Sunday, October 18, 2015

Drinks for Republican candidates: Graham, Pataki, and Gilmore

Paul W. has posted the rules for the Mocktober Republican Debate drinking game, so it's time to finish the project I left off at There's a Santorum cocktail, too, coming up with drink suggestions for the remaining Republican candidates, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.  If Drinks for "The Walking Dead" from Tipsy Bartender and Drinks and drinking games for Donald Trump and the GOP debates count as Entertainment Sunday entries, so does this.

I begin with Vinepair's suggestion for Lindsey Graham.

Poor Lindsey Graham, eternally single. Luckily, whisky is for the lonely. Drink up, Mr. Graham.
That's good for a joke, but it's not even the best hard liquor suggestion for Graham.  Country Living has a much better one from his home state.

Fans of ginger also shouldn't miss Virgil Kaine's ginger-infused bourbon. Heirloom ginger roots harvested on John Island, South Carolina, plus a hint of vanilla make for one smooth and balanced beverage.
Yum.  Now for a signature cocktail, the South Carolina Swizzle Cocktail - The Proper Pour with Charlotte Voisey - Small Screen.

Inspired by the delicious produce of South Carolina and Georgia, Charlotte created the South Carolina Swizzle Cocktail to celebrate one of her favorite regions of the United States. Served in a julep style, this refreshing libation is perfect as a summer sipper.

Remember, great cocktails start with measuring responsibly.
1 1/2 parts Hendrick's Gin - Watch The Unusual Times:
1/2 part Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
3/4 part fresh lime juice
3/4 part simple syrup
1/4 part Yellow Chartreuse

Shake ingredients with ice.
Strain over crushed ice into hurricane or tall glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
If one wants soft drinks, there's the South Carolina Foghorn Leghorn and Blenhiem Ginger Ale, although finding the second may be difficult in most places.

And now, the rules.  From July:
  • [I]f he argues for bombing half the Middle East as a means of convincing our enemies and allies of our manhood, take a drink, break out a map, and start crossing off the NATO allies that are going to stop taking calls from our State Department.
  • If Graham riffs off his earlier joke about drinking heavily to watch these debates, toast him for his sincerity at the least.
  • If Graham refers to this drinking game, finish the bottle, 'cause damn.
From August:
If Lindsay talks about her upcoming work schedule such as a new pop album and hopes of a Hollywood comeback, you've got the wrong Lindsey on your channel so switch it over from TMZ back to CNN [CNBC].
And now from this month's version:
  • If Lindsey openly whines about Steve Spurrier's sudden retirement from coaching the Gamecocks, openly shout back "Gator fans are feeling it too, you selfish bastard" and cry into your drink.
  • If Lindsey brags about using his Senatorial authority to threaten a government shutdown, shout back "Cruz and Paul are beating you to it" and take two drinks.
Follow over the jump for drinks and rules for Pataki and Gilmore.

I'll begin with Vinepair's suggestion.

Wait, George Pataki is still around? Huh. Who would have thunk. That’s sort of the same feeling we get whenever we see Hpnotiq at a liquor store. We had no idea production of that stuff was still going on.
Again, that's a good joke, but it's not a good drink.  On the other hand, Tipsy Bartender has two of them.

First, the New York Sour.

This is a crazy cocktail the mixes red wine, lemons juice and whiskey to create and sweet tasting layered cocktail.
2 oz. (60ml) Bourbon
1 oz. (30ml) Lemon Juice
1 oz. (30ml) Simple Syrup
Tops with Red Wine (Shiraz or Malbec)
Next, The Manhattan.

Ladies and gentlemen a classic cocktail....THE MANHATTAN. This is an old school cocktail that is still relevant today. It is the perfect mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. If you love whiskey then you must try this drink.
2 oz. (60 ml) Whiskey
0.5 oz. (15 ml) Sweet Vermouth
2-3 Dashes of Bitters

2 oz (60 ml) Whisky
0.5 oz (15 ml) Sweet Vermouth
2-3 Dashes of Bitters
If that's not enough, has a recipe for a New York Cocktail.


    2 ounces blended whiskey
    1 ounce lemon juice
    1 teaspoon superfine sugar
    1/2 teaspoon grenadine
    Lemon twist for garnish

    Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
    Shake well.
    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    Garnish with the lemon twist.
If these aren't enough, on can always enjoy one of the craft beers from Peakskill Brewery in Pataki's home town.

As for Jim Gilmore, I'm not going to bother with any original suggestions.  Instead, I'm going to be a good environmentalist and recycle the Virgina drink for Jim Webb, as Gilmore used to be Governor of Virginia, the Virginia Slammer from BarMeister.
1 shot(s)     Jack Daniel's Whiskey
1 shot(s)     Southern Comfort
1 shot(s)     Amaretto
1 shot(s)     Triple Sec
4 dash(es)     Grenadine
2 shot(s)     Orange Juice

Likewise, one can re-use the New York drink selections as alternatives to those I listed for Hillary Clinton, as she used to represent New York in the Senate.  My readers can be good environmentalists, too.

Finally, the rule for both Pataki and Gilmore.
Take a drink if either of them even show up for the preliminary "kids' table" debate.  'Cause man why bother?
Pataki may not be long for the campaign.  Reuters reports that he's one of Six cash-strapped Republican White House hopefuls facing a tipping point.  The others are "Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal...South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum."  Pataki is in the worst shape of all of them, as he has "less than $14,000 on hand as of Sept. 30, less than the $17,600 billionaire candidate Donald Trump spent on yard signs in the third quarter alone" and he's spending money at 226% the rate that it's coming in.  He may not make it past the next debate.  Graham, on the other hand, has $1.7 million in cash on hand.  I expect he'll last until the South Carolina primary before dropping out in his home state.

I'll have one more drink recipe entry for Larry Lessig.  Expect to see it in November.


  1. All I know is Pataki and Gilmore's staff are collectively getting drunk every hour of every day to wash away the blues. What were they thinking?!

    1. Maybe they'll be on Pataki's staff when he gets a Cabinet post. As for Gilmore's people, you couldn't even tell what was on the candidate's mind when he announced. Relevancy?

  2. Lindsey should be careful when he starts talking about Cocks, jes sayin'''

    1. As long as he's talking about the University of South Carolina's mascot, he'll be OK. Otherwise, people will snicker.

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