t that sneak up quickly? It’s as if there’s hardly been any news, commercials or existential panic about it at all. 

Riiiiiiiiight. So, who needs a drink?

Whether it’s to soothe the nerves as the returns come in, ease angst over America’s imminent demise should your candidate not win, or just to celebrate it’s over (for now), here are recipes from top bartenders in Pittsburgh to get you through what promises to be an interesting night:

Cortney Buchanan / Butcher and The Rye, Downtown

Drink: The Bipartisan (a fall Manhattan)

1 ounce Red State bourbon

1 ounce Blue State bourbon (can sub 2 ounces Kentucky Straight bourbon)

1 ounce Berentzen apple liqueur

2 dashes of Fee Brothers aromatic bitters

Orange peel and cherry garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice, vigorously stir, strain and serve on ice as desired.

On the election: “I hate the process, I hate the divisiveness … but this election season remember what’s important: drinking more whiskey.”

 

Sean “The Admiral” Enright / Tiki Bar, South Side

Drink: The Bad Hombre Daiquiri

1½ ounces Ilegal Mezcal

¾ ounce orange juice

¼ ounce lime juice

¼ ounce Green Chartreuse

½ ounce Barrow’s Intense Ginger liqueur

¼ ounce Demerara simple syrup

2 dashes of orange bitters

Orange peel garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice, vigorously shake, strain twice in daiquiri glass. Rub orange peel on rim and stem of glass for added aromatic effect.

On the election: “When I hear about ‘The Wall’ I still think about Reagan and Gorbachev.”

 

Lucky Munro / Acacia, South Side

Drink: The Purple State

1½ ounces Maggie’s Farm rum

½ ounce Ilegal Mezcal

¾ ounce lime juice

½ ounce orgeat syrup

½ ounce Killepitsch liqueur

1½ ounces Butterfly tea

Directions:

Brew tea, set aside. Combine rum and Mezcal with lime juice and orgeat syrup, set aside.

Shake tea with ice, pour. Add Killeptisch, stir. Add liquor mix, stir. Cocktail should go from blue, to red to purple.

How his drink reflects the election: “This election has been very divisive, and this drink is about bringing people together, and many good nights are shared over a good tipple.”

 

Ariel Scalise / Tender Bar + Kitchen, Lawrenceville

Drink: A Rock and a Hard place

1 dash Angostura bitters

2 dashes cherry bitters

¼ teaspoon activated charcoal

1½ ounces Larceny bourbon

¾ ounce Ruby port

½ ounce Licor 43

¼ ounce Laird’s Apple brandy

Ardbeg spritz

Directions: Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice, vigorously stir, strain and serve on ice as desired.

How her drink reflects the election: “The charcoal gives kind of a dark, dismal effect, which is what a lot of people are feeling this election cycle.”

 

Dan Gigler: dgigler@post-gazette.com; Twitter @gigs412.





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