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3 Presidential Cocktails for the Inauguration

3 Presidential Cocktails for the Inauguration

It's quite the weekend to celebrate: the day to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., and the day to swear in President Obama in his second term. And that means the restaurants and bars in Washington D.C. are pulling out the big stops to ensure a party fit for the president.

Want some presidential cocktail inspiration for your MLK holiday? (It's a three-day weekend, after all!) Try one of these three cocktails you can find at D.C. bars this weekend:

The Sparkling Second Term

The Obama-tini

The Presidential Cocktail


Or, you can get really specific with your cocktails tonight and drink like each of the 44 presidents. We'll take that Beefeater martini thinking of Kennedy, anytime.

Cocktail Recipes: Get Drunk for Inauguration Day!

Whether you’re celebrating the inauguration of America’s new president, mourning the outgoing administration, or simply looking for something historical to drink, we have a few suggestions. Here are some cocktails preferred by Presidents past — or created in their honor. (With a nod to information provided by the New York Post.) By the way: In interviews, Donald Trump says he doesn’t drink.

Harry S. Truman
Old Fashioned
2 parts Bacardi 8 Anos rum
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 splash water
1-2 tsp sugar
1 orange peel

In an old fashioned glass, combine the sugar, water, and Angostura bitters with a bar spoon. Add half the rum along with 2-3 ice cubes, stirring repeatedly. Pour in the second half of the rum and 2-3 more ice cubes, continuing to stir. Cut a piece of orange peel express the orange peel over the drink to release the citrus oils. Drop the peel into the drink to finish and serve.

William McKinley
McKinley’s Delight (This was popular during his election campaign)
3 oz. rye whiskey (shoot for at least 100 proof)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes cherry brandy
1 dash absinthe (Pernod may be substituted)

Combine all ingredients over ice in a pint glass and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. No garnish is needed.

Teddy Roosevelt
Mint Julep
10 to 12 fresh mint leaves (the President used fresh mint from the White House garden)
a splash water
1 sugar cube
2 or 3 oz. rye whiskey
¼ oz. brandy

In a highball glass, gently muddle the mint, sugar, and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add whiskey, and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Calvin Coolidge
The Coolidge Cooler (Created by Vermont Spirits for his birthday)
1.5 oz. Vermont White vodka
½ oz. American whiskey
2 oz. orange juice
club soda

In a collins glass, add ice and all other ingredients except the club soda. Top with club soda. Stir and enjoy.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bermuda Rum Swizzle
2 oz. dark rum
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. orange juice
1 generous dash of Falernum or bitters

It is recommended that this cocktail be stirred with an actual drink stirrer. Pour into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice stir and serve.

Ronald Reagan
Vodka Orange Blossom Special
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 oz. fresh orange juice

Stir together in a barroom glass filled with ice. Use soda instead of vermouth for a lighter, fizzier cocktail.

William Clinton
8 oz. hard cider
8 oz. lager beer
¼ oz. creme de cassis

Mix in a standard pint glass with no ice and serve.

We also offer a cocktail for a small gathering of friends and a punch for a party, whichever your plans are.

Bankside Punch
1 oz. Banks 5 Island rum
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey-sweetened tea
3/4 oz. mango puree (or juice)
3/4 oz. chilled water

Combine and chill all ingredients. When ready to serve, add to a punch bowl filled with one large ice block, 1 split vanilla bean, along with lemon and lime wheels. Serve in punch cups filled with ice and a grapefruit twist garnish.

Distilling Presidential History Into 44 Cocktails

As Washington, D.C., gears up for the 57th presidential inauguration, political parties are in full swing. We're not talking about run-of-the-mill partisan bickering. We're talking about inaugural celebrations: balls, galas and cocktail parties. Emphasis on the cocktail.

The Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel is just a stone's throw from the White House. Bartender Jim Hewes has been serving up drinks there for nearly 30 years.

"I've served presidents prior to their going to the White House and after," he tells Jacki Lyden, host of weekends on All Things Considered, including Presidents Reagan, Ford and both Bushes.

But non-presidents can order a drink, too. And if you do, you are likely to be served up a dose of presidential history.

"My background was originally history and education," Hewes says.

Patrons come into the bar, he says, and ask about the political portraits adorning the walls.

"Well if I don't know, who does know?" he says.

