Candidate cocktails

Whether you’ll be toasting to triumph or drowning out defeat once the polls close, these four election-night libations will win over even the most partisan of voters. And they come Grist-tested, Grist approved*.

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*Approval of a candidate’s cocktail does not indicate endorsement by Grist or its employees. Just a drunken good time. Please enjoy (and vote) responsibly.

Maverick Martini
This straight shooter will have you striking bipartisan deals before you know it.

1 1/2 oz. organic vodka
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. amaretto
1 oz. organic pineapple juice

Palin Polar Punch
Put this frosty party-pleaser on your list before the ice melts.

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4 liters ginger ale or lemon-lime soda pop
1 gallon lemon, raspberry, or pineapple sherbet
750 mL of a sweet organic white wine (such as reisling or pinot grigio)
1 cup (about 5 shots) lemon-flavored organic vodka
Garnish with iceberg ice cubes and mini polar bears

Obama Mama
A strong and smooth mixed drink with tropical origins. Warning: Could leave you full of hope.

1/2 oz. organic dark rum
1/2 oz. coconut rum or coconut liqueur
1/4 oz. coffee liqueur
2 oz. organic pineapple juice

Organic Cup o’ Joe
An old-fashioned favorite with international flair.

Some like it hot:

1 shot organic vanilla vodka
1 shot Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. chocolate syrup
6 oz. hot organic, fair-trade coffee

Some like it not:

1 shot organic vanilla vodka
1 shot Baileys Irish Cream
Fill remainder with coffee liqueur.
Garnish with chocolate syrup.

Guide to organic rums
Guide to sustainable vodkas