Election day champagne cocktails ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

06 November 2012

Election day champagne cocktails

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 curaƧao--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.

French 75

1.25 oz gin
.25 oz simple syrup OR 2 tsp powdered sugar
.25 oz lemon juice
dry champagne
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?


Jes said...

Mmm French 75s! Not very 'American,' but totally up my alley. Fingers crossed for the better result!!!

Michelle said...

I have had my ballot in for almost two weeks now. Thanks, mail-in ballots!

Yum! We're going to an election party at our neighborhood bar. They're offering drink specials all night, but you get a glass of champagne if their choice wins or milk if it's the other candidate. Funny stuff!

cquek said...

This beautiful dish of yumminess would definitely get me back on track…

Joanne said...

I REALLY could have used a cocktail that night...especially since my boyfriend and I are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. These look great!