Four years ago, I wrote a five-part series about drinks for the Democratic debates. Since the first Democratic debate for the 2020 nomination is tonight, it's time to revive the series.
The first item of business is the drinking game. Unfortunately, Paul W. of You Might Notice A Trend is not creating drinking games this year; his experience with the 2016 election soured him on the idea. That's the bad news. The good news is that I've found three good ones at DebateDrinking.com, the site I used for the general election debates three years ago, Spectator USA, which is the funniest and most complex, and A.M. New York, which is the simplest. I don't care which one my readers play, but please pick one.
Next, the drinks, one for each candidate in tonight's debate, which DebateDrinking.com lists as follows.
NIGHT 1Follow over the jump for the drinks, one for each candidate.
Wednesday, June 26
- Cory Booker
- Bill de Blasio
- Julián Castro
- John Delaney
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Jay Inslee
- Amy Klobuchar
- Beto O'Rourke
- Tim Ryan
- Elizabeth Warren
I begin with Cory Booker, who claims to have never had a drink in his life. I actually believe him, as he thinks margaritas are made with fruit and vodka. A real drinker would know better. Just for that, I'm recommending the one margarita recipe with fruit in its name from Tipsy Bartender, Passionfruit Mango Margarita.
Of course, if one wanted to be true to Booker's no alcohol regimen, one could serve a mocktail, but what's the fun in that?
As Mayor of New York City, the obvious choice for Bill De Blasio would be a Manhattan. However, he actually lives in Brooklyn, so I'm recommending The Brooklyn from Common Man Cocktails.
The Brooklyn cocktail is the ugly step child of the Manhattan cocktail. Historically, the Brooklyn cocktail never caught on and there were around five publicized recipes that just didn't hit it off with the customers. People could never find the love of the brooklyn like they did with the Manhattan and even the Bronx cocktail.I guess the cocktail, like De Blasio, is an acquired taste.
We give the Brooklyn cocktail a go with the first time and see how that goes! It has a lot in common with the other cocktails in this segment of classics and the best part of the tasting is getting a chance to see one of the cocktails that battled to get manhattan style status in the history books.
According to Texas Monthly, Julian Castro's current favorite drink is Diet Snapple Lemon. However, when he named his favorite comfort food, it was iced tea. If one wanted a non-alcoholic drink, either would do, but I have the same reaction as I did to having a mocktail in honor of Booker — what's the fun in that? Instead, I recommend America's Iced Tea from Tipsy Bartender.
John Delaney's favorite drink is a beer, especially an IPA. This should be easy - no mixing! Also, Delaney's home state of Maryland has a wide variety of locally brewed IPAs.
Since Tusli Gabbard represents Hawaii, the obvious choice would be a Blue Hawaiian. However, she named her favorite comfort food as vegan cupcakes, so I'm recommending a cupcake drink instead. Here's Tipsy Bartender's Chocolate Cupcake Cocktail.
This creamy shot is the perfect dessert martini for chocolate lovers!I hope it's vegan!
Jay Inslee's favorite comfort food is M&M's, so my suggestion is M&M Shooters from Tipsy Bartender.
Amy Klobuchar's favorite comfort food, a baked potato, doesn't inspire much in the way of drinks besides vodka, and that's not very inspiring. Neither is the video of her drinking a beer; I've already recommended a beer to salute John Delaney. However, Minnesota does have an official cocktail, The Bootleg. Watch Lunds & Byerlys show how one is made.
Mix up a batch of refreshing, citrusy Bootleg cocktails.The booze used is Prairie Vodka, so the drink does tie into potatoes after all!
Beto O'Rourke used to be a hacker, so I suggest Hacker-Pschorr beer. At least it's not an IPA.
Tim Ryan once said "I’ll drink a Miller Lite with you." That makes for an easy suggestion, but I prefer something a bit more complex. Besides, we already have beers for Delaney and O'Rourke and I will recommend two beers for the last candidate. He told Eater that his favorite comfort food is ice cream, so how about an ice cream drink? I recommend the Ice Cream Martini from Tipsy Bartender.
That's more fun than a Miller Lite and more fattening, too!
Last but not least, Elizabeth Warren drank a beer when she announced her candidacy, in fact, a Michelob Ultra. That's fine, but I prefer Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which is what I think she should have been drinking, as it's from Massachusetts and has patriotic connections.
That's it for tonight's debate. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow, when I do this all over again for the next ten candidates debating!