You Will Need Drinks Tonight and Here They Are

cocktailsIt’s Election Day here in the United States which means one thing: we will all need a drink tonight! It’s pretty certain that about 50% of our population is going to be disappointed tonight. Actually, it will probably be more than that since there are Republicans who are going to be upset if Donald Trump wins and there will be Democrats just as upset if Hillary wins. Whether you are celebrating tonight or drowning your sorrows, you will need a cocktail or five.

I reached out to my friend Kim Haasarud who is one of the country’s top mixologists. Kim and I  met about 100 years ago when we were both working at Houlihan’s in Times Square. I asked her to create two cocktails for today: a Nasty Woman and a Bad Hombre. No matter who you are rooting for tonight, these cocktails will cross party lines and make everyone happy.

You can go to Kim’s website Liquid Architecture. Or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Nasty Woman
1.5 oz gin
0.5 oz Creme de violette
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz pomegranate juice
Garnish: lavender sprig (to cover up the nastiness)

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lavender sprig.
Bad Hombre
1 oz tequila
1 oz Mezcal
0.75 oz banana liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
Lemon squeeze
Optional: top with gold flakes to cover up the bad hombre’ness

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice. Garnish with lemon twist. Add gold flakes.

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