A Guide to Election Day Drinks: Campaign-Inspired Cocktails to Make at Home

Mix up a "Nasty Woman" or a "Bad Hombre" for election night festivities

It’s been a boozy election year.

For months, people have been devising drinking games to alleviate some of the tension in this long campaign season.

But, drinking through political change is nothing new for the United States. Before the Prohibition Era, citizens often came to the polls intoxicated, and some candidates even encouraged voters to imbibe. In 1758, while running for the House of Burgesses, George Washington spent his entire campaign budget on booze. With 50 pounds, he bought 160 gallons of liquor to encourage voter turnout and win favor in the burgeoning Republic.

Thus, a tradition was born. 

While this year's candidates won't be providing a free margarita for every ballot cast, voters may want to mix a drink — or several — while waiting for election results.

Joshua Baker, the beverage director for New York City's Underdog bar, came up with a couple of election-inspired drink recipes that can be made easily at home.

Based on some memorable Donald Trump campaign appearances, Baker created two concoctions: the "Nasty Woman" and the "Bad Hombre." 

'Nasty Woman' Cosmo Recipe

  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. raspberry syrup
  • 3/4 oz. London Dry Gin
  • 3/4 oz. White Rum
  • 2 cracks pink peppercorn
  • 4 mint leaves

'Bad Hombre' Bloody Mary Recipe

  • 3 oz. salsa verde (recipe below)
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. agave syrup
  • 2 oz. Illegal Mezcal

Salsa Verde recipe (Can substitute with store-bought, just blend and strain before using)

  • 8 tomatillos
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 1/4 cup onions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 cup water

Blend and strain. This recipe yields about 1 liter of salsa verde mix.

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