All hail these political cocktails


Whether you are rejoicing in celebration, or trudging through shock and disappointment, it’s highly likely you have an opinion about this year’s historically rocky election. We’ve rounded up the top post-election cocktails to match your sentiments as we say farewell to President Obama and look forward to the future of President Trump.

You’re in the happy camp

O Captain, My Captain and Exit Right

For those excitedly looking toward Trump to sail the ship and lead the country, this Walt Whitman reference takes on new meaning at Rare Form. This poetic cocktail is made with white rum, fresh lime, Angostura bitters, and a dash of sugar. Right-wingers will enjoy the Exit Right, with Blanco Tequila, Aperol, Velvet Falernum, fresh pineapple, fresh lime and cinnamon.

Rare Form, 793 J St., downtown, 619.255.6507,

Manhattan Exchange and Alaskan Rose

Picture Trump Tower and the NY Stock Exchange with this Kettner Exchange cocktail made with rye, sweet vermouth, Carpano Bianco, and Angostura bitters. If you’re a fan of Sarah Palin (and even if you aren’t, you can enjoy it tongue-in-cheek), the Alaskan Rose version of the popular Oaxacan Rose pleases with gin, Cocchi Rosa, and grapefruit bitters

Kettner Exchange, 2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.2001,

You are not a happy camper

Garden Of Madness and Gloom Coil

From the mudslinging and name-calling to the final outcome, the whole election season tested everyone’s sanity. Now it’s time to soothe your woes with some cocktails from Kindred. Walk through the Garden of Madness with gin, Dry Curaçao, lime, rice nectar, red bell pepper, basil and Scarborough Bitters or let the Gloom Coil match your despair with smoky Mezcal, Créme De Peche, lemon, and tamarind.

Kindred, 1503 30th St., South Park, 619.546.9653,

Mornin’ Paper

For when you can’t bear to look at the morning newspaper, but you can’t look away either. Calm those tensions at Fig Tree Cafe with a hearty breakfast and this cocktail with Selvarey rum, Royal Combier D’Orange Liqueur, lime and cane sugar.

Fig Tree Cafe (Liberty Station location only), 2400 Historic Decatur Rd., #103, 619.821.2044.

Bipartisan cocktails

Prop. 64

Republican and Democrat cannabis lovers statewide are blazing in celebration over the recent passing of Proposition 64. For a unique cocktail, try this liquid version at True North Tavern with homemade Nolets gin, Amarillo hop bitters, egg white, lime simple syrup, Chareau, and topped with a few drops of CBD (cannabis oil) then garnished with a sprig of mint. (Note: cannabis is composed of hundreds of cannabinoids, and CBD is an ingredient found in cannabis that is non-psychoactive. In other words, you won’t get high from this drink.)

True North Tavern, 3815 30th St., North Park, 619.291.3815,

The Ticket

Perfect for either side of the political spectrum, the ticket either worked this year for you or it didn’t. Sycamore Den’s version will undoubtedly please with Bourbon, peach, lemon, and Angostura bitters.

Sycamore Den, 3391 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.563.9019,

Saying farewell

Ramble On

For Hillary Clinton and Obama, this is the year of goodbyes. This apt cocktail made High West Prairie Dog, Contrite bianco, pear tarragon shrub, and lemon, is a perfect end of the road soother. As the song goes, “Leaves are falling all around, time I was on my way...”

Cucina Urbana, 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222,

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