Strong cocktail recipes to get you through Election Night

It’s almost here. November 9 and sweet relief (sort of) are just days away. But first, we have to get through November 8.

"Suze, Susie, Suzy" rests on the bar at home at Hudson Hill on 13th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
"Suze, Susie, Suzy" rests on the bar at home at Hudson Hill on 13th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
A cocktail at Hudson Hill on 13th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s almost here. November 9 and sweet relief (sort of) are just days away. But first, we have to get through November 8.

Tensions having been running high for months and months and months, so you can be forgiven for needing a strong cocktail or two to get you through the culimnating moment of this shouty stress test election cycle.

Allow us to make some suggestions.

Negroni

A classic, easy-to-make, all-alcohol beverage.

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • Orange twist

Pour gin, vermouth and Campari into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Sazerac

Taste the South, get tipsy.

  • 1.5 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • 1 barspoon absinthe (or Pernod)
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Lemon peel
  • water

This is a tricky one. Per Chowhound: “Put the sugar cube in a mixing glass with just enough water to moisten it. Use the back of a barspoon to crush the cube. Add the rye, both bitters and ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Add the absinthe to a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Turn the glass to coat the sides with the absinthe, then pour out the excess. Strain the rye mixture into the absinthe-coated glass. Twist and squeeze the lemon peel over the glass. Rub the rim of the glass with the peel, drop it into the cocktail, and serve.”

Aunt Roberta

For when you need one drink to get the job done but don’t want a Long Island Iced Tea.

  • 1 shot brandy
  • 3 shots vodka
  • 2 shots absinthe
  • 1.5 shots gin
  • 1 shot blackberry liqueur

Yeah. Careful with this one.

Swinging Chad

A throwback election cocktail.

According to Esquire, you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces golden rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Pernod
  • ginger ale

Pour everything but the ginger ale into a cocktail shaker along with some ice and stir. Pour it unstrained in a Collins glass and top it off with ginger ale. Serve with an umbrella in which you’ve cut some holes.

My dad’s martini recipe

A family classic for when you want to be like my dad, I guess.

  • 3 ounces of good gin
  • 5 olives

Pour the gin into a chilled glass. Add olives. Whisper “vermouth” over the top.

Bourbon

For when all else fails, which it might.

Bad at measuring? Too tired, distraught or lazy? Try this simple recipe.

  • Pour (generously) bourbon into glass
  • Put glass to mouth
  • Pour bourbon into mouth

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.