Drinks to Celebrate or Mourn the 2016 Election
Politics is often the third rail of business. Say the wrong thing or admit to supporting a candidate that a customer doesn’t like, and a sweet business relationship can go down the crapper faster than sliders the day after a visit to White Castle. Unless politics is somehow directly tied to your business, you are almost always better off avoiding the subject. Even if you know your political leanings are in sync with a customer or client, word of which side you’re on might get out and cause friction with another one.
Of course, keeping one’s political thoughts isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of passionate and politically active distillery owners who feel it’s their duty to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of any potential blowback. I salute you for your willingness to stand up for your beliefs, no matter what they are.
Then there’s the fun part where snarky people can recommend drinks to the winners and losers of one of the roughest political seasons we’ve ever seen. Here are some drinks, just for fun and laughs for all the Trump and Hillary supporters out there, with a nod to the 3rd party voters.
For the Hillary Supporters
Get some straight up, hillbilly moonshine – preferably from Arkansas. It’s the strongest drink out there, and after such an upsetting defeat that came out of left field, (or right field in your case) Hillary supporters will need massive amounts of alcohol. Four to eight years of Trump, you’re going to need it.
It’s orange and was given its kick thanks to Russia, just like our new president. Plus it will get you drunk. No apologies here. That joke was too easy to pass up.
1.5 oz Vodka
6 oz orange juiceFor Trump Supporters
The Crooked Hillary (Crooked Monkey)
1 shot100 proof vodka
1 shot Irish whiskey
That’s what WikiLeaks says the recipe is anyway, straight from a deleted Yoga email.
Political Scandal (Royal Scandal)
A great drink to have before giving a deposition. Being too drunk to remember what you did is a good way to avoid answering unpleasant questions.
1 part Crown Royal
1 part Southern Comfort peach liqueur
1 part amaretto almond liqueur
1 splash sweet and sour mix
1 splash pineapple juice
Gary Johnson Supporters
Absinthe, or anything else not legal in most states. Or whatever you want. It’s a free country.
Dr. Jill Stein Supporters
Grab an O’Doul’s. It’s ABV percentage is the about the same percentage of votes she got on Tuesday.
Don’t Let Politics Destroy Relationships
Seriously though. There is a good chance that all of you have close friends and family who fall about as opposite as can be to your political views. Don’t let a bad year cause bad blood. Both parties had their problems this go around which made it easy to forget that we are all Americans, even if we do have some major disagreements and problems to overcome.
Here is something for all of you to do the first chance you get. Go to those friends and family who are on different sides of the political fence, and share this drink with them. Because no matter what, we are all in this together and fighting each other without end isn’t going to do anyone any good. So make one of these and celebrate the fact that we live in the greatest country on Earth no matter who lives in the White House.
A Drink for Us All
The All American
If this isn’t the time when we need this drink the most, I don’t know what is.
1 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz Southern Comfort peach liqueur
2 oz Coca-Cola