I finished Drinks for the Democratic debates, Part 1 by telling my readers to "Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow, when I do this all over again for the next ten candidates debating!" Time to start serving the drinks, but first, tonight's participants from DebateDrinking.com.
NIGHT 2I'll get to their drinks over the jump, but first the games. In addition to DebateDrinking.com, Spectator USA, and A.M. New York, Paul W. of You Might Notice A Trend showed up in the comments to yesterday's entry with the following rules for three of the four top candidates in tonight's debate.
Thursday, June 27
- Joe Biden
- Michael Bennet
- Pete Buttigieg
- Kirsten Gillibrand
- Kamala Harris
- John Hickenlooper
- Bernie Sanders
- Eric Swalwell
- Marianne Williamson
- Andrew Yang
I... can TRY to make a drinking game rule.I like those rules, but I had the following responses to them.
Every time Joe Biden tries to talk like a Millennial but ends up sounding like a Baby Boomer, take two shots
Every time Bernie Sanders talks dismissively towards a woman candidate, take a shot
Every time Liz Warren or Kamala Harris sounds like sage wise life forms that WILL SAVE US ALL, cheer and get 10,000 more people signed up to vote, THEN take a shot.
Yes, I have a bias.
Hey, Paul! Good to see you!Consider adding Paul's rules to whichever game you are playing.
Thanks for the rules. I'll put them in tomorrow's entry.
If Joe Biden sounds like a Boomer, then he's still acting younger than he really is. He was born in 1942, so he's actually a member of the generation before the Boomers, the Silent Generation.
I share your bias. Harris the first choice of my wife and I, while Warren is our second choice. Consider yourself in good company.
Enough of the drinking games. Follow over the jump for the drinks.
I begin by being a good environmentalist and recycling from Drinks for the Democratic debates: Joe Biden.
Little did I know that I would be prepared for Joe Biden to run four years in advance!
Like Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and Santorum, Biden has a drink named after him, the Biden Beer Bomb..5 bottle of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer (or beer of your choice. Wheat beer or hefeweizen works best)As if that's not enough, there is a Vice President cocktail.
1.5 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
.5 oz. Cherry Brandy
.5 oz. simple syrup
Need a frozen beer mug or beer glass, then place bourbon, cherry brandy, and simple syrup in a Boston shaker with ice, and shake until cold. Pour mixture into the bottom of an ice-cold mug, then add beer.1 1/2 oz Cuban rum, Havana Club Añejo EspecialThe irony of these drinks is that Biden doesn't consume alcohol. Instead, he prefers a cranberry mocktail like this Virgin Cosmopolitan.
1 oz Mandarin orange liqueur, Mandarine Napoleon
1/2 oz Campari
Stir, strain, up.IngredientsIn any event, if Biden enters the Democratic primary contest, both my readers and Paul W.'s will be prepared.
4 Parts Cranberry Juice
1 Part Lime Juice
1 Part Orange Juice
1 Part Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
1 Twist Orange
How to mix
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange.
Michael Bennet told Eater that his favorite comfort food was “An Italian sausage sandwich at Pass Key in Pueblo, Colorado.” That inspired me to look at Pass Key's menu, where I found the following five adult beverages: Budweiser, Bud Light, Chelada, Corona, and Dos Equis. If one wants an easy drink for Bennet, I would settle for either the Corona or Dos Equis, but I once I found out that a Chelada was a stripped down version of a Michelada, I had to suggest that instead.
Looks like a beer Bloody Mary, which means I'd probably like it. I also might recycle it and the Passionfruit Mango Margarita I recommended for Cory Booker next year for a Cinco De Mayo during an election year.
When I look up Pete Buttigieg's favorite drink, the one that turns up consistently is beer. However, Eater quotes his husband as saying Mayor Pete likes “Beef jerky, string cheese, and Gatorade.” If one wants to drink beer, South Bend has some good craft breweries, if one can get one of their beers. However, I'm more intrigued by the Gatorade, which is used in Tipsy Bartender's Skittle Punch.
That looks like a fun drink and better than beer, although not better than the sentiment on this beer that Mayor Pete found in the Green Room to Colbert's show.
I'll drink to that!
Kirsten Gillibrand made it easy by naming “a glass of whiskey at the end of the night” as her comfort food. That makes me like her a lot better, just not enough to ever vote for her in the primary. Speaking of liking her more, here she is tending bar.
She doesn't need a cocktail; whiskey shots will do just fine.
