It's election day in the US! Go vote if you haven't already!
Those of us who will be watching the results tonight will definitely need some beverages. I imagine that plenty of people wil be drinking El Presidente cocktails--rum, dry vermouth, and orange curaçao--or some variety of honey ale in honor of the White House homebrew.
But the best election night drink is champagne, of course. Champagne means you have won.
I am choosing to be optimistic. As such, let's make some champagne cocktails.
The first choice is the classic original champagne cocktail. We do two variations: one with sugar and one with gin. Both are delicious, adult, and potent.
Champagne cocktail: the classic
Put either a sugar cube or a big pinch of white sugar in the bottom of a champagne flute (or, in our case, bowl). Soak with several drops of bitters. Top with champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
Champagne cocktail: variation
Pour a little good gin and several drops of bitters into the bottom of a champagne flute (or, again, bowl). Top with champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
Of course, if you're feeling fancy, you can branch out and use both sugar and gin. I recommend the French 75.
1.25 oz gin
.25 oz simple syrup OR 2 tsp powdered sugar
.25 oz lemon juice
twist of lemon
Shake the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
Be sure to eat something with this last one, as it's super potent.
Happy election night! What are you guys drinking?