So Hewes boned up on the presidential past, especially as it relates to the Willard. As it turns out, it's a rich history.

The original Willard Hotel was built in the 19th Century. Abraham Lincoln slept there the night before his inauguration, and President Ulysses S. Grant would enjoy a drink and a cigar in the lobby.

In honor of the inauguration, Hewes has come up with a special drinks menu, distilling presidential history into 44 drinks. Some of the drinks are based on what the presidents would have actually had, like the Madeira enjoyed by George Washington. Our first president made references to the fortified wine in Revolutionary War expense reports.

Other drinks on the list are more symbolic, like the Blue Hawaiian created by Hewes in honor of our current president. It's made with tequila, Curacao and lime juice.

"You feel like you're looking at the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific and, of course, this honors the president's heritage in terms of growing up in Hawaii," Hewes says.

Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, would have warmed up with a hot buttered rum.

"At the time of inaugurals, the weather tended to be rather inclement," Hewes says. "A hot buttered rum was a very, very popular drink at the time, made with Caribbean rum, fresh spices from the island and fresh fruit."

And, according to Hewes, the mint julep was introduced to Washington and our 10th president, John Tyler, by politician Henry Clay at the Willard's bar.

"You hear these stories and that legacy continues," Hewes says. "You're walking in the shadow of giants."

Jim Hewes' Drink Recipes Served At The Round Robin Bar:

The Blue Hawaiian, for 44th President Barack Obama

Patron Silver Tequila, (2 oz.) Blue Curacao (1/2 oz.), lime juice (2 oz.)

-Muddle 3 lime wedges with tequila

-Add ice, Curacao and lime juice

-Shake and strain over crushed ice

-Garnish with a wheel of lime and pineapple

Hot Buttered Rum, for sixth President John Quincy Adams

Aged Cruzan Rum (2 oz.), triple sec (1/2 oz.), hot water

Cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, pat of butter

-Place a wedge of orange, lemon and cherry in a brandy snifter

-Add 1 tablespoon of cinameg/sugar and liquor

-Pour piping hot water into snifter

Variation : substitute hot apple cider

Henry Clay's Southern-Style Maker's Mark Mint Julep, for 10th President John Tyler

-Place in a crystal tumbler: 1 teaspoon of sugar, a small measure of Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon and eight to 10 red-stemmed mint leaves.

-Gently muddle and add a handful of cracked ice stir vigorously.

-Add equal measures of Maker's Mark Bourbon and sparkling branch water, re-stir and fill with ice, agitating with relish.

-Garnish with a freshly snipped sprig of mint, the zest of a lemon peel and dust with powdered sugar.

Inauguration Cocktail Menu - Trump Going Away Party

This selection of satirical cocktail drink recipes is sure to be a hit at your Inauguration Night Party! Toast your anti-Trump friends with 12 fun and delicious cocktails plus 4 mocktails - 16 drink recipes in total. Recipes also include a suggested satirical garnish and phrase to toast your friends with.

Some of the drinks included are:
-Collusion Infusion (pictured in listing)
-Key Lime Comey (pictured in listing)
-Chocolate Mitch McTurtle Martini
-The Eric

This is a digital download of the two-page PDF file. You are not purchasing a physical item and nothing will be shipped to you. Please check out my other postings if you’d like to have this menu professionally printed and shipped to you.

Please do print and enjoy my work but do not distribute it or claim it as your own. If I’ve made you laugh and you want to share the fun with friends just invite them to join you at your party! If you’re hosting an online party please feel free to share it with your guests so they can shake up some fun at Donald’s expense too.

Your going-away party for Trump is going to need some fun party games too - and I’ve got you covered! Please see my other postings for the Election Night Games Pack, or combine this cocktail menu with the games to save with the Election Night Party Pack.

All the presidents’ mixed drinks

The Willard InterContinental Washington’s Round Robin Bar is serving up cocktails fit for a commander in chief. In addition to their inauguration-inspired specialty drinks, the bar has a drink named after and honoring each leader of the United States --based on research of their drink of choice.

Round Robin bartender and history buff Jim Hewes, who has been at the Willard since 1986, has crafted an impressive menu that goes from the George Washington (Madeira wine) to the Barack Obama (a tequila with blue curacao and fresh lime juice).

