We All Need a Drink, So Here Are Some Election Cocktail Recipes

Host your own "Drink the Vote" party

By A.D. Thompson,

Omni's beverage professionals have created a stellar lineup of candidates — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

From cable news to social media feeds, there's no escaping the ridiculous reality show that this election cycle has become  – short of going "full Thoreau." Sadly, few of us are set up for an extended foray into the wilderness and, truth be told, some of us don't want to! Much like the discourse, we are largely polarized.

Whether you're in the camp that can't rip itself from the tawdry tweets or the one ready for an unrelated story arc to clog up the news cycle, there's one thing we can all agree on: the 2016 election coverage goes down easier with an adult beverage.

In Orlando, guests at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate are being encouraged to #DrinktheVote! Its stellar team of beverage pros have created a menu of election-themed cocktails and they're happy to share the recipes so our readers can host a "Drink the Vote" party at home. 

Options include the Hilla-Rita, Sugar Kaine Smash, Trump-Tini and Ruby Red Pence. Want to stay loyal to your party without committing to a candidate? Go for the True Blue Mule or the Right Manhattan. Those feeling more neutral can stick with the fruity POTUS Punch.

"The Trump-Tini and Hilla-Rita, as you can imagine, have been our most popular drinks," says Cesar Matus, the resort's director of banquets. 

Careful, though – your palate's preference may have you crossing party lines!

Hilla-Rita — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

Hilla-Rita

1 oz DeKuyper Amaretto

1.5 oz Tres Generaciones Reposado tequila

.5 oz fresh orange juice

2 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz agave nectar

Garnish: half sugar & half salt rim, lime wedge

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice.

Trump-Tini — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

Trump-Tini

1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka

.75 oz lemon juice

.75 simple syrup 

1 oz cranberry juice

Splash of Domaine Chandon Brut

Garnish: Sugar rim

Combine all ingredients (except Domaine Chandon Brut) in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a sugar-rimmed glass and top with Domaine Chandon Brut.

Sugar Kaine Smash — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

Sugar Kaine Smash

1.5 oz Maker's 46

Club soda

6-8 fresh mint leaves

.5 oz simple syrup

Garnish: lime wedge squeezed and dropped

Muddle fresh mint leaves and simple syrup in a highball glass. Add ice to glass, then Maker's 46. Top with club soda.

Ruby Red Pence — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

Ruby Red Pence

1.5 oz Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

.5 oz St. Germain

1.5 oz cranberry juice

Garnish: orange wedge

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass.

True Blue Mule — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

True Blue Mule

1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka

.75 oz Blueberry Reàl Infused Syrup

4 oz ginger beer

Garnish: half lime

In a cocktail shaker, squeeze half of a lime into a glass and drop in. Add Blueberry Reàl and vodka. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Add ginger beer and roll contents. Pour into a copper mug.

Right Manhattan — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

Right Manhattan

2 oz Maker's 46

1 bar spoon apricot preserves

1 lemon wedge, squeezed

6 fresh mint leaves

Club soda

Orange bitters (optional at end)

Garnish: mint sprig

Add mint leaves to a mixing glass and muddle gently. Add Maker's 46, lemon juice, preserves and ice and shake briefly. Pour contents into a glass, add crushed ice, top with club soda and stir gently.

POTUS Punch — Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

POTUS Punch

2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 oz orange juice

1 oz grenadine

.5 oz simple syrup

4 fresh blackberries

Garnish: blackberry

In a mixing glass, muddle berries. Add ice, then add remaining ingredients. Stir and pour over ice.