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The Ballot Puncher

If any election day calls for a stiff cocktail it is this one!  No matter your party affiliation or level of involvement I am sure we can all say we are glad this campaign season is almost over.  This drink is the perfect anecdote to election night stress – espresso to keep you up for late night results, gin to keep you smiling and some bitter Campari to well…I think you get the bitter part!

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You are going to have to take a leap of faith with this drink – I realize it sounds disgusting.  It all came about when my friend Erikka was travelling and texted a drink menu pic with a negroni that had espresso in it.  Her boyfriend and I immediately decided to try it out and were totally impressed – I honestly have no idea why it works but the floral, bitter and sweet notes all come together for an awesome drink.  Just remember to GO VOTE before you start downing these!

The Ballot Puncher (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  GO VOTE!
Special Equipment:  cocktail shaker

  • 2 ounces fresh espresso, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces Campari

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.  Strain and serve up.

The Ballot Puncher

  • Servings: 1
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Special Equipment:  cocktail shaker

  • 2 ounces fresh espresso, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces Campari

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.  Strain and serve up.

The Cherry Blossom

Ah the cherry blossoms – beautiful, delicate flowering trees that bring apocalyptic traffic and hordes of tourists to DC every year.  I have to admit, they are really gorgeous, especially if you head to the Tidal Basin near the National Mall and catch them all pink and lovely reflected in the water.  However, doing so means contending with thousands of other petal lovers all using ipads or selfie sticks trying to capture the perfect picture while one of their kids rips handfuls of the precious blossoms from the trees.  No thanks.  Honestly if I could telework throughout the entire cherry blossom season I would but since that is frowned upon I just mentally double my commute time and try to enjoy the trees as I gaze out of my nonmoving car window.  Once I arrive home I am blessed to have a terrific cherry blossom tree right by our porch which I can gaze at, no tourists allowed.

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In an attempt to be less cranky about the cherry blossom festival I decided to come up with a cocktail to smooth things over.  Cherries needed to be involved obviously but I didn’t want anything too sweet.  Gin is perfect for pairing with any fruit element as the herbs can really cut through – I used Green Hat gin made right here in DC to make it extra authentic as well as a rose vermouth called Capitoline (also made in DC).  The rose vermouth lent that nice pinky color but if you only have regular vermouth I would toss in some of the liquid from the cherries to get a good blush.  Warning – this drink goes down VERY easily!  One down and all was right with the world again.

Thanks to my neighbor I get my own private cherry blossom viewing

The Cherry Blossom (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  all these dang trees
Special Equipment:  cocktail shaker

In a cocktail shaker, shake the gin, vermouth and St. Germain together with ice (if you don’t have rose vermouth add a little syrup from the cherries for color).  Pour into a martini glass and add cherries.

The Cherry Blossom

  • Servings: 1
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Special Equipment:  cocktail shaker

In a cocktail shaker, shake the gin, vermouth and St. Germain together with ice (if you don’t have rose vermouth add a little syrup from the cherries for color).  Pour into a martini glass and add cherries.

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