Each beverage is somehow connected to the president for which it was named. For example, James A. Garfield’s drink is Dewar’s Scotch because Andrew Carnegie sent the 20th president a case of the Scotch whisky as an inauguration present.

Hewes also included some non-alcoholic libations on his menu for the non-drinking presidents. For the Calvin Coolidge, Hewes mixes cranberry juice and soda. The George W. Bush is a diet cola with a slice of lemon (Hewes explained that the 43rd president is a Diet Pepsi guy).

If he couldn’t nail down how a president whet his whistle while in office, Hewes says he considered the tastes of the times, what was socially acceptable and what was available during that era when creating the drink.

“They drank socially all day long,” Hewes says of the presidents.

Hewes added that he is working on expanding the menu with more anecdotes about the presidents and their drinking preferences. And he has some good ones. James Buchanan would stop by a distillery in Washington D.C. every Sunday after church and pick up whiskey. Rutherford B. Hayes’ wife “Lemonade Lucy” refused to serve alcohol at the White House, so the pressmen spiked the oranges with gin at his inauguration.

The items on the presidential-themed drink menu range in price $5 to $15. Hewes says that the drink menu will be featured through Presidents Day.

44. Barack Obama – Blue Hawaiian: Combines the president’s penchant for aged tequila and the cool blue waters of the Pacific. Features aged tequila, Curacao and fresh lime juice.

43. George W. Bush - Diet cola / slice of lemon, “light – crisp” able to keep even the busiest Chief Executive, active, alert, and awake.

42. William J. Clinton – Tanqueray Gin and Tonic: A standard on the Washington cocktail circuit

41. George H. Bush - Absolut Vodka Martini: Always politically correct, with or without garnish.

40. Ronald Reagan - California Sparkling Wine: Introduced to Washingtonians at his first Inaugural

39. Jimmy Carter - Alcohol Free White Wine: served, much to the dismay of the fourth estate, throughout his four years in the White House.

38. Gerald R. Ford – Glenfiddich Whisky, over ice, served in the spirit of bipartisanship. Gerry also favored Budweiser “longnecks” in the bottle

37. Richard M. Nixon - Bacardi Rum and Coke: Dick would relish mixing and stirring, for his guests aboard the presidential yacht Sequoia.

36. Lyndon B. Johnson - Cutty Sark and Branch Water: A post war favorite of” Cactus’ Jack” Garner and Sam Rayburns’ most famous protégé.

35. John F. Kennedy - Beefeater Martini up with olives served regally in the White House to those in the good graces of America’s “Camelot”.

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower - J.W. Black Label on the rocks: An acquired taste from his time spent at Allied headquarters in London during WWII

33. Harry S. Truman - Maker’s Mark and Soda: An aficionado of Kentucky’s finest, both he and Bess enjoyed this long-drink while playing poker at the White House.

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt – Plymouth Gin Martini: "oh… so cool, so clean, so awfully civilized!" Often scolded by Eleanor for his penchant for the highball, this elegant elixir was served at the most important political party in D.C. -- the cocktail party.

30. Herbert Hoover - Long Island Iced Tea: Prohibition conscious imbibers relished this enticing tall drink, which contained everything on the bar except “the kitchen sink.”

29. Calvin Coolidge - Cranberry Juice and Soda: A gentle New England tonic to fortify one’s Puritan

28. Warren G. Harding - Seven and Seven: Popular highball among the “Ohio Gang” especially when served at Speaker “Nicky” Longworth’s poker games.

27. Woodrow Wilson - French 75: A Versailles’ favorite used to toast the “League” and the end of the “War to end all Wars”.

26. Theodore Roosevelt - Ward 8: Politically-charged concoction, brought to D.C. by “Big Stick” Republicans from New York.

25. William McKinley - Gin Rickey: Lime infused long drink made popular at the Chicago Exposition.

24. Grover Cleveland - Sazarac Cocktail: New Orleans sensation, which swept the nation in the 1880’s.

23. Benjamin Harrison - Ramos Gin Fizz: Popularized a block from the White House after construction of the first ‘soda fountain’ at the Willard Hotel

22. Grover Cleveland - Moet Chandon Champagne: The nation celebrated a White House wedding with the finest of French Champagne.

21. Chester A Arthur- The Gibson: Popular with Tammany Democrats named for Chester’s mentor Senator Gibson from New York.