While Kamala Harris told Eater her favorite comfort food is french fries, U.S. News and World Report mentioned that her favorite restaurants are Amber India and Dosa in San Francisco. I couldn't find any alcoholic beverages on Dosa's menu, but Amber India's bar menu has some really interesting cocktails. Unfortunately, they're all unique, although one, the Pink Elephant, has several variants out in the wild. Any one of them will do. That written, Harris is from Oakland, California, and the most famous drink to come out of there is the Mai Tai from the original Trader Vic's. Tipsy Bartender has the original recipe.
This drink is made using the original recipe created by Trader Vic...THE ORIGINAL MAI TAI! This is one of the classics that defines the genre of tiki drinks. Tiki drinks are rum based and have a fruity taste. The Mai Tai is refreshing and potent, with a nice kick of fruitiness. Best served poolside or on a sandy tropical beach. Don't forget your little cocktail umbrella!
John Hickenlooper opened the first craft brewery in Denver, Wynkoop Brewing Company, so if my readers can get one of their beers, they're set. However, Hickenlooper refrained from plugging his beer to Eater, instead responding “I do have a sweet tooth, and I will look for those little bowls of, you know, M&M’s or mints.” I used one M&M drink for Jay Inslee already, but I'm not above using another, Tipsy Bartender's M&M Delight.
A delicious mix of booze, Ice cream and M&M's.....THE M&M DELIGHT!If my readers have as much of a sweet tooth as Hickenlooper, then they should love this drink.
I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle for Bernie Sanders.
First, the jokes, beginning with a bad one from Hypeline [Now on Medium].It may not be fair that I have so many recipes for Bernie, but that's what happens when he runs twice. I'm ready for him!
Bernie Sanders = Grain AlcoholAs I wrote about their suggestion for Clinton, Hypeline leans right, so their bias interferes with their creativity. Fortunately, I won't have to cite them again.
Bernie Sanders is no more than a cheap grain alcohol. Nothing fancy because let’s face it, nobody should have anything better than anyone else. This is a cheap alcohol that will get the job done. Nobody really likes it but since we need to make sure everyone can equally get alcohol, this is only thing you might be lucky enough for the government to afford you.
Vinepair has a similar suggestion, but at least they're funnier about it.
This self-proclaimed socialist needs a rum with similar values. We’ve chosen Havana Club because it’s still (sort of) Cuban-owned, and thus not sold in the States. Fight the power with a daiquiri, Bernie.Expect more from Vinepair in future installments.
Like Clinton, Santorum, and Trump, Sanders has a drink named after him. Like Trump, this one is official. Food and Wine shared the story and recipe.Sanders treated everyone at the party to a custom cocktail—the Bernie Paloma. The drink was developed by Miguel Marcelino Herrara from D.C.’s hip cocktail spot, Barmini. And while Bernie Sanders doesn’t exactly seem like the type who throws back $17 cocktails (good on him for drinking Heady Topper), the drink that bares his name still sounds pretty good.Bobby Flay of Food Network has another suggestion, The Old Vermont.
If you plan to vote for the Vermont Senator (or even if you don’t), here’s what you should toast with (per the NY Times):
The Bernie Paloma:
1/2 oz. Vermont maple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
2 oz. silver tequila
Garnish: “salt air,” which is sea salt, lime juice, water and Sucro, emulsified with a hand blender.
IngredientsThis recipe is one of the suggestions from Berniementum's party guide along with this shot glass.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce grade B pure maple syrup
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
2 dashes bitters, such as Angostura
Combine the gin, maple syrup, lemon and orange juice and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add some ice and shake a few times. Strain the drink into a martini glass and garnish with the orange rind.
When asked about his favorite comfort food, Eric Swalwell told Eater, “It’s really comfort coffee. My favorite coffee is a mocha.” Tipsy Bartender has just the drink, Morning Coffee.
That will certainly make one a wide-awake drunk!
Marianne Williamson told Eater “I have no comfort food.” After reading a bit about her, I can believe it. So I'm not going to waste a fun recipe on her. Instead, I recommend kombucha, which is the only actual drink that showed up in the results when I searched for 'new age guru drink.'
By the way, Williamson has suggested doing different yoga positions instead of playing a drinking game. Kombucha it is for her.
Last but not least, Andrew Yang told Eater “Kind bars are my comfort food.” I don't find that inspiring. Instead, Yang's singature issue of Universal Basic Income and his entrepreneurial background had me look at Silicon Valley's favorite cocktails, and I found a good ironic choice, the Old Fashioned, a basic cocktail for the basic income candidate.
Of course, if that's not basic enough, one can always drink beer, like Yang is in the photo above.
That's it for tonight's installment. I plan on having at least one more before the next debate that includes all the candidates that didn't make this week's debates. Stay tuned.