20. James A. Garfield - Dewars Scotch: Andrew Carnegie had the Scottish Distillers’ send the new president a case for his inaugural.

19. Rutherford B. Hayes - Orange Blossum: Washington’s pressmen spiked the oranges with gin
at the tea totalling Hayes inaugural in 1877.

18. Ulysses S. Grant - Roman Punch: It was so cold in D.C. that this fruit and Champagne refresher froze solid in the bowl.

17. Andrew Johnson - Brandy Toddy: Johnson relied on this potion to cure “various, vicarious,
vapors” known to afflict residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

16. Abraham Lincoln - Apple Cider: Although known to have acquired a taste for corn whiskey in his earlier years, fresh pressed apple juice would revive his constitution.

15. James Buchanan - French Claret: This red wine was the spirit of choice in socially astute pre-war D.C.

14. Franklin Pierce – Oachtel: This nectar of the Aztec Gods was discovered by the hero of the Mexican War and introduced , first in New England, then in Washington DC.

13. Millard Fillmore - Brandy Crusta: All the rage in New York and London.

12. Zachary Taylor - Mamie Taylor: This ginger infused refresher was named for Taylor’s corn-cob ‘smokin’ sweetie.

11. James K. Polk - Jack Daniels and Water: Tennessee ‘walkin’ whiskey is served as a manifest
premonition of our nation’s destiny in 1850.

10. John Tyler - Southern Style Mint Julep: Henry Clay mentored our 10th Chief Executive in the fine art of building this compromisingly elegant elixir.

9. William H. Harrison - Hot Spiced Cider: "Twas a cold and rainy day in March when Tippecanoe
walked up the avenue of the presidents to the White House.”

8. Martin Van Buren - Hennessey Martini: An aristocratic mixture, first given to “little Van” by the Lafayette in 1825.

7. Andrew Jackson - Rye Whiskey straight: A two- finger pour of Tennessee’s Democratic, frontier finest.

6. John Quincy Adams - Hot Buttered Rum: a New England toddy with the spiced flavor of the West Indies.

5. James Monroe - Sherry Cobbler: This cool long drink is often called America’s first cocktail, popularized during the Revolution.

4. James Madison - French Champagne: First Lady “Dolly” loved all things fashionable and French.

3. Thomas Jefferson - Meritage Red Wine: Our third president learned to love French wine
while in Paris in the 1780’s.

2. John Adams – Bitter Sling Cocktail: made with a mix of rum and brandy, two of New England’s finest distilled products.

1. George Washington - Madeira Wine: Our first chief executive favored Malmsey, a fortified wine from this Mediterranean Isle. He was also partial to fruit brandies and Rye Whiskey, which he distilled at Mount Vernon.

Inaugural-Inspired Sips

The parades, the balls, the banquets—Washington D.C. is aflutter with Inauguration anticipation. The excitement is also trailing behind the bar, with mixologists crafting drinks inspired by the President and First Lady. So if you can’t snag a ticket to a swanky black-tie affair, head to one of these bars for a celebratory sipper, or mix up a batch at home while watching the festivities.

Stayin’ Put

Recipe courtesy Christian Eck, bar manager at Art & Soul, Washington, D.C.

Bar manager Christian Eck makes syrup crafted from berries found in Obama’s favorite flavor of tea it also tinges the drink a decidedly Democratic shade of blue. He uses Green Hat Gin as it’s the first gin distiller in the District since Prohibition, and tops it all with Champagne because after all, the Inauguration is a celebration.

1½ ounces Green Hat Gin
2 ounces blackberry-infused syrup (recipe below)
2 ounces Champagne
Stick of blackberries and raspberries, for garnish

Combine the gin and the blackberry-infused syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice, and top with Champagne. Garnish with the stick of berries.

Berry-infused syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup blackberries

Combine the sugar, water and blackberries in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove it from the heat, let it cool and strain out the solids. Store the syrup in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.

The First Lady’s Southside

Recipe courtesy Oyamel, Washington, D.C.

This libation at José Andrés’ modern Mexican restaurant was inspired by the Southside cocktail—a refreshing, gin-based Mojito riff, which some believe was created during Prohibition to cover up the taste of bootlegged liquor. Oyamel’s version eschews gin for Tequila, and adds a fragrant syrup and earthy beet juice. Some say the ramped-up healthy variant also evokes the First Lady’s healthy eating campaign.

10–15 mint leaves (reserve a few for garnish)
1½ ounces beet juice
½ ounce housemade lime- and lemon verbena-infused syrup (recipe below)
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces Siembra Azul Blanco Tequila
Lemon verbena blossoms, for garnish

Place the mint leaves, beet juice, lime- and lemon verbena-infused syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle the mint leaves gently to release their aroma. Add the Tequila and ice, and shake the mixture until it’s well chilled. Strain the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass that has one large round ice ball. Garnish with a few mint leaves and lemon verbena blossoms.

Lime- and lemon verbena-infused syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 slice peel
¼ cup lemon verbena leaves

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, boil the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Remove the mixture from the heat. Next, add the lime peel and the lemon verbena leaves. Let steep for 20 minutes or until the desired flavor is achieved. Remove the solids, then let the syrup cool completely. Store it in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.

1600 Penn

Recipe courtesy Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C.

After the pomp and circumstance, the oath of office and the dizzying appearances at Inaugural balls, the President and the First Lady will return to their residence for the next four years. The Park Hyatt’s ode to the world famous address mixes Bourbon and vermouth with a porter from local brewery Port City, sweetened with Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup from Michigan.

2 ounces Knob Creek Bourbon
½ ounce dry vermouth
¼ ounce Port City Porter and BLiS maple syrup reduction (recipe below)
Dash of Angostura bitters
Cherry, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Bourbon, vermouth, reduction and bitters, and stir until chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with the cherry.

To make the Port City Porter and BLiS maple syrup reduction
Add equal parts Porter and maple syrup to a saucepan, and simmer until the mixture is reduced by half. Let cool, and store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Luncheon

As this year marks the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the menu for this luncheon, entitled "A New Birth of Freedom," draws on culinary traditions from the Lincoln era. What exactly does that mean, though? Honest Abe had simple tastes: Think frontier food. After all, he did grow up in a log cabin.

Seafood stew, the starter, was selected not only for its historic roots, but also for practical reasons. Kathy Valentine, CEO of Design Cuisine, a D.C. catering company that planned the lunch menu, explains, "We wanted to start off with something warm, especially after everyone had been standing outside for a number of hours." Good call, since back in 1841, President William Henry Harrison caught a cold after his frigid inauguration day from which he never recovered!

The main course, "Brace of American Birds," features Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney, Herb-Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing, and Molasses-Whipped Sweet Potatoes. The birds hail from a small farm in Indiana, a nod to the Land of Lincoln. Dessert is Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake, which takes inspiration from Lincoln's love of apples, said to be a favorite snack.

Despite all of the media comparisons between Lincoln and Obama, the meal was actually settled on before the results of the November 4th election. Throughout the summer and fall, several menus were developed, and tastings were held. Of course, after the election, the recipes were double-checked for food allergies.

Didn't get your invite? No problem! You can still whip up this fabulous feast at home:

To learn more about this historic meal, visit the site of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. There are details on the floral arrangements, music, and images of Mary Todd Lincoln's White House china, upon which &mdash you guessed it &mdash the meal was served.

El Presidente

The El Presidente cocktail hails from Cuba and was created in the early 1900s. It was likely named for President Mario García Menocal, who ran the country from 1913 to 1921.

During that time, Cuba was a popular vacation spot for U.S. citizens, and that popularity only grew after Prohibition was enacted, when thirsty yankees flocked to Havana for good weather and also good cocktails. Among those cocktails: the Mojito and Daiquiri, which are two of the island nation’s most famous contributions to drinking. But don’t overlook the El Presidente, a classic in its own right that is made with white rum, orange curaçao, French dry vermouth and grenadine.

After the 13-year dry spell of Prohibition, American drinkers brought the El Presidente back home, but like many classics, it all but died out during the middle of the century. It was eventually revived in the aughts by curious bartenders, historians and authors who regularly looked to the past for liquid inspiration.

This recipe comes from acclaimed bartender and spirits pro Simon Ford. It yields a tasty, well-balanced cocktail, but the El Presidente has changed through the years, with many bartenders and drinkers tweaking the formula. If you want more body, try a more richly flavored white rum or a lightly aged rum. If you want to lighten the vermouth, try a blanc style, which is semi-dry, slightly sweet and arguably the style of vermouth used in the original. And if you find the cocktail too orange-heavy, dial down the curaçao. You’ve got options, so tinker around until you make your own perfect El Presidente.

Wilmington, Delaware Now has a President and a Signature Cocktail

The city of Wilmington, Delaware, has announced a much anticipated signature cocktail to call its own – THE WILMINGTON. The city, home to 46th President Joe Biden, in partnership with Aviation American Gin, dedicates the drink to make a historic cocktail imprint at this milestone moment. THE WILMINGTON made its debut one week prior to the Presidential Inauguration. 

The "It&aposs Time Wilmington" campaign, in partnership with Aviation Gin, hosted the cocktail competition open to bartenders, mixologists and everyday cocktail connoisseurs from the city of Delaware and beyond. Competition criteria included the inclusion of Aviation American Gin and the inspiration of all that Wilmington has to offer. More than 25 submissions from across the nation showcased the best of this progressive city including historical references, Delaware state colors, the state flower – the peach blossom, the state fruit – the strawberry, comedic entries and more. 

Newly elected Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride made the official dedication at a virtual ceremony hosted at Le Cavalier at the HOTEL DUPONT. "I&aposm honored to make this historic dedication in my hometown at the start of my first term as a Senator. Supporting our "It&aposs Time" campaign with innovative programming is essential to foster our city&aposs entrepreneurial spirit. Congratulations to our imaginative winners," said McBride. 

Aviation Gin mixologist, Natasha Velez and their team of experts reviewed all entries and awarded the winning recipe to cocktail enthusiast couple Kate Gantner, a staff civil engineer, and Fazal Vandal, a web developer. The couple, Trolley Square residents, are both University of Delaware 2017 alumni. They were inspired by Delaware&aposs heritage as home to the nation&aposs first commercial peach farm. Their subtle peach theme submission was the winning entry given its simplicity – highlighting both peach and Aviation Gin botanicals in an elegant complementary taste profile – and its ease of replicability at home and in bars.

"We are beyond proud that a great American city like Wilmington chose an American craft spirit such as Aviation Gin to be the featured spirit in a newly minted namesake cocktail. All of the submissions were impressive and really showed off the flair and passion that Wilmington has to offer," said Adrian Molina, Sr. Brand Manager Aviation Gin.

1.5 oz Aviation Gin 
.75 oz Peach Infused Simple Syrup 
1oz Lemon Juice 
Freshly Ground Cinnamon Garnish   

Wilmington, Delaware&aposs largest city, feeds off the energy and connections of good people, the economic impact of entrepreneurial businesses and the potential of what&aposs next. The city, with its prime Mid-Atlantic location, is open to new experiences, believes in continuous learning from others and celebrates diversity and change. 

A Cocktail for Inauguration Day: Inaugural Cheer

Inauguration Day is tomorrow! We’re very excited to watch this historic event, and of course we’re also excited about the food and drink that accompany a day of historic import, new beginnings, and a whole night full of gala balls. Here’s a special cocktail recipe that we received from mixologist Danielle Tatarin. This lovely layered cocktail includes wild hibiscus flower syrup, and it’s served in a champagne flute.

The Inaugural Cheer, created by mixologist Danielle Tatarin of The Designer Cocktail Company.

Inaugural Cheer

1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 oz Wild Hibiscus Syrup
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur
2 oz Dry Sparkling Wine or Champagne

Separate the Flowers from the Wild Hibiscus Syrup. Place 1 Wild Hibiscus Flower standing upright at the bottom of the champagne flute.

Mix Lemon Juice and Hibiscus Syrup together. Pour the Hibiscus Syrup and Lemon juice mixture over the flower. Add crushed ice on top of the Wild Hibiscus Flower and Syrup. Slowly pour in Hpnotiq Liqueur over the ice. Slowly top with Dry Sparkling Wine or Champagne.

How it looks is Red on the bottom, layer of Blue in the middle and the crushed ice floats to the top with the champagne giving the illusion of white.

To make this cocktail in batches make sure to separate the flowers from the syrup. Each 1L Jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers contains approximately 25 oz. of syrup, which will make 50 cocktails. To pre-mix the Hibiscus Syrup/Lemon Juice add 12.5 oz Lemon Juice to every 25 oz. of Syrup.

For ideas on what to serve for an Inauguration Day meal, check out our ideas for Election Night